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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.

Hennessy Privé

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

A Cognac that pays tribute to James Hennessy and is inspired by Art Deco. Master Blender Yann Fillioux put together Privé in 2009 as a recreation of James Hennessy's own Art Deco homage, the secrets…  More info

Hennessy Privé
$387.77

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
$84.01

Brisson VSOP

70cl, 40%
Brisson

A VSOP Cognac from Gilles Brisson, using eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne region.  More info

Brisson VSOP
$30.50

Guillon-Painturaud Renaissance

70cl, 40%
Guillon-Painturaud

Sitting above the Réserve and Hors d'Age in the Guillon-Painturaud range, this Cognac is around 20 years old!  More info

Guillon-Painturaud Renaissance
$192.10

Martell VS 3.78l - 1970s

378cl, 40%
Martell

A very large antique bottle of Martell VS Cognac, holding 3.78 litres of the classic tipple. It was produced back in the 1970s, and would likely have been used in a pub or bar and enjoyed by people…  More info

Martell VS 3.78l - 1970s
$1,240.85

Remi Landier Très Vieux Fins Bois

70cl, 40%
Remi Landier

An exceptional expression from Remi Landier of Fins Bois Cognac, taken from family reserves which stretch back over 40 years. Absolutely riveting, this complex Cognac features notes of saffron,…  More info

Remi Landier Très Vieux Fins Bois
$240.65

Hine 1985 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hine

Full bodied, spicy and muscular, this vintage HINE Cognac comes from 1985 when the sunny weather ran right through into the harvest. HINE only set aside casks for vintage releases in exceptional…  More info

Hine 1985 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac
$291.14

Ragnaud Sabourin VSOP Grande Champagne

70cl, 41%
Ragnaud-Sabourin

A perfectly balanced VSOP Cognac, made by exclusively using grapes from the premier Grande Champagne designation. A fruity, aromatic spirit from Ragnaud Sabourin.  More info

Ragnaud Sabourin VSOP Grande Champagne
$46.36

Jean Fillioux Balzac VSOP

70cl, 40%
Jean Fillioux

A VSOP Cognac blended from eaux-de-vie from the Fins Bois and Petite Champagne regions. Jean Fillioux is produce some exceptional cognacs.  More info

Jean Fillioux Balzac VSOP
$40.84

Camus Extra Dark & Intense

70cl, 40%
Camus

Camus Extra Dark and Intense, released fifteen years after Extra Elegance was first introduced, is produced by selecting Extra casks, emptying them, re-toasting them and then returning the spirit…  More info

Camus Extra Dark & Intense
$378.31

Martell VS 1.5l

150cl, 40%
Martell

Created with mostly Ugni Blanc spirit, the majority of which are from the Borderies region - known for its woody style of cognac. The result is fruity and rich with lots of character. This is the…  More info

Martell VS 1.5l
$57.18

Bache Gabrielsen Pure & Rustic XO

70cl, 40%
Bache Gabrielsen

The XO expression from the Pure & Rustic range created by Bache-Gabrielsen cellar master Jean-Philippe Bergier, which shows off a modern style of Cognac.  More info

Bache Gabrielsen Pure & Rustic XO
$57.97

A.E. Dor Napoléon Cognac

70cl, 40%
A.E. Dor

The A.E. Dor Napoléon is a blend of three eaux-de-vie, featuring qualities from three different crus (Grande Champagne, Fins Bois and Borderies) resulting in a deliciously mellow and easy to enjoy…  More info

A.E. Dor Napoléon Cognac
$69.61

Olivier Tébily VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Olivier Tébily

Olivier Tébily played football for the Ivory Coast (as well as Birmingham, Celtic and Sheffield United) and moved into winemaking when he retired from sport. Not a bad career! This is the VSOP…  More info

Olivier Tébily VSOP Cognac
$41.79

Pierre De Segonzac XO Sélection des Anges

70cl, 40%
Pierre de Segonzac

XO Grande Champagne Cognac from Pierre de Sedonzac's selection. The name of this expression is of course a reference to the Angel's Share, the romanticised evaporation of spirits which takes place as…  More info

Pierre De Segonzac XO Sélection des Anges
3
$84.12

Claude Thorin XO

70cl, 40%
Claude Thorin

From Claude Thorin comes their XO Grande Champagne Cognac from the Classics range, featuring Cognac distilled both by Claude and his father André when he was still at the helm of the Cognac house.  More info

Claude Thorin XO
$84.44

Pierre de Segonzac Extra

70cl, 40%
Pierre de Segonzac

Well aged (and well presented) Grande Champagne Cognac from the Pierre De Segonzac range. The distillers suggest enjoying it alongside dark chocolate, vanilla ice cream or perhaps a cigar.  More info

Pierre de Segonzac Extra
1
$149.39

Drouet Paradis de Famille

70cl, 42%
Drouet

From Drouet & Fils comes one of their most well-aged expression - the Paradis de Famille Grande Champagne Cognac. To create this,the distillers blended together eaux-de-vie which has been matured…  More info

Drouet Paradis de Famille
$102.17

Le Réviseur VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
Le Réviseur

Le Réviseur make their Cognac with grapes from the Petite Champagne Cognac region. This VS offers loads of nutty, fruity notes.  More info

Le Réviseur VS Cognac
$32.40

Bache Gabrielsen 1992 Fins Bois

70cl, 45.7%
Bache Gabrielsen

A 1992 vintage Fins Bois Cognac from Bache-Gabrielsen, a Cognac house which is very popular in Norway. Sometimes you might find their expressions under the Dupuy name.  More info

Bache Gabrielsen 1992 Fins Bois
$84.23

Ragnaud Sabourin Cognac Florilege Gift Set

70cl, 46%
Ragnaud-Sabourin

An intense Grande Champagne from Ragnaud Sabourin. This is marked by a classic Rancio character, with hints of coffee, cedar and leather. This set comes with two tasting glasses  More info

Ragnaud Sabourin Cognac Florilege Gift Set
$175.44

Rémy Martin Louis XIII Cognac

70cl, 40%
Rémy Martin

A truly stunning Cognac from Rémy Martin. It is blended from around 1,200 different eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne appellation, and some of the spirit was distilled more than 100 years…  More info

Rémy Martin Louis XIII Cognac
4
$1,990.47

Remi Landier Heritage Coupe N°2

70cl, 45%
Remi Landier

A rather excellent Fins Bois Cognac from Remi Landier, presented as part of their Heritage series. Hugely expressive...  More info

Remi Landier Heritage Coupe N°2
$259.39

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
$423.12

Olivier Tébily XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Olivier Tébily

From the Cognac OT range, created by former footballer Olivier Tébily, comes the Cognac OT XO. The OTXO, if you will.  More info

Olivier Tébily XO Cognac
$67.40

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