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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.

Jean Fillioux Star Gourmet

70cl, 40%
Jean Fillioux

Star Gourmet is a 17 year old Cognac from Jean Fillioux. This Grande Champagne region was aged in Limousin oak casks.  More info

Jean Fillioux Star Gourmet
$85.50

André Renard XO Fine Cognac

70cl, 40%
André Renard

This is the XO expression from André Renard's range of Cognac - expect plenty of well-rounded notes of citrus and dried fruit, accompanied by wafts of rich, flaky pastry.  More info

André Renard XO Fine Cognac
$38.53

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
$167.56

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
$57.03

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
$68.29

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
$44.03

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
$49.06

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
$45.01

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
$76.94

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
$41.84

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
$46.24

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
$51.55

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
$139.31

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)
$240.47

André Renard VS Fine Cognac

70cl, 40%
André Renard

From little known producer André Renard comes the entry level expression of their range - the André Renard VS Fine Cognac. A simple, good value-for-money Cognac, suitable for enjoying neat as a…  More info

André Renard VS Fine Cognac
$28.89

Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac - 1960s

75cl, 40%
Hennessy

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…  More info

Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac - 1960s
$264.54

Courvoisier Emperor

70cl, 40%
Courvoisier

Originally released for travel retail in Asia, Courvoisier Emperor is a blend of Petite Champagne distilled on the lees, with Grande Champagne and a little Fins Bois eaux de vie. It's presented in…  More info

Courvoisier Emperor
$82.62

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
$275.00

Richard Delisle VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
Richard Delisle

This is the VS Cognac from Richard Delisle, featuring a beautiful amber hue. As a VS Cognac, the youngest eau-de-vie in the blend will have aged in the cask for at least 2 years before it joined this…  More info

Richard Delisle VS Cognac
$32.72

Brillet 30 Year Old Hors d'Age Grande Champagne

70cl, 40%
J.R. Brillet

A 30 year old Grande Champagne Cognac from the House of Brillet, a family whose history with Cognac dates back many, many years (perhaps as far back as 1656!).  More info

Brillet 30 Year Old Hors d'Age Grande Champagne
$191.74

Jean Fillioux La Pouyade

70cl, 42%
Jean Fillioux

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

Jean Fillioux La Pouyade
$52.68

Jean Fillioux VS Grande Champagne

70cl, 40%
Jean Fillioux

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

Jean Fillioux VS Grande Champagne
$43.12

Daniel Bouju Sélection Spéciale Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Daniel Bouju

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

Daniel Bouju Sélection Spéciale Grande Champagne Cognac
$46.43

A.E. Dor VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
A.E. Dor

VSOP Cognac from the House of A.E. Dor, founded in Jarnac in 1858. Since then, they've been producing eau-de-vie using grapes from the Champagne region to create their exquisite expressions.  More info

A.E. Dor VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac
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$51.62

Remi Landier Napoleon Cognac

70cl, 40%
Remi Landier

Remi Landier's Napoleon Cognac is produced using a blend of Fins Bois and Petit Champagne eaux-de-vie, which spends over nine years maturing in French oak barrels. Interestingly, Remi Landier say…  More info

Remi Landier Napoleon Cognac
$61.36

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