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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.

Cognac is produced in the town of Cognac to the very west of France, and it has had a recent surge in popularity among the houses which produce the best Cognac - 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 central regions are the most venerated. The premier cru is Grand Champagne, so named for the nature of its soils.

Cognac is a protected designation of origin (PDO), which means that it can only be made in the Cognac region of France.

Château de Montifaud VSOP Petite Champagne

70cl, 40%
Château de Montifaud

Château de Montifaud has been in the Vallet family for 6 generations, and this is where the Ugni Blanc is stored on the lees for 2-3 months until distillation, before being double distilled in…  More info

Château de Montifaud VSOP Petite Champagne
2
$38.89

Château de Montifaud XO

70cl, 40%
Château de Montifaud

Well-aged Petite Champagne Cognac from Château de Montifaud, a house which has been owned by the Vallet family since the 19th century.  More info

Château de Montifaud XO
1
$76.07

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
$95.24
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Cognac Brugerolle 19 Year Old 1993 (Master of Malt)

70cl, 54.2%
Brugerolle

We've taken an adventure away from the whisky path for this addition to our own indie bottling collection with a trip to Cognac! This expression hails from Brugerolle and rested for 19 years in a…  More info

Cognac Brugerolle 19 Year Old 1993 (Master of Malt)
$102.40

Cognac Couprie Hors d’Age

70cl, 40%
Cognac Couprie

The Hors d’Age expression from Cognac Couprie, made with Grande Champagne Cognac aged in Limousin casks. A richly decadent expression...  More info

Cognac Couprie Hors d’Age
$223.54

Cognac Couprie Napoleon

70cl, 40%
Cognac Couprie

The Napoleon expression from the little-known Maison Couprie, made using well-aged eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne region - the top dog of Cognac regions.  More info

Cognac Couprie Napoleon
$70.44

Cognac Couprie VS

70cl, 40%
Cognac Couprie

VS Grande Champagne Cognac from the House of Couprie. Though not quite as well known as some of the bigger Cognac Houses, Couprie produce some utterly marvellous expressions - as you'd expect from a…  More info

Cognac Couprie VS
1
$46.25

Cognac Couprie VSOP

70cl, 40%
Cognac Couprie

This is the VSOP expression from the Couprie Cognac House, which is based in the renowned Grande Champagne region. Makes for a great aperitif and a suitable postprandial tipple.  More info

Cognac Couprie VSOP
$57.33

Cognac Couprie XO

70cl, 40%
Cognac Couprie

XO Grande Champagne Cognac from the little-known but long-running House of Couprie (founded all the way back in the mid-1700s by Pierre Couprie in Ambleville).  More info

Cognac Couprie XO
$105.53

Cognac Leyrat Assemblage No.1

70cl, 42%
Cognac Leyrat

The Assemblage No.1 from Cognac Leyrat was crafted from a selection of Cognacs from the Chez Maillard estate in Fins Bois. The vineyards are on the top of a hill with a limestone subsoil to produce…  More info

Cognac Leyrat Assemblage No.1
$40.41

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
$414.94

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
$142.41

Cognac Park 10 Year Old Borderies Mizunara

70cl, 44%
Distillerie Tessendier & Fils

A beautiful and intriguing bottling from Cognac Park here that was initially matured in French oak barrels for a decade, before being finished for nine months in Japanese Mizunara oak casks.  More info

Cognac Park 10 Year Old Borderies Mizunara
$63.98

Cognac Park 1970 Vintage Fins Bois

70cl, 40%
Distillerie Tessendier & Fils

A rare vintage Cognac that comes only from the Fins Bois region. Fins Bois is famous for its lighter, fruitier eaux-de-vie. This has spent more than 40 years in French oak. A chance to taste a bit of…  More info

