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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 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.

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
$45.85

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
$72.06

Martell VS 1.5l

150cl, 40%
Martell

Created with mostly Ugni Blanc spirit, the majority of which are from the Borderies region - known for its woody style of cognac. The result is fruity and rich with lots of character. This is the…  More info

Martell VS 1.5l
$67.38

Remi Landier Très Vieux Fins Bois

70cl, 40%
Remi Landier

An exceptional expression from Remi Landier of Fins Bois Cognac, taken from family reserves which stretch back over 40 years. Absolutely riveting, this complex Cognac features notes of saffron,…  More info

Remi Landier Très Vieux Fins Bois
$194.14

Frapin Multimillésime No.6 Cognac

70cl, 41.70%
Frapin

The sixth release of Frapin's Multimillésime, this time a blend of 1986, 1988 and 1991 Grande Champagne vintages. As with its predecessors in the range, 1,270 bottles have been produced.  More info

Frapin Multimillésime No.6 Cognac
$238.08

Domaine de la Grolette Très Vieille Réserve des Borderies

70cl, 40%
Domaine de la Grolette

A very well aged Cognac from Jacques Ordonneau. This was matured for between 25 and 30 years, and was produced using grapes from the Borderies region - the result is a hearty, violet-flavoured cognac…  More info

Domaine de la Grolette Très Vieille Réserve des Borderies
$60.80

ABK6 1985 Vintage

70cl, 42.50%
ABK6 Cognac

This 1985 vintage ABK6 Cognac comes from 6 barrels (FP1, FP2, FP15, FP65, FP66 and FP77), the outturn of which was 2,820 bottles. 1985 had a very cold winter and a dry summer in Charante,…  More info

ABK6 1985 Vintage
$185.23

Godet Epicure Folle Blanche

70cl, 40%
Godet

One of Godet's top Cognacs, Epicure was distilled from the Folle Blanche grape, and it has been aged in oak for 15 years. A creamy, velvety soft spirit with oodles of rich flavour. Very good indeed.  More info

Godet Epicure Folle Blanche
$60.87

Léopold Gourmel Age du Fruit 10 Carats Cognac

70cl, 41%
Leopold Gourmel

A 10 year old Léopold Gourmel Cognac, matured in un-toasted French oak casks - a characteristic of the range, along with the non-use of chemicals and pesticides when growing the grapes. Fun fact -…  More info

Léopold Gourmel Age du Fruit 10 Carats Cognac
$75.49

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
$48.68

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
$39.14

Courvoisier VSOP Gift Pack x2 Coupette Glasses

70cl, 40%
Courvoisier

Courvoisier's classic VSOP presented in a handsome gift pack with coupette glasses!  More info

Courvoisier VSOP Gift Pack x2 Coupette Glasses
$54.23

Davidoff XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Davidoff

Finely crafted XO Cognac, produced for the well-known Swiss cigar company, Davidoff. Scrumptiously flavoursome with plum, honey and oak notes throughout. Once upon a time, the brand was made by…  More info

Davidoff XO Cognac
$117.88

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
$37.17

Le Réviseur VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Le Réviseur

Made from grapes from the Petite Champagne region, Le Réviseur VSOP is oaky and nutty with lots of balance.  More info

Le Réviseur VSOP Cognac
$48.53

Ragnaud Sabourin Cognac No. 20 Reserve Speciale

70cl, 43%
Ragnaud-Sabourin

Top quality cognac from Ragnaud Sabourin, distilled exclusively from Ugni Blanc grapes grown in the premier Grande Champagne region.  More info

Ragnaud Sabourin Cognac No. 20 Reserve Speciale
$84.82

Léopold Gourmel Premiéres Saveurs 6 Carats Cognac

70cl, 40%
Leopold Gourmel

This is the entry level expression from the House of Léopold Gourmel, who don't use any chemicals or pesticides when growing their grapes. Also noteworthy is their use of un-toasted casks for the…  More info

Léopold Gourmel Premiéres Saveurs 6 Carats Cognac
$46.25

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
$27.90

Léopold Gourmel Bio Attitude Cognac

70cl, 40%
Leopold Gourmel

An organic Cognac from the House of Léopold Gourmel! Their Bio Attitude expression presents a light, elegant mouth-feel, on which it carries notes of diced almond, orange blossom and fresh cream.  More info

Léopold Gourmel Bio Attitude Cognac
$51.12

Gautier VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
Gautier

Gautier is one of the oldest houses in the Cognac region and this is their VS expression (previously known as three star), matured at least two and a half years by law and in all likelihood a chunk…  More info

Gautier VS Cognac
$34.10

Ragnaud-Sabourin No. 35 Fontvieille

70cl, 43%
Ragnaud-Sabourin

A wonderful unblended cognac from Ragnaud Sabourin, this is made exclusively with spirit distilled from grapes from the Grande Champagne region. Fresh and floral.  More info

Ragnaud-Sabourin No. 35 Fontvieille
1
$129.16

Frédéric Mestreau VSOP

70cl, 40%
Frédéric Mestreau & Cie

Frédéric Mestreau rides again! It's great to see old brands return, especially when they're on great form. VSOP Cognac bottled and blended in the historic town of Saintes.  More info

Frédéric Mestreau VSOP
$56.98

Louis Royer XO

70cl, 40%
Louis Royer

XO Cognac from the Louis Royer House on the bank of the Charente River. One of their prize expressions, which has won handfuls of awards for its stunningly well balanced palate which comes from the…  More info

Louis Royer XO
$139.84

Frapin Château de Fontpinot Millésime 1989 Cognac

70cl, 41.30%
Frapin

20 year old Frapin Cognac which has spent its life at the Château de Fontpinot on the Frapin family's extensive 300 hectare estate in the Grande Champagne region. This is the 1989 vintage.  More info

Frapin Château de Fontpinot Millésime 1989 Cognac
$154.00

Louis Royer 38 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac Single Cask Bottling (barrel #26)

70cl, 43%
Louis Royer

Matured in oak for 38 year, this Grande Champagne Cognac from Louis Royer is a very special release indeed. The barrels that housed the eaux-de-vie for 38 years were kept safe and out of sight,…  More info

Louis Royer 38 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac Single Cask Bottling (barrel #26)
$265.83

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