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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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Godet Antarctica
(50cl, 40%)
An amazing little Cognac from Godet, aged for 7 years in old oak, before being naturally filtered, resulting in a very light, pale hue. Godet Antarctica is distilled from the Folle Blanche grape and...  More info
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$56.28
One of Godet's top Cognacs, Epicure was distilled from the Folle Blanche grape, and it has been aged in oak for 25 years. A creamy, velvety soft spirit with oodles of rich flavour. Very good indeed.  More info
$71.52
XO Cognac from Godet, a house with a very long history which dates back to 1782. They are based in the seaside town of La Rochelle, where they produce, mature and blend exquisite expressions like this...  More info
$188.13
Godet Gastronome
(70cl, 40%)
A beautiful Fine Champagne VSOP Cognac from Godet. This is aged for over 14 years and it was awarded a Bronze Medal at the 2009 International Wine and Spirits Competition in London.  More info
$59.96
Godet Spéciale VSOP
(70cl, 40%)
Godet Spéciale VSOP is an award-winning Cognac from the incredible old and talented company. They have been producing spirits since the 1500s and over that time they've figured out a thing or two...  More info
$76.25
Godet Sélection Spéciale VSOP is aged for 10 years in oak, and it is blended from spirit from the Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois Cognac regions. It was awarded a Gold Medal at the Poznam...  More info
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$59.42
Godet VS
(70cl, 40%)
Godet's VS is a 3 year old Cognac, blended from Fins Bois, Borderies and Bons Bois spirit. It is a robust, powerful spirit with custard and calves leather notes.  More info
$36.47
An XO expression from independent Cognac house, La Gabare, founded in 1992 by Jean Grosperrin. They use a blend of Petit Champagne and Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie to produce this warming, rancio-rich...  More info
$132.05
H by Hine VSOP
(70cl, 40%)
A VSOP from Hine. H is a blend of around 15 Petite Champagne eaux-de-vie with the youngest cognac in the blend being aged for at least 4 years. This was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2007 International...  More info
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$48.83
The label of this Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac from the 1960s has been through the wars and seen better days, but the protective force-field that surrounds the Cognac (also known as glass) has kept every...  More info
$446.23
Exceptional Cognac at a simply astonishing price. One of Master of Malt's staff favourites.  More info
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$51.82
Hennessy Paradis
(70cl, 40%)
Paradis was conceived in 1979 by Maurice Fillioux, a master blender at Hennessy. He blended a selection of eaux-de-vie that his grandfather had laid down.  More info
$779.33
Released in 2011, this stunning Cognac from Hennessy is a blend of incredibly rare spirit distilled in the 19th and 20th centuries. It was inspired by a special brandy created by Hennessy in 1818 for...  More info
$2150.02
Hennessy VS
(70cl, 40%)
A blend of around forty different eaux-de-vie. The Cognac grading system was actually created by Maurice Hennessy in 1865. This VS (very special) cognac is the quintessential Cognac.  More info
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$41.13
Hennessy VS 1.5l
(150cl, 40%)
A magnum bottle of the world's most famed VS Cognac. Hennessy VS is aged for between 2 and 5 years.  More info
$88.87
Hennessy XO
(70cl, 40%)
The term XO was coined for this very Cognac by Maurice Hennessy in the 19th Century. This blend includes over 100 eaux-de-vie.  More info
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$175.16
An extraordinary piece of history here. 1914 is known as the 'Ladies Vintage', as the outbreak of war meant that women did much of the distilling that year. Subsequently brought over to the UK on...  More info
$1784.93
Distilled in 1981, and brought for ageing in cellars in Bristol, England, this Early Landed cognac from Hine harkens back to the old days of brandy. Very subtle and well balanced. A lesson in harmony…...  More info
$756.50
A new addition to the Hine range, the classic Antique is now "Premier Cru". Before it was a Fine Champagne (a blend of cognacs from both the Grande and Petite Champagne regions) now it is just...  More info
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$155.85
Hine Bonneuil 2005
(70cl, 43%)
A single estate 2005 vintage Cognac from Hine, made with grapes taken exclusively from their own vineyards in the Grande Champagne region, showing off the personality of the terroir and the harvest...  More info
$109.82
This is a bottle of 1914 Hine Grande Champagne - an incredible antique with some rather interesting history behind it. 1914 is a notable year as it is known as the 'Ladies Vintage', as the outbreak of...  More info
$2141.91
A wonderful blend of Early Landed cognacs (a traditional method of maturing cognac - it is exported prior to maturation - thus the name - and is aged in cellars in the UK - Bristol to be precise) as...  More info
$97.22
Hine Mariage
(70cl, 40%)
The Hine Mariage expression was created in 1991 in celebration of the 200th wedding anniversary of Thomas Hine and Françoise Elisabeth (that