Cognac Park 1970 Vintage Fins Bois
$430.31

Cognac Park 1973 Vintage Petite Champagne

70cl, 43%
Distillerie Tessendier & Fils

You don't see vintage Cognacs that often. This one comes from Park, a brand that belongs to Distillerie Tessendier & Fils, a family-owned Cognac house that dates back to the 1880s. This comes only…  More info

Cognac Park 1973 Vintage Petite Champagne
$373.96

Cognac Park 1974 Vintage Fins Bois

70cl, 40%
Distillerie Tessendier & Fils

A vintage Cognac from Park, a brand that belongs to Distillerie Tessendier & Fils, a family-owned Cognac house that dates back to the 1880s. This comes only from Fins Bois vineyards and is made from…  More info

Cognac Park 1974 Vintage Fins Bois
$358.59

Cognac Park 1975 Vintage Fins Bois

70cl, 44%
Distillerie Tessendier & Fils

A vintage Cognac from Park, a brand that belongs to Distillerie Tessendier & Fils, a family-owned Cognac house that dates back to the 1880s. This comes only from Fins Bois vineyards and is made from…  More info

Cognac Park 1975 Vintage Fins Bois
$338.09

Cognac Park 1976 Vintage Fins Bois

70cl, 42.8%
Distillerie Tessendier & Fils

A vintage Cognac from Park, a brand that belongs to Distillerie Tessendier & Fils, a family-owned Cognac house that dates back to the 1880s. This comes only from Fins Bois vineyards and is made from…  More info

Cognac Park 1976 Vintage Fins Bois
$322.73

Cognac Park 1977 Vintage Fins Bois

70cl, 40%
Distillerie Tessendier & Fils

A vintage Cognac from Park, a brand that belongs to Distillerie Tessendier & Fils, a family-owned Cognac house that dates back to the 1880s. This comes only from Fins Bois vineyards and is made from…  More info

Cognac Park 1977 Vintage Fins Bois
$302.24

Cognac Park 1978 Vintage Fins Bois

70cl, 43%
Distillerie Tessendier & Fils

A very impressive vintage release from Coganc Park, produced back in 1978 entirely from ugni blanc grapes from the Fins Bois region before being rested in French oak. Presented in a gold wax-sealed…  More info

Cognac Park 1978 Vintage Fins Bois
$286.87

Cognac Park 21 Year Old Chai N°8 Single Barrel Petite Champagne

70cl, 43%
Distillerie Tessendier & Fils

Another delicious single cask Cognac from Park, a brand of Distillerie Tessendier & Fils, a family-owned Cognac house that dates back to the 1880s. This is a 21 year old Cognac from grapes grown in…  More info

Cognac Park 21 Year Old Chai N°8 Single Barrel Petite Champagne
$153.67

Cognac Park Boederies Mizunara 2006

70cl, 45.2%
Distillerie Tessendier & Fils

A very special vintage release from Cognac Park, a house that dates back to the 1880s. It's made entirely from ugni blanc grapes grown in the Borderies region. All quite normal, the big twist is that…  More info

Cognac Park Boederies Mizunara 2006
$94.20

Cognac Park Borderies

70cl, 40%
Distillerie Tessendier & Fils

From Cognac Park, this rich release is made exclusively from ugni blanc grapes grown in the Borderies region (hence the name), and matured in new French oak casks for 10 months. Brilliant in a…  More info

Cognac Park Borderies
$48.92

Cognac Park Borderies Mizunara

70cl, 43.5%
Distillerie Tessendier & Fils

A stunning offering from Cognac Park, produced with grapes grown exclusively in the clay soil vineyards of Cognac's tiny Borderies cru. Intriguingly, the spirit has been treated to four years of…  More info

Cognac Park Borderies Mizunara
$45.44

Cognac Park Borderies Mizunara 2004

70cl, 44%
Distillerie Tessendier & Fils

Single-vintage, limited-edition Cognac is always exciting but this one from Cognac Park is particularly interesting. It was distilled in 2004 and initially matured in French oak before Cognac Park…  More info

Cognac Park  Borderies Mizunara 2004
$102.39

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