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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.

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A beautiful Fine Champagne VSOP Cognac from Godet. This is aged for over 14 years and it was awarded a Bronze Medal at the 2009 International Wine and Spirits Competition in London.  More info
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The Club Cigare XO is a blend of well aged eaux-de-vie (an average of around 30 years) from the Grande Champagne region, made to accompany a wide variety of cigars. Of course, this doesn't mean that...  More info
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This was released to celebrate Napoleon's love of fine Cognac. Very rich and intense, and utterly delicious. A wonderful example of well-aged Courvoisier.  More info
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$122.28
Courvoisier VS 1.5l
(150cl, 40%)
A 1 and a 1/2 litre bottle Courvoisier VS. A great Cognac with a floral, oaky flavour. Reputed to be the preferred Cognac of Napoleon.  More info
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$74.30
The family of Henri Geffard have been making Cognac on their estate since 1840, and the quality remains until this day.  More info
$118.81
Godet VS
(70cl, 40%)
Godet's VS is a 3 year old Cognac, blended from Fins Bois, Borderies and Bons Bois spirit. It is a robust, powerful spirit with custard and calves leather notes.  More info
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Martell VS
(70cl, 40%)
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
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$35.28
Initiale Extra is a beautifully packaged Cognac from Courvoisier, made with eaux-de-vie distilled from Grande Champagne and Borderies grapes. The result is rich and full.  More info
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A beautiful 1990 vintage Cognac from top producers, Ragnaud-Sabourin. This was distilled from grapes from the Grande Champagne region - the very top cru in Cognac!  More info
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$185.72
Made on the Ragnaud-Sabourin family's private Grande Champagne estates (first established in 1850). All of the cognacs here are matured as vintage cognacs - there is no blending between years. This is...  More info
$79.98
This is a twelve year old XO Cognac from the family-run Banchereau estate.  More info
$121.47
A VSOP Cognac blended from eaux-de-vie from the Fins Bois and Petite Champagne regions. Jean Fillioux is produce some exceptional cognacs.  More info
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From the family-run Cognac house of Daniel Bouju in the village of Saint Preuil comes this wonderful Sélection Spéciale Grande Champagne Cognac. Matured in Limousin oak, it's slightly floral in...  More info
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Top quality cognac from Ragnaud Sabourin, distilled exclusively from Ugni Blanc grapes grown in the premier Grande Champagne region.  More info
$107.81
The VSOP Force 53° expression from the House of Louis Royer in Jarnac is bottled at 53% ABV - rather high for a Cognac! While intense and powerful enjoyed neat, the added 'oomph' behind this VSOP...  More info
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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
$195.75
A superb Fins Bois XO Cognac from Leyrat, it's a spicy, potpourri spirit, very mature and rich.  More info
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$216.75
A perfectly balanced VS cognac from top producers Jean Fillioux. This is made with eaux de vie from just the Grande Champagne region, the premier cognac designation.  More info
$55.90
This is Richard Delisle's XO Grande Champagne Cognac, a deluxe, limited edition expression from the French producer. Handsomely presented, of course, like all good XO Cognac should be. It took home a...  More info
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Meukow VSOP
(100cl, 40%)
A tasty, aromatic, balanced VSOP Cognac from Meukow. This is wonderful with ice, or even just a splash of water.  More info
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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
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This Daniel Bouju Grande Champagne Cognac is aged new Limousin oak casks, after which it is presented "Non filtré" and, rather surprisingly, at cask strength - an eye watering 60% ABV. There's really...  More info
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Landy VS
(70cl, 40%)
This is a superb VS Cognac from Ferrand's Landy range. It was distilled from grapes grown in the Grande Champagne, the Petite Champagne and the Fins Bois regions. The result is a supple, fruity brandy...  More info
$52.30
A VSOP expression from Richard Delisle in France. This Cognac is made with eaux-de-vie that has aged in a cask for at least 4 years before it was bottled. As such, it's a little bit fancier and comes...  More info
$61.87
Bernard Gauthier, who is also the current Mayor of Malaville, is the head of this old family owned Cognac - one of the oldest being founded in 1750. Despite their grand history, Gauthier remain an...  More info
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