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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.

Ferrand Cognac Single Cask 2010 Pauillac Cask Finish

70cl, 56%
Pierre Ferrand

A marvellous single cask expression from the experts at Maison Ferrand! Produced from the 2010 harvest of Ugni Blanc grapes, this Grande Champagne Cognac was matured for a decade, first in an…  More info

Ferrand Cognac Single Cask 2010 Pauillac Cask Finish
$150.55

Ferrand Légendaire Cognac

70cl, 42.1%
Pierre Ferrand

A decadent Grande Champagne Cognac here from Ferrand, made using some extraordinary eaux-de-vie. Before bottling, the assemblage is allowed some time in what the producers call a "zebra" cask. Staves…  More info

Ferrand Légendaire Cognac
$2,049.14

Ferrand Sélection des Anges

70cl, 41.8%
Pierre Ferrand

A very ornate bottle of Sélection des Anges from the wonderful Ferrand. Made from Ugni Blanc grapes, the Grande Champagne Cognac has been aged for 30 years, so it's choc full of fruit and aromatic…  More info

Ferrand Sélection des Anges
$158.80

François Voyer Terres de Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
François Voyer

François Voyer use eaux de vie from the renowned, respected and revered Grande Champagne region of Cognac to craft this high quality, good value-for-money Cognac. Spicy, rich and well balanced with…  More info

François Voyer Terres de Grande Champagne Cognac
$41.74

François Voyer VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
François Voyer

A delicious entry level VS Cognac from François Voyer, perfect if you fancy getting to know the expressions from this Grande Champagne Cognac house. They use Ugni Blanc grapes and mature their Cognac…  More info

François Voyer VS Cognac
1
$37.34

François Voyer VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
François Voyer

Made exclusively with Ugni Blanc grapes from the Grande Champagne, this VSOP Cognac from François Voyer features eaux-de-vie aged for at least 4 years in Limousin casks.  More info

François Voyer VSOP Cognac
6
$53.22

François Voyer XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
François Voyer

An XO Cognac from François Voyer, in the Grande Champagne region. To create their expressions, François Voyer use Ugni Blanc grapes which are initally aged in Limousin casks after distillation before…  More info

François Voyer XO Cognac
3
$111.81
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Frapin 1270 Cognac

70cl, 40%
Frapin

Frapin 1270 Cognac was made with fruit harvested exclusively from the Frapin family's estates in the Grande Champagne region. After distillation, this expression was matured for six months in new oak…  More info

Frapin 1270 Cognac
4
$43.99

Frapin 15 Year Old Cask Strength

70cl, 45.3%
Frapin

A Grande Champagne Cognac from Frapin, this 15 Year Old is grown and distilled on the 240 hectare vineyard. The eaux-de-vies are aged in both humid and dry cellars before blending at cask strength,…  More info

Frapin 15 Year Old Cask Strength
$110.64

Frapin 25 Year Old 1995

70cl, 41.4%
Frapin

A stunning Grande Champagne Cognac from Frapin. A scorching summer lead to a bumper harvest in late September 1995, with grapes so impressive that this portion of the spirit was allowed to mature for…  More info

Frapin 25 Year Old 1995
$178.27

Frapin Château de Fontpinot XO Cognac

70cl, 41%
Frapin

Single estate XO Cognac from Frapin, one of the most well respected Cognac houses in the Grande Champagne region. Floral and fruit filled with a rich, long finish, the XO is well balanced and…  More info

Frapin Château de Fontpinot XO Cognac
2
$107.57

Frapin Cigar Blend XO

70cl, 40%
Frapin

Frapin created this Cognac so it would match perfectly with cigars, which you probably guessed from the name. It's a single estate Cognac from the region's top 'cru' Grande Champagne that was matured…  More info

Frapin Cigar Blend XO
$101.37

Frapin Extra Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Frapin

An exquisite blend of Cognac, taken from the Frapin family's ancient reserves, many of which are well aged. Incredibly indulgent, the Frapin Extra features a nose thick with the aromas of vintage…  More info

