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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 phenomenal 1980's edition of Napoléon Cognac from Courvoisier beautifully presented and simply delicious.  More info
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This is a Grande Champagne Cognac from the family run Jacques Denis distillery. It has an average age of 20 years.  More info
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Several generations of the Denis family have been making this Cognac in the heart of the premier cru Grande Champagne appellation.  More info
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Marcadier-Barbot is a family owned affair that own both the vineyard and the distillery where they make their cognac.  More info
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In 1968 Daniel Banchereau took over his family's wine estate and in 1991 Daniel and his children installed a distillery so they could produce their own Cognac, this is the excellent result of that...  More info
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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
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The Pierre Ferrand Abel expression is made with selected well-aged Grande Champagne Cognac from their extensive stocks, chosen specifically for their exquisite characteristics. Ferrand are...  More info
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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
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Grande Champagne Cognac from a single vintage, produced by Pierre Ferrand. 1972 provided excellent growing conditions for the grapes, which make Ferrand's Cognac, with a mild spring, a frost in May...  More info
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Made exclusively with Ugni Blanc grapes from the Grande Champagne, this VSOP Cognac from François Voyer features eaux-de-vie aged for at least 4 years in Limousin casks.  More info
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$58.24
An XO Grande Champagne Cognac from Breuil de Segonzac, who have dedicated 48 hectares of their 57 hectare estate to growing grapes for Cognac and white wine (the other hectares are reserved for...  More info
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Daniel Bouju XO No. 27
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AN XO Grande Champagne Cognac from Daniel Bouju in Saint Preuil, which has been matured in Limousin casks for a rather long time indeed. Big and bold with rancio, herbs, nutmeg, cinnamon-dusted prunes...  More info
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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
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A rare, well-aged Grande Champagne Cognac from Daniel Bouju, which has been aged in Limousin casks for 40 years. This lengthy maturation period has resulted in an intense, full-bodied flavour profile...  More info
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The impressive Imperium Grande Champagne Cognac from Daniel Bouju sits proudly on the higher end of their range. We believe it ages for 50 years in new Limousin oak casks and is bottled without...  More info
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A collaboration between Bottega, the Italian company behind the Alexander brand, and the De La Tour distillery in France. A well-rounded Cognac presented in a very shiny metallic-gold bottle...  More info
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A Grande Champagne Cognac, presented in an attractive decanter. Napoléon cognacs are generally aged somewhere in between VSOP and XO.  More info
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Carefully distilled by Pascal J Fillioux, this Cognac was aged entirely in new oak barrels. Delicious. La Pouyade is French for "The Pouyade".  More info
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Star Gourmet is a 17 year old Cognac from Jean Fillioux. This Grande Champagne region was aged in Limousin oak casks.  More info
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Famous for their winemaking skills, you may be surprised to discover that Calvet also had time to create a Fine Champagne Cognac. Multi-tasking at its finest. An antique from the 1960s.  More info
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The label of this Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac from the 1960s has been through the wars and seen better days, but the protective force-field that surrounds the Cognac (also known as glass) has kept every...  More info
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Tiffon VS Cognac
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The entry level VS Cognac from the Tiffon House, which was established in 1875. Plenty of vanilla, sugared nut and dried fruit nuts throughout.  More info
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Tiffon XO
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A vibrant, expressive XO Cognac from the Tiffon House, made with eaux de vie from the Grande and Petit Champagne regions. La Maison Tiffon was founded in Jarnac in 1875, and in 1919 Cognac Tiffon was...  More info
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Made to go very well with a cigar, this Frapin Cigar Blend Cognac has a luxurious nose of port, hazelnuts and vanilla, followed by a palate of floral and richly fruity notes. Splendid stuff.  More info
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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 port...  More info
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