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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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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
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A.E. Dor Cigar Cognac
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Produced by the top cognac house A E Dor, this is a delicious Fine Champagne (a blend of Cognac distilled from grapes grown on the premier Grande Chamapagne and Petite Champagne regions). It was...  More info
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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
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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
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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
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$66.82
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
$138.30
Abk6 Ice Cognac
(70cl, 40%)
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
$57.92
ABK6 VSOP Grand Cru 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...  More info
$60.67
A collaboration between Bottega, the Italian company behind the Alexander brand, and the De La Tour distillery in France. A well-rounded Cognac presented in a very shiny metallic-gold bottle...  More info
$93.59
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
$33.82
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
$42.40
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
$43.27
Audry Exception
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Audry Exception is a beautiful Cognac made by blending eaux-de-vie from the regions two premier designations: the Grande and Petite Champagne. A flagship product for the brand, look out for just a...  More info
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This is a twelve year old XO Cognac from the family-run Banchereau estate.  More info
$121.50
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
$81.66
Incredibly old Fine Champagne Cognac from Barnett & Fils - a 1914 vintage! Collectors, enthusiasts and connoisseurs should be very interested in this one, considering that 1914 was over 100 years ago...  More info
$929.51
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
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$69.03
An antique litre bottle of Cognac, produced by Bernaldo de Quirós (the drinks producers, not the post-impressionist Argentine painter from the early-to-mid-1900s, obviously) in the 1960s.

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If you fancy some of the "Choicest Cognac" from the 1980s, we've got some right here. This is an antique Grande Champagne Cognac, which was distilled in 1971, shipped by Delamain and landed in 1974...  More info
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A big ol' bottle of Bisquit 3 Star Cognac from over 40 years ago! This 150cl bottling was produced in the 1960s (hence the "3 Star" name - these days Cognac of this age are known as "VS"), and...  More info
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Bisquit VS Cognac
(70cl, 40%)
The entry level VS expression from the Bisquit House of Cognac, which was founded in 1819 by Alexandre Bisquit. Plenty of cinnamon, vanilla pod and plum notes on the palate. We've even got a couple of...  More info
$37.58
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
$249.85
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
$49.87
Famous for their winemaking skills, you may be surprised to discover that Calvet also had time to create a Fine Champagne Cognac. Multi-tasking at its finest. An antique from the 1960s.  More info
$371.81
This Camus XO Cognac is crafted using eaux-de-vie from the very small Borderies cru, matured in oak barrels for many, many years. Gloriously floral with oak-y cinnamon spice, nutty qualities and...  More info
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