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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.

Cognac is produced in the town of Cognac to the very west of France, and it has had a recent surge in popularity among the houses which produce the best Cognac - 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 central regions are the most venerated. The premier cru is Grand Champagne, so named for the nature of its soils.

Cognac is a protected designation of origin (PDO), which means that it can only be made in the Cognac region of France.

Hermitage 1988 Chez Richon Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hermitage

This delightful 1988 vintage Chez Richon Cognac was created with Ugni Blanc and Folle Blanche grapes from chalky soil in the Grande Champage cru. It was distilled on a small still with a fairly heavy…  More info

Hermitage 1988 Chez Richon Grande Champagne Cognac
$152.35

Fanny Fougerat Petite Cigüe VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Fanny Fougerat

A fascinating VSOP Cognac from Fanny Fougerat, based in the Borderies region and making exceptional expressions from eaux-de-vie otherwise destined to become part of a blend for bigger Cognac houses.…  More info

Fanny Fougerat Petite Cigüe VSOP Cognac
$45.02

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
$157.75

A.E. Dor No.6 Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
A.E. Dor

Made with eaux-de-vie aged for at least 25 years, this Grande Champagne Cognac from A.E. Dor is a right spicy little number, but well rounded in the way that old, finely crafted Cognac often seems to…  More info

A.E. Dor No.6 Grande Champagne Cognac
$235.19
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Hermitage Provenance 25

70cl, 43%
Hermitage

A bottling of 25 year old Cognac from the Grande Champagne region, released as part of the Provenance series by brandy bottler, Hermitage. This one was crafted using Ugni Blanc and Folle Blanche…  More info

Hermitage Provenance 25
$126.91
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Delamain Collection Plénitude 1980 - Pléaide

70cl, 42%
Delamain

A particularly swanky Grande Champagne Cognac here from Delamain and its Pléaide range. The Collection Plénitude release is a single cask expression distilled back in 1980 and matured for 40 years.…  More info

Delamain Collection Plénitude 1980 - Pléaide
$538.20
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Vaudon Fine Rare Cognac

70cl, 43%
Vaudon

An approachable Cognac from the Vaudon range, which can date its history in the Cognac world all the way back to 1771! The Fine Rare expression is made with eaux de vie from the Fins Bois region, and…  More info

Vaudon Fine Rare Cognac
$52.75

Cognac Couprie VS

70cl, 40%
Cognac Couprie

VS Grande Champagne Cognac from the House of Couprie. Though not quite as well known as some of the bigger Cognac Houses, Couprie produce some utterly marvellous expressions - as you'd expect from a…  More info

Cognac Couprie VS
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$45.85

Hermitage 50 Year Old Petite Champagne Cognac

70cl, 41%
Hermitage

A truly astonishing Cognac from the ever-wonderful Hermitage, this well-aged expression was produced from Ugni Blanc grapes from the Petite Champagne cru. It rested for many moons, and after half a…  More info

Hermitage 50 Year Old Petite Champagne Cognac
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$492.60

Jean Fillioux Coq

70cl, 40%
Jean Fillioux

A Grande Champagne Cognac, produced on the Fillioux family's 54 acre vineyards.  More info

Jean Fillioux Coq
$42.60

Hermitage 1990 Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 41%
Hermitage

A marvellous expression here from the Hermitage range - it's a 1990 vintage Grande Champagne Cognac! Enjoyably fruity stuff, with a depth of baked goods and nutty richness. Clearly a great year for…  More info

Hermitage 1990 Grande Champagne Cognac
$126.91

Richard Delisle VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Richard Delisle

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

Richard Delisle VSOP Cognac
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$40.62

Hermitage 1989 Chez Richon Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 44%
Hermitage

This delicious 1989 vintage Grande Champagne Cognac was crafted from mainly Ugni Blanc but some Folle Blanche grapes. It was distilled in in small stills and matured in oak casks before Hermitage…  More info

Hermitage 1989 Chez Richon Grande Champagne Cognac
$125.89
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A.E. Dor No.7 Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 42%
A.E. Dor

The A.E. Dor No.7 Cognac, made using eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne region, one of the most well-respected in Cognac. This is a powerful, dynamic expression, particularly on the palate.  More info

A.E. Dor No.7 Grande Champagne Cognac
$264.08

Frapin Extra Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Frapin

An exquisite blend of Cognac, taken from the Frapin family's ancient reserves, many of which are well aged. Incredibly indulgent, the Frapin Extra features a nose thick with the aromas of vintage…  More info

Frapin Extra Grande Champagne Cognac
$458.37

Maxime Trijol Elegance

70cl, 40%
Maxime Trijol

Trijol has built up a great reputation for quality over its long history and this cognac is a perfect example of the standards they set. It's produced in St Martial Sur Né, in the heart of the Cognac…  More info

Maxime Trijol Elegance
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$45.69

Richard Delisle XO Grand Champagne Cognac - Collection Prestige

70cl, 40%
Richard Delisle

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

Richard Delisle XO Grand Champagne Cognac - Collection Prestige
$99.53

Tesseron Extreme

175cl, 40%
Tesseron

The Extreme expression sits at the very top of the Tesseron Cognac range, made with eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne region using Ugni Blanc, Folles Blanche and Colombard grapes. The spirits are…  More info

Tesseron Extreme
$3,554.84

Hermitage 1975 Grande Champagne Cognac - Master of Malt Exclusive

70cl, 43%
Hermitage

Master of Malt exclusive! Take a gander at this – it's a Grande Champagne Cognac which was distilled all the way back in 1975 and bottled up by Hermitage for... Us! Yes, this is another marvellous…  More info

Hermitage 1975 Grande Champagne Cognac - Master of Malt Exclusive
$345.32

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
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$92.36

Ferrand Légendaire Cognac

70cl, 42.1%
Pierre Ferrand

A decadent Grande Champagne Cognac here from Ferrand, made using some extraordinary eaux-de-vie. Before bottling, the assemblage is allowed some time in what the producers call a "zebra" cask. Staves…  More info

Ferrand Légendaire Cognac
$2,031.34

Tesseron Extra Légende

70cl, 40%
Tesseron

Tesseron Extra Légende is a blend of around 50 eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne region, distilled using Ugni Blanc and Folle Blanche grape varieties. Yet another extraordinary expression from…  More info

Tesseron Extra Légende
$269.15

Godet No.1 Gentleman Cocktail

70cl, 42.5%
Godet

The Godet No.1 Gentleman Cocktail Cognac is a blend of 3 years old Cognac from the Fins Bois and Bons Bois regions. It was created specially to be used in cocktails, so whether you enjoy a Sidecar or…  More info

Godet No.1 Gentleman Cocktail
$35.54

Bourgoin Cognac Microbarrique 1998

35cl, 43%
Bourgoin Cognac

A tremendous 1998 vintage XO Cognac from Bourgoin. This expression was treated to a finishing period in a ten litre micro-barrel that had been heavily charred with a flame, a technique referred to as…  More info

Bourgoin Cognac Microbarrique 1998
$66.99

Gautier Pinar Del Rio XO

70cl, 41.2%
Gautier

Named after a Cuban valley where tobacco leaves are grown, Pinar Del Rio is an XO Cognac from Gautier created especially to pair with a fine cigar. The perfect gift for any cigar lover.  More info

Gautier Pinar Del Rio XO
$137.12

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