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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 beautiful Fine Champagne Cognac made in the two premier regions - Petite and Grande Champagne. This stuff is around 12 years old, with some spirit from the Boinaud Estate harvest of 1989. It was...  More info
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The entry level Cognac from Radnaud-Savourin, this is truly superb stuff, really very good indeed! A lovely VS.  More info
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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
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From the Jules Gautret Cognac House in Jonzac comes a VSOP expression, made with eaux-de-vie which has aged for at least 4 years before bottling. The Gautret House was established all the way back in...  More info
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An XO Cognac from little-known producer Jules Gautret, a house which can trace its history back to 1847. As one of their oldest expressions, this XO COgnac should suit your most discerning guests...  More info
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Not only is Major Cognac the name for the world's most ineffectual soldier, it's also the name for this tasty VS Cognac, bottled in the 1960s. It's old and rare.  More info
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Martell VS - 1950s
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A 1950s bottling of the brilliant Martell 3 Star Cognac. This comes with a very smart-looking blue label, and a spring cap closure.  More info
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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
$123.36
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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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
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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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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
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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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An intense, aged Grande Champagne from Ragnaud Sabourin. The 46% abv is reached naturally during the maturation of this fine cognac.  More info
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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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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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