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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.

Berry Bros. & Rudd Grande Champagne Cognac 1971 (bottled 1980)

68cl, 40%
Berry Brothers and Rudd

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

Berry Bros. & Rudd Grande Champagne Cognac 1971 (bottled 1980)
$374.89

Bisquit 3 Star Cognac - 1960s

150cl, 40%
Bisquit Dubouché et Cie

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

Bisquit 3 Star Cognac - 1960s
$449.87

Bisquit Légende Cognac

70cl, 40%
Bisquit Dubouché et Cie

A high quality mid range Cognac from Bisquit, whose home is Château de Lignères on the Charente.  More info

Bisquit Légende Cognac
$49.51

Bisquit VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Bisquit Dubouché et Cie

A VSOP from Bisquit, one of Winston Churchill's favourite Cognac Houses.  More info

Bisquit VSOP Cognac
$41.60

Brisson VS Grande Champagne 1er Cru de Cognac

70cl, 40%
Brisson

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

Brisson VS Grande Champagne 1er Cru de Cognac
$33.52

Brisson VSOP

70cl, 40%
Brisson

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

Brisson VSOP
$30.72

Camus Borderies XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Camus

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

Camus Borderies XO Cognac
$140.58

Camus Celebration - 1963

Camus

We believe that this bottle of Camus Celebration Cognac (or as the label puts it - Celebration "The Cognac" - as if it was the Cognac to enjoy when celebrating) was produced way back in 1963. It was…  More info

Camus Celebration - 1963
$249.93

Camus Celebration Cognac - 1970

33cl, 40%
Camus

A bottle of Camus Cognac thought to date from around 1970. A rare and collectible piece. Bottle number: 048494.  More info

Camus Celebration Cognac - 1970
$93.72

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
$380.99

Camus Extra Elegance

70cl, 40%
Camus

A hugely impressive Cognac from the Camus range, their Extra Elegance expression is specially crafted using eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne and the Borderies.  More info

Camus Extra Elegance
$364.42

Camus Grand VSOP - 1980s

70cl, 0%
Camus

A 1980s bottling of Camus VSOP Cognac.  More info

Camus Grand VSOP - 1980s
$187.45

Camus Napoleon Cognac - 1970s

69cl, 40%
Camus

An old and rare bottling of Camus Napoleon Cognac bottled during the 1970s. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed info and/or photos just get in touch!  More info

Camus Napoleon Cognac - 1970s
$249.93

Camus VSOP Borderies 2015

70cl, 40%
Camus

The 2015 VSOP edition of classic Borderies Cognac from Camus, almost entirely from their own vineyards. A true celebration of this excellent region.  More info

Camus VSOP Borderies 2015
$48.69

Camus VSOP Elegance

70cl, 40%
Camus

VSOP Cognac from the House of Camus, made including a portion of Borderies eaux-de-vie, which Camus is well-known for using in their expressions.  More info

Camus VSOP Elegance
$37.44

Camus XO Elegance Cognac

70cl, 40%
Camus

For their XO Elegance expression, Camus use eaux-de-vie from all of Cognac's six crus to craft a luxurious, impressive brandy. Not only that, it's all rather well aged, resulting in plentiful notes…  More info

Camus XO Elegance Cognac
$156.03

Camus Île de Ré Cliffside Cellar

70cl, 40%
Camus

One of three Camus Cognacs developed using grapes grown on the Île de Ré, an island off of the west coast of France that lies in the Bois à Terroirs/Bois Ordinaires cru. The Cliffside Cellar release…  More info

Camus Île de Ré Cliffside Cellar
$85.48

Camus Île de Ré Double Matured

70cl, 40%
Camus

One of three releases from Camus shining a light on Ile de Ré, an island just off the shore of western France near La Rochelle that's within Bois Ordinaires. Matured initially in a damp cellar on Ile…  More info

Camus Île de Ré Double Matured
$59.51

Camus Île de Ré Fine Island

70cl, 40%
Camus

The first of three Île de Ré releases from Camus, making the most of this island near La Rochelle that lies within the Cognac appellation. It's matured in lightly toasted casks within a damp cellar…  More info

Camus Île de Ré Fine Island
$44.72

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
$85.04

Club Cigare Grande Champagne XO Cognac

70cl, 42%
Club Cigare

The Club Cigare XO is a blend of well aged eaux-de-vie (an average of around 30 years) from the Grande Champagne region, made to accompany a wide variety of cigars. Of course, this doesn't mean that…  More info

Club Cigare Grande Champagne XO Cognac
$90.60

Cognac Leyrat Glory Extra

70cl, 45%
Cognac Leyrat

A very old, single estate Cognac from Leyrat, the Glory Extra is made using eaux-de-vie matured in casks that were hidden in the far reaches of Leyrat's 'Chai Paradise' cellar - which sounds like a…  More info

Cognac Leyrat Glory Extra
$306.59

Cognac Leyrat Partage

70cl, 43%
Cognac Leyrat

A very limited edition expression from Cognac Leyrat - only 52 bottles were created! Cognac Leyrat Partage is made with a selection incredible well-aged eaux-de-vie, selected by Cellar Master…  More info

Cognac Leyrat Partage
$3,580.16

Cognac Leyrat VSOP

70cl, 40%
Cognac Leyrat

A great VSOP from Leyrat, this was produced at the vineyards at Domaine de Chez Maillard. They say the terroir is exceptionally good for Cognac production.  More info

Cognac Leyrat VSOP
2
$49.29

Cognac Leyrat XO Elite Decanter

70cl, 40%
Cognac Leyrat

An XO from Cognac Leyrat, 'Elite' is distilled from Fins Bois grapes, known for their characteristic of producing rich, full-bodied and fast-ageing brandies. In this case, it's also presented in a…  More info

Cognac Leyrat XO Elite Decanter
$103.30

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