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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 (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.

A. E. Dor No.6 Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
A.E. Dor

Made with eaux-de-vie aged for at least 25 years, this Grande Champagne Cognac from A.E. Dor is a right spicy little number, but well rounded in the way that old, finely crafted Cognac often seems to…  More info

A. E. Dor No.6 Grande Champagne Cognac
$214.63

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
$275.15

A.E. Dor Cigar Cognac

70cl, 42%
A.E. Dor

Produced by the top cognac house A E Dor, this is a delicious blend of Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne as well as some Fins Bois and Borderies to create the desired flavour profile. It was also…  More info

A.E. Dor Cigar Cognac
$105.61

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
$74.24

A.E. Dor No.8 Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 47%
A.E. Dor

A very old Cognac from A.E. Dor, using eaux-de-vie sourced from the Grande Champagne region. The house was founded in 1858 in Jarnac, meaning they lived through the phylloxera outbreak, in the latter…  More info

A.E. Dor No.8 Grande Champagne Cognac
$335.69

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
1
$51.65

A.E. Dor XO Fine Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
A.E. Dor

XO Cognac from the A.E. Dor house, made with a rich blend of Grande and Petit Champagne eaux-de-vie. Light, honeyed, delicate and supremely well crafted.  More info

A.E. Dor XO Fine Champagne Cognac
$104.51

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
$167.65

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
$351.65

ABK6 Ice Cognac

70cl, 40%
ABK6 Cognac

With the ABK6 Ice Cognac, you can take everything you know about letting a Cognac warm up in your hand and leave it behind, because this Cognac is specially made to be served on ice! With aromas of…  More info

ABK6 Ice Cognac
$43.29

ABK6 VS Pure Single Cognac

70cl, 40%
ABK6 Cognac

A 70cl bottling of ABK6 Cognac's excellent single estate VS from Abceassis Domaine. A Gold medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge in 2010.  More info

ABK6 VS Pure Single Cognac
$35.43

ABK6 VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
ABK6 Cognac

ABK6 VSOP Cognac is a single estate expression made by the family-owned Cognac house, whom have seen snapping up award after award in recent years. A sublime Cognac in many, many way. Named World's…  More info

ABK6 VSOP Cognac
2
$45.95

ABK6 XO Family Reserve

70cl, 40%
ABK6 Cognac

A single estate XO Cognac from the ABK6 range, just completely jam-packed with classic well-aghed Cognac notes - you've got your cigar box, dusty oak, worn leather, chewy dried fruit, a hint of…  More info

ABK6 XO Family Reserve
$103.13

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
$28.90

André Renard VSOP Fine Cognac

70cl, 40%
André Renard

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

André Renard VSOP Fine Cognac
$34.87

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
$38.55

Bache Gabrielsen 1992 Fins Bois

70cl, 45.70%
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
$89.83

Bache Gabrielsen Pure & Rustic VSOP

70cl, 40%
Bache Gabrielsen

This is the VSOP Cognac from Bache Gabrielsen's Pure & Rustic Range. Created by the Cellar Master of Bache Gabrielsen - Jean-Philippe Bergier - the range shows off a modern, light, elegant style of…  More info

Bache Gabrielsen Pure & Rustic VSOP
$41.33

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
$61.83

Bache Gabrielsen VS

70cl, 40%
Bache Gabrielsen

The entry level expression from the Bache-Gabrielsen, who have been producing Cognac since 1905 when Thomas Bache-Gabrielsen from Norway followed his interest of brandy to the Cognac region. For the…  More info

Bache Gabrielsen VS
$29.80

Bache Gabrielsen VSOP

70cl, 40%
Bache Gabrielsen

This is the VSOP expression from the Bache-Gabrielsen House, created using 20% Petite Champagne and 80% Fins Bois eaux-de-vie. The Cognac from Bache-Gabrieleon is rather popular in Norway, with its…  More info

Bache Gabrielsen VSOP
$36.22

Bache Gabrielsen XO

70cl, 40%
Bache Gabrielsen

The XO expression from Bache-Gabrielsen, made using a blend of well-aged eaux-de-vie from both the Grande and Petite Champagne regions. Delicious after-dinner drinking here, and might just make a…  More info

Bache Gabrielsen XO
$58.53

Banchereau 8 Year Old Napoleon Cognac

70cl, 40%
Banchereau

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

Banchereau 8 Year Old Napoleon Cognac
$58.12

Baron Otard VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Otard

This is the VSOP Cognac from the Baron Otard House of Cognac, established by Baron Jean-Baptiste Otard in 1795. Matured in a cellars located in the lowers vault of their Château of Cognac, the VSOP…  More info

Baron Otard VSOP Cognac
4
$49.14

Baron Otard XO Gold

70cl, 40%
Otard

XO Cognac from the Baron Otard selection! Wonderfully presented and expertly blended, this Cognac presents oodles of elegant, floral notes up front, followed by honey, plum and crushed nuts. This is…  More info

Baron Otard XO Gold
$132.34

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