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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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Initiale Extra is a beautifully packaged Cognac from Courvoisier, made with eaux-de-vie distilled from Grande Champagne and Borderies grapes. The result is rich and full.  More info
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Courvoisier, L'Essence is blended from eaux-de-vies from the last two centuries, some dating back to the early 1900s.
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This was released to celebrate Napoleon's love of fine Cognac. Very rich and intense, and utterly delicious. A wonderful example of well-aged Courvoisier.  More info
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An antique bottling of Courvoisier's Napoleon Cognac, a well-regarded expression from their selection of fantastic expressions. The bottle you see to your left was produced over 40 years ago, way back...  More info
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Aged for slightly longer than a VS, this is designed for the contemporary brandy market. Exclusif is very fruity and rich, and works great in cocktails.  More info
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A classic cognac, this is matured for between 8 and 12 years in a selection of Troncais and Limousin oak barrels. This VSOP from Couvoisier is a "Fine Champagne" meaning it is a blend of Cognacs from...  More info
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