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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.

Martell VS Cognac - 1970s

70cl, 40%
Martell

Bottled in the 1970s, this Martell VS Cognac has survived for other 30 years without even a sip being taken from it. Quite a feat, considering how well made their Cognacs are. Cellophane is wrapped…  More info

Martell VS Cognac - 1970s
$194.54

Martell VSOP Medaillon

70cl, 40%
Martell

A rich, nutty Cognac from Martell. A very popular VSOP.  More info

Martell VSOP Medaillon
2
$46.83

Maxime Trijol Ancestral Grande Champagne

70cl, 40%
Maxime Trijol

An extraordinary blend of cognacs from the very finest cru, including some over 50 years old!  More info

Maxime Trijol Ancestral Grande Champagne
$589.04

Maxime Trijol Extra Grande Champagne

70cl, 40%
Maxime Trijol

Stunningly presented in a handsome decanter, Maxime Trijol's Extra is distilled from grapes from the Grande Champagne region - the premier designation of Cognac. It offers rich aromas of rancio, with…  More info

Maxime Trijol Extra Grande Champagne
$150.16

Maxime Trijol VS

70cl, 40%
Maxime Trijol

A vibrant, balanced Cognac, Maxime Trijol VS offers up delicious fruity, floral notes - possibly the most summery Cognac you'll ever try.  More info

Maxime Trijol VS
3
$29.87

Maxime Trijol VSOP

70cl, 40%
Maxime Trijol

Classic VSOP Cognac from Maxime Trijol. The family installed the first still in November of 1859. The company now owns 20 2,500 litre charentais pot stills, and they are one of the largest distillers…  More info

Maxime Trijol VSOP
$36.35

Maxime Trijol VSOP Grande Champagne

70cl, 40%
Maxime Trijol

Made exclusively with Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie - the finest cru in the Cognac region. This includes a good amount of cognacs aged for between 10 and 20 years, and the average age is rumoured to…  More info

Maxime Trijol VSOP Grande Champagne
1
$43.05

Maxime Trijol XO

70cl, 40%
Maxime Trijol

A classic XO Cognac from Maxime Trijol. This award winning spirit was distilled under Jean-Jacques Trijol, from the Trijol family's 20 hectare estate.  More info

Maxime Trijol XO
10
$70.20

Maxime Trijol XO Grande Champagne

70cl, 40%
Maxime Trijol

A Grande Champagne Cognac from Maxime Trijol, this was awarded a Silver medal at the 2009 International Spirits Challenge.  More info

Maxime Trijol XO Grande Champagne
$103.50

Merlet Brothers Blend Cognac

70cl, 40%
Merlet

A very modern little Cognac from Merlet, this is produced using spirit from the Fins Bois and Grande Champagne regions, aged for between 4 and 12 years. A spicy and lusciously fruity spirit!  More info

Merlet Brothers Blend Cognac
$40.57

Merlet Sélection Saint-Sauvant Cognac

70cl, 45.20%
Merlet

From top Cognac producers, Merlet, comes this brilliantly blended expression made from some of their finest stocks, including Petit Champagne from 1993, Fins Bois from 1992 and 2003 and Grande…  More info

Merlet Sélection Saint-Sauvant Cognac
$102.56

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1960

50cl, 50%
Michel Forgeron

A very old single vintage Grange Champagne Cognac from Michael Forgeron's Barrique series. All the eaux-de-vie in the release was distilled in 1960! Expect some exciting stuff here, Cognac fans...  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1960
$246.03

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1974

50cl, 50%
Michel Forgeron

1974 vintage premier cru Cognac from Michel Forgeron! A great gift for the spirits connoisseur in your life or, you know, yourself. (It would have been hard to give away anyway...)  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1974
$137.18

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1975

50cl, 53%
Michel Forgeron

A 1975 vintage Cognac from Michel Forgeron, presented as part of the Barrique range. The series features a selection of Grande Champagne Cognac all blended from single vintages and bottled at ABVs…  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1975
$128.81

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1979

50cl, 54%
Michel Forgeron

This is a 1979 single vintage Cognac from the Michel Forgeron Barrique series. Single vintage Cognac makes for excellent gifts for Cognac enthusiasts, particularly if you get them one which was…  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1979
$114.55

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1984

50cl, 53%
Michel Forgeron

Released as part of Michel Forgeron's Barrique range of single vintage, high ABV Cognac, this 1984 vintage makes for a great after-dinner drink. The distillers even recommend pairing it with a light…  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1984
$78.02

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1988

50cl, 57%
Michel Forgeron

The Michel Forgeron Barrique range lets Cognac enthusiasts discover the intricate details of what Cognac of a particular single vintage tastes like, often presented at higher ABVs than you'd usually…  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1988
$72.91

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1990

50cl, 59%
Michel Forgeron

A single vintage Cognac from Michel Forgeron's Barrique series - this one was distilled at the dawn of the 1990s. These bottlings are all single vintage releases, and often presented at higher ABVs…  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1990
$68.57

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1991

50cl, 51%
Michel Forgeron

Single vintage premier cru Cognac from Michel Forgeron's Barrique series.  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1991
$66.65

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1992

50cl, 52%
Michel Forgeron

Another single vintage Grande Champagne Cognac from Michel Forgeron's excellent Barrique range.  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1992
$66.88

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1993

50cl, 59%
Michel Forgeron

Single vintage Cognac from Michel Forgeron, who began selling under their own label back in 1977.  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1993
$62.53

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1994

50cl, 59%
Michel Forgeron

A 1994 vintage Cognac from the Michel Forgeron Barrique series. Single vintage Grande Champagne yumminess.  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1994
$62.53

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
$62.27

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1996

50cl, 56%
Michel Forgeron

We love these Michel Forgeron Barrique releases, single vintage Cognacs bottled at hearty abvs.  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1996
$61.80

Michel Forgeron VSOP

70cl, 43%
Michel Forgeron

The VSOP expression from Grande Champagne Cognac maker Michel Forgeron, who started to commercially sell his Cognac in 1977. Light and elegant.  More info

Michel Forgeron VSOP
$49.66

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