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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.

Hennessy VS - 1980s (Boxed)

68cl, 40%
Hennessy

All the way from the 1980s comes a bottle of Hennessy VS Cognac in its original (and still sealed!) presentation box. A neat collectible piece for Cognac enthusiasts. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Hennessy VS - 1980s (Boxed)
$154.30

Guillon-Painturaud Réserve

70cl, 40%
Guillon-Painturaud

Grande Champagne Cognac from Guillon-Painturaud, a well aged, elegant, artisanal release.  More info

Guillon-Painturaud Réserve
$56.47
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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
$166.43
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Pierre Ferrand Ancestrale Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Pierre Ferrand

Pierre Ferrand's Cognac stands up to the ageing process very well indeed, as evident by the exquisite Ancestrale expression, made with some of the oldest spirits in their cellar. Bountiful notes of…  More info

Pierre Ferrand Ancestrale Grande Champagne Cognac
$468.95

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
$89.56
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Merlet Brothers Blend Cognac

70cl, 40%
Merlet

A very modern little Cognac from Merlet, this is produced using spirit from the Fins Bois and Grande Champagne regions, aged for between 4 and 12 years. A spicy and lusciously fruity spirit!  More info

Merlet Brothers Blend Cognac
$43.22
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Frapin 12 Year Old Cask Strength (cask 1900)

70cl, 46%
Frapin

Cognac bottled at anything other that 40% ABV is fairly uncommon. Cognac from a single cask is rare. Cognac with an age statement is seldom seen. This bottling from the fantastic House of Frapin has…  More info

Frapin 12 Year Old Cask Strength (cask 1900)
$72.37
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Daniel Bouju Tres Vieux Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Daniel Bouju

The Tres Vieux Grande Champagne Cognac from Daniel Bouju in Saint Preuil is made exclusively with Ugni Blanc grapes and aged in Limousin oak. It possesses a rich, powerful aroma, bustling with dried…  More info

Daniel Bouju Tres Vieux Grande Champagne Cognac
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$108.23
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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
$38.94
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NAUD Extra Fine Cognac

70cl, 42.3%
NAUD

The NAUD distillery located very near the town of Cognac might be the world's most picturesque. It's in a converted watermill on a small island by a lake nestled in the middle of a wood. There's a…  More info

NAUD Extra Fine Cognac
$125.24

A. De Fussigny Sélection

70cl, 40%
A. De Fussigny

The entry-level expression from A. De Fussigny's Creation series - a range of excellent Cognac from the house on the banks of the Charente River. The label describes it as "subtle and elegant", and…  More info

A. De Fussigny Sélection
$38.72
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Ragnaud-Sabourin 1990 Grande Champagne

70cl, 41%
Ragnaud-Sabourin

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

Ragnaud-Sabourin 1990 Grande Champagne
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$128.48
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Frédéric Mestreau VS

70cl, 40%
Frédéric Mestreau & Cie

Frédéric Mestreau Cognac hadn't been seen for almost a century before Guilhem Grosperrin resurrected the brand, now based in the town of Saintes. Beautifully presented, this is the VS version (aged…  More info

Frédéric Mestreau VS
$40.40
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A.E. Dor VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
A.E. Dor

A.E. Dor's VS expression uses grapes from Fins Bois and Borderies as well as the Champagne regions that are exclusively used for the VSOP.  More info

A.E. Dor VS Cognac
$40.72

Rémy Martin Carte Blanche à Baptiste Loiseau - Merpins Cellar Edition

70cl, 44.1%
Rémy Martin

The second release from Rémy Martin Carte Blanche à Baptiste Loiseau, created by cellar master Baptiste Loiseau when given "Carte Blanche" to produced an expression from the house's extensive stocks.…  More info

Rémy Martin Carte Blanche à Baptiste Loiseau - Merpins Cellar Edition
$369.68

Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac (White Label) - 1970s

Rémy Martin

We believe that this bottle of Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac was produced in the 1970s. A neat thing to note is that it has a white label instead of their usual shiny gold label, though we're not entirely…  More info

Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac (White Label) - 1970s
$231.45

Daniel Bouju VSOP

70cl, 40%
Daniel Bouju

VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac from Daniel Bouju, presented in a rather handsome, angular decanter. Delicious stuff, and the bottles should tessellate well too. Bonus.  More info

Daniel Bouju VSOP
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$75.15
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Courvoisier 3 Star Cognac (68cl) - 1980s

40cl, 68%
Courvoisier

A bottle of Courvoisier's 3 Star Cognac (you'll find this will be labelled as VS these days - star-based age designations fell out of fashion a little while ago), which we reckon was produced back in…  More info

Courvoisier 3 Star Cognac (68cl) - 1980s
$154.30

Hine Bonneuil 2006

70cl, 42.8%
Hine

A second vintage of this single estate Grande Champagne Cognac from the excellent Hine, taken from a very small number of selected casks - for the 2006 vintage, only 19 barrels were used, all of…  More info

Hine Bonneuil 2006
$85.66
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Richard Delisle Vintage 1965 Fins Bois Cognac (45%)

70cl, 45%
Richard Delisle

A 1965 vintage Fins Bois Cognac from the Richard Delisle range. Ought to be incredibly interesting for the Cognac enthusiasts looking to explore vintages from long ago. This has been bottled at 45%…  More info

Richard Delisle Vintage 1965 Fins Bois Cognac (45%)
$342.33
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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
$181.81

Bourgoin Cognac Fine Pale

70cl, 62.5%
Bourgoin Cognac

A particularly interesting Cognac from Bourgoin with a wonderfully simple but unique label. Their Fine Pale expression is bottled at 62.5% ABV - high-strength Cognac is quite a rarity, making this…  More info

Bourgoin Cognac Fine Pale
$58.88

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
$42.21
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Lhéraud VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
Lhéraud

This is the entry level expression Cognac from the House of Lhéraud, whom are rather fond of direct-fire stills (and who isn't?).  More info

Lhéraud VS Cognac
$32.09

Tesseron XO Passion Cognac

70cl, 40%
Tesseron

With Tesseron's unique heritage as their guide, family members Alfred and Mélanie maintain the legacy of the brand with fabulous vintages and editions suhc as the XO Passion Cognac. A unique blend…  More info

Tesseron XO Passion Cognac
$168.55

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