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Cognac

Cognac has long since been heralded as the most revered spirit in the world and its reputation is second to none. It is interesting to learn that Cognac was one of the last regions in France to begin distilling; it was during the 17th century that Cognac production got underway in earnest.

The drink is produced in the town of Cognac to the very west of France, and it has had a recent surge in popularity and the famed Cognac houses - including Hennessy, Hine, Martell and Rémy Martin – have become household names.

Cognac is distilled from a selection of grape varietals, with Ugni Blanc being the most popular. The first step is to press and ferment the grapes to make wine. It is worth mentioning that good Cognac grapes and good wine grapes are two separate entities, for different qualities are required. Cognac grapes do not tend to make for good wine, because they are rather bitter and acidic, thus a good year for wine may not be such for Cognac.

The wine is twice distilled - as opposed to Armagnac which undergoes a single distillation – before the spirit is matured for at least two years (two and a half years for VS Cognac, four and a half years for VSOP Cognac, six years for XO Cognac, and even longer for Prestige Cognac) in oak barrels. There are regional distinctions within Cognac and most houses usually blend grapes from multiple sub-regions within the Cognac area. The regions are ringed around the town, and the most central regions are the most venerated. The premier cru is Grand Champagne, so named for the nature of its soils.

Martell VS

70cl, 40%
Martell

This classic VS cognac from Martell is largely made with Ugni Blanc grapes from the Borderies region. The results are fruity and woody and quite complex.  More info

Martell VS
2
$24.75

Jules Gautret VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Jules Gautret

From the Jules Gautret Cognac House in Jonzac comes a VSOP expression, made with eaux-de-vie which has aged for at least 4 years before bottling. The Gautret House was established all the way back in…  More info

Jules Gautret VSOP Cognac
$37.65

Drouet Paradis de Famille

70cl, 42%
Drouet

From Drouet & Fils comes one of their most well-aged expression - the Paradis de Famille Grande Champagne Cognac. To create this,the distillers blended together eaux-de-vie which has been matured…  More info

Drouet Paradis de Famille
$106.79

Louis Royer VSOP

70cl, 40%
Louis Royer

The Louis Royer House of Cognac is located on the picturesque bank of the Charente River in Jarnac and has been since it was founded in 1853. They recommend enjoying the Louis Royer VSOP with a…  More info

Louis Royer VSOP
$43.05

Pierre Ferrand 1840 Original Formula

70cl, 45%
Pierre Ferrand

This is a VS Cognac from Pierre Ferrand, made to an original recipe from 1840. It is a premier cru brandy, made from grapes grown in the Grande Champagne region of Cognac. The result was awarded 94…  More info

Pierre Ferrand 1840 Original Formula
$42.29

Le Réviseur XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Le Réviseur

Brilliant single estate XO Cognac, made using grapes taken from the Petit Champagne region of Cognac. Supremely elegant and rich with notes of rancio, oak, vanilla and dried fruit.  More info

Le Réviseur XO Cognac
$98.97

Maxime Trijol Extra Grande Champagne

70cl, 40%
Maxime Trijol

Stunningly presented in a handsome decanter, Maxime Trijol's Extra is distilled from grapes from the Grande Champagne region - the premier designation of Cognac. It offers rich aromas of rancio, with…  More info

Maxime Trijol Extra Grande Champagne
$150.16

Brisson VSOP

70cl, 40%
Brisson

A VSOP Cognac from Gilles Brisson, using eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne region.  More info

Brisson VSOP
$31.88

Bisquit VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Bisquit Dubouché et Cie

A VSOP from Bisquit, one of Winston Churchill's favourite Cognac Houses.  More info

Bisquit VSOP Cognac
$43.18

Le Réviseur VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
Le Réviseur

Le Réviseur make their Cognac with grapes from the Petite Champagne Cognac region. This VS offers loads of nutty, fruity notes.  More info

Le Réviseur VS Cognac
$33.86

Courvoisier VSOP Exclusif Cognac

70cl, 40%
Courvoisier

Aged for slightly longer than a VS, this is designed for the contemporary brandy market. Exclusif is very fruity and rich, and works great in cocktails.  More info

