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Cognac

Popular Cognac Types: VS Cognac | VSOP Cognac | XO Cognac | Prestige Cognac | Hors D'âge 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.

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
$39.37

Cognac Leyrat XO Vieille Reserve Gift Box

70cl, 40%
Cognac Leyrat

Cognac Leyrat's XO Vieille Reserve is a nutty, complex brandy distilled from grapes grown in the Fins Bois designation of Cognac. Here it comes with a tasting glass in this handsome gift box.  More info

Cognac Leyrat XO Vieille Reserve Gift Box
$89.11

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
$42.36

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
$64.27

G. by Gautier

70cl, 40%
Gautier

A jazzy disco ball of a VS Cognac produced by 18th century Cognac house Gautier for a nightlife-loving younger market.  More info

G. by Gautier
$40.42

Gautier XO Gold & Blue Cognac

70cl, 40%
Gautier

Gold and Blue is a beutifully presented spirit named after the sun gold XO Cognac and river that the Maison stands on. Enjoy neat, over ice or in a classic cocktail.  More info

Gautier XO Gold & Blue Cognac
$98.17

ABK6 Extra Cognac

70cl, 43%
ABK6 Cognac

An Extra Cognac (similar to XO in aging requirements, but in practice usually much, much older) that spent decades maturing in limousin oak casks to produce this premium ABK6 expression.  More info

ABK6 Extra Cognac
$330.75

Drouet Réserve de Jean

70cl, 40%
Drouet

The Reserve de Jean is a Grande Champagne Cognac that takes its name from Jean L'Homme, who founded Drouet et Fils in 1848.  More info

Drouet Réserve de Jean
$67.38

Frapin Millésime 25 Year Old 1988 Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 41.5%
Frapin

A release of 1,000 numbered bottles, Frapin Millésime 1988 is a fantastic 25 year old Cognac that's typical of the Grande Champagne style.  More info

Frapin Millésime 25 Year Old 1988 Grande Champagne Cognac
$116.36

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
2
$39.25

Léopold Gourmel Age des Fleurs 15 Carats Cognac

70cl, 42%
Leopold Gourmel

This is a 15 year old Cognac from the House of Léopold Gourmel, produced using grapes grown without chemicals or pesticides and matured in un-toasted French oak casks. Their website claims this…  More info

Léopold Gourmel Age des Fleurs 15 Carats Cognac
$103.67

Camus Extra Elegance

70cl, 40%
Camus

A hugely impressive Cognac from the Camus range, their Extra Elegance expression is specially crafted using eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne and the Borderies.  More info

Camus Extra Elegance
$362.99

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
$30.79

Cognac Leyrat XO Vieille Reserve

70cl, 40%
Cognac Leyrat

A complex nose with hints of nuts, pastries and caramel. This is a beautiful Cognac, made by Leyrat in the Fins Bois region.  More info

Cognac Leyrat XO Vieille Reserve
$81.01

Léopold Gourmel Age Des Épices 20 Carats Cognac

70cl, 43%
Leopold Gourmel

A Cognac from the House of Léopold Gourmel, matured in un-toasted French oak casks for two decades. Impressive stuff from the distillers, who are also known for not using chemicals or pesticides when…  More info

Léopold Gourmel Age Des Épices 20 Carats Cognac
$170.92

Godet Extra Hors d'Age

70cl, 40%
Godet

A Hors d'age Cognac from Godet, expertly crafted with very well-aged eaux-de-vie - an exceptional postprandial drink from the long-running Cognac house. Handsomely presented, too.  More info

Godet Extra Hors d'Age
$347.49

Brisson VS Grande Champagne 1er Cru de Cognac

70cl, 40%
Brisson

Brission Cognac comes from their 65 hectare estate in Châteaubernard. The grapes used for this VS all came from the Grande Champagne region. An intense, fresh and delicious Cognac, full of character.  More info

Brisson VS Grande Champagne 1er Cru de Cognac
$33.38

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1995

50cl, 58%
Michel Forgeron

Part of Michel Forgeron's Barrique range of single vintage Grande Champagne Cognacs, bottled at higher than usual strengths for this spirit. Very cool.  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1995
$59.76

Jules Gautret VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
Jules Gautret

An entry level Cognac from Jules Gautret, a house which was established way back in 1847. This is their VS expression, which features eaux-de-vie matured in Limousin casks for at least 2 years.  More info

Jules Gautret VS Cognac
$25.93

Drouet XO Cigar

50cl, 40%
Drouet

An XO from Drouet et Fils that's been specially formulated to accompany a luxurious cigar, the sort of thing you can imagine Churchill smoking, or Kennedy, or even Clinton. You can also insert a…  More info

Drouet XO Cigar
$67.55

Rémy Martin VS - 1970s

68cl, 40%
Rémy Martin

A rare old bottling of classic Rémy Martin VS dating from the 1970s! This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item are available, please…  More info

Rémy Martin VS - 1970s
$186.71

Hine 1981 Early Landed - Grand Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hine

Distilled in 1981, and brought for ageing in cellars in Bristol, England, this Early Landed cognac from Hine harkens back to the old days of brandy. Very subtle and well balanced. A lesson in harmony…  More info

Hine 1981 Early Landed - Grand Champagne Cognac
$466.73

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
$49.58

Godet Excellence XO

70cl, 40%
Godet

An excellent 25 year old brandy made from Eaux-de-vie from Borderies, and Grande and Petite Champagnes.  More info

Godet Excellence XO
1
$61.34

Gautier VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Gautier

The VSOP expression from Gautier's range of Cognac. As one of the oldest Cognac houses around (they received a Royal Warrant to produce Cognac back in 1755!), you can bet they know a thing or two…  More info

Gautier VSOP Cognac
$44.76

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