Frapin Extra Grande Champagne Cognac
$462.38

Frapin Fontpinot XO 20cl

20cl, 41%
Frapin

Superb single estate Cognac from Frapin, this is a 200ml bottle of its Château de Fontpinot XO Cognac. Produced from grapes exclusively grown, distilled, aged, and bottled at Château Fontpinot, it's…  More info

Frapin Fontpinot XO 20cl
$41.96

Frapin Millésime 26 Year Old 1992 Grand Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40.5%
Frapin

Another wonderful Cognac from Frapin's Millésime series, this particular expression has seen over a quarter of a century of ageing! Distilled back in 1992, the brandy spent the next 26 years resting…  More info

Frapin Millésime 26 Year Old 1992 Grand Champagne Cognac
$169.04

Frapin Millésime 40 Year Old 1979 Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40.3%
Frapin

This astounding Grande Champagne Cognac was distilled by Frapin back in 1979 – the very same year that Pink Floyd released The Wall! Eventually, it was bottled after four decades of maturation,…  More info

Frapin Millésime 40 Year Old 1979 Grande Champagne Cognac
$665.97

Frapin Multimillésime No.7 Cognac

70cl, 40.8%
Frapin

Here we have the seventh release in Frapin's Multimillésime collection, a series which aims to showcase the House's skills with truly stunning Grande Champagne Cognac. No.7 is a stellar blend of…  More info

Frapin Multimillésime No.7 Cognac
$240.77

Frapin VIP XO Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Frapin

A very important Cognac, the VIP XO Grande Champagne Cognac is elegantly rich and spicy. Frapin originally started making wine, but they eventually forayed into the distilling world, and with good…  More info

Frapin VIP XO Grande Champagne Cognac
2
$169.04

Frapin VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Frapin

An exceptional VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac made by the House of Frapin, blended with eaux-de-vie made of the grapes from Frapin's large estate in France. The maturation period of the Cognac gives…  More info

Frapin VSOP Cognac
3
$49.18

Frapin VSOP Gift Set with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%
Frapin

A marvellous gift set for Cognac fans here from Frapin. It comes with a bottle of Frapin's VSOP Cognac, made exclusively with eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne region, alongside a fancy pair of…  More info

Frapin VSOP Gift Set with 2x Glasses
$51.18

Frédéric Mestreau VSOP

70cl, 40%
Frédéric Mestreau & Cie

Frédéric Mestreau rides again! It's great to see old brands return, especially when they're on great form. VSOP Cognac bottled and blended in the historic town of Saintes.  More info

Frédéric Mestreau VSOP
$48.52

Gautier Pinar Del Rio XO

70cl, 41.2%
Gautier

Named after a Cuban valley where tobacco leaves are grown, Pinar Del Rio is an XO Cognac from Gautier created especially to pair with a fine cigar. The perfect gift for any cigar lover.  More info

Gautier Pinar Del Rio XO
$138.32

Godet No.1 Gentleman Cocktail

70cl, 42.5%
Godet

The Godet No.1 Gentleman Cocktail Cognac is a blend of 3 years old Cognac from the Fins Bois and Bons Bois regions. It was created specially to be used in cocktails, so whether you enjoy a Sidecar or…  More info

Godet No.1 Gentleman Cocktail
$35.85

Godet Renaissance

70cl, 40%
Godet

A particularly swish expression from the Godet House of Cognac. The distillers create the Godet Renaissance using over a dozen different eaux-de-vie from the illustrious Grande Champagne region,…  More info

Godet Renaissance
$1,224.35

Grossperrin 1968 Fin Bois Cognac

70cl, 40.8%
Jean Grosperrin

This sublime 1968 vintage brandy from independent Cognac house Grossperrin was created solely from grapes grown in the Bons Bois terroir, double distilled and matured in the ORECO warehouses in…  More info

Grossperrin 1968 Fin Bois Cognac
$378.07

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