Courvoisier VSOP Exclusif Cognac
3
$36.85

Frapin Signature Cognac

70cl, 40%
Frapin

The Frapin Signature Cognac is made with 100% Grande Champagne grapes which have been harvested from their vast estate in the South West of France. Its flavours develop brilliantly on the palate,…  More info

Frapin Signature Cognac
1
$70.20

Godet Excellence XO

70cl, 40%
Godet

An excellent 25 year old brandy made from Eaux-de-vie from Borderies, and Grande and Petite Champagnes.  More info

Godet Excellence XO
1
$63.91

Martell VS 35cl

35cl, 40%
Martell

A fruity, subtle VS Cognac from Martell. Recommended as a mixing spirit.  More info

Martell VS 35cl
$17.37

Courvoisier 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Courvoisier

When Courvoisier brought out this 12 year old Cognac, they bucked a huge trend in the industry. In fact, it marked the first time ever that one of the big Cognac houses had bottled one of its spirits…  More info

Courvoisier 12 Year Old
1
$54.94

Bache Gabrielsen 1992 Fins Bois

70cl, 45.70%
Bache Gabrielsen

A 1992 vintage Fins Bois Cognac from Bache-Gabrielsen, a Cognac house which is very popular in Norway. Sometimes you might find their expressions under the Dupuy name.  More info

Bache Gabrielsen 1992 Fins Bois
$88.04

Jean Fillioux XO Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 44%
Jean Fillioux

Very well aged Grande Champagne Cognac from Jean Fillioux. This XO expression captures decadent, expressive notes of plump dried raisin, generous vanilla, roasted almonds and spicy cinnamon. Enjoy…  More info

Jean Fillioux XO Grande Champagne Cognac
$89.83

Ragnaud Sabourin Cognac Florilege Gift Set

70cl, 46%
Ragnaud-Sabourin

An intense Grande Champagne from Ragnaud Sabourin. This is marked by a classic Rancio character, with hints of coffee, cedar and leather. This set comes with two tasting glasses  More info

Ragnaud Sabourin Cognac Florilege Gift Set
$183.38

ABK6 VS Pure Single Cognac

70cl, 40%
ABK6 Cognac

A 70cl bottling of ABK6 Cognac's excellent single estate VS from Abceassis Domaine. A Gold medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge in 2010.  More info

ABK6 VS Pure Single Cognac
$34.72

Tiffon Grand Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Tiffon

This expression from the House of Tiffon near the town of Jarnac, whom have been family run since 1875, is comprised solely of eaux-de-vie from Cognac's most renowned and respected region - Grange…  More info

Tiffon Grand Champagne Cognac
$155.04

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1996

50cl, 56%
Michel Forgeron

We love these Michel Forgeron Barrique releases, single vintage Cognacs bottled at hearty abvs.  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1996
$61.80

Maxime Trijol VSOP

70cl, 40%
Maxime Trijol

Classic VSOP Cognac from Maxime Trijol. The family installed the first still in November of 1859. The company now owns 20 2,500 litre charentais pot stills, and they are one of the largest distillers…  More info

Maxime Trijol VSOP
$36.35

André Renard VSOP Fine Cognac

70cl, 40%
André Renard

A VSOP Cognac from little known producer, André Renard. There looks to be a rather heavily bearded chap on a small emblem on the presentation box. We can only hope that this is the eponymous André…  More info

André Renard VSOP Fine Cognac
$34.17

Bache Gabrielsen Pure & Rustic VSOP

70cl, 40%
Bache Gabrielsen

This is the VSOP Cognac from Bache Gabrielsen's Pure & Rustic Range. Created by the Cellar Master of Bache Gabrielsen - Jean-Philippe Bergier - the range shows off a modern, light, elegant style of…  More info

Bache Gabrielsen Pure & Rustic VSOP
$40.50

Delamain Pale and Dry XO

70cl, 40%
Delamain

A Grande Champagne Cognac blended from well-aged eaux-de-vie, this enjoys a two year marriage. It is "pale" for it has a light hue, despite its age, and is "dry" for it has no added sweetener.  More info

Delamain Pale and Dry XO
$82.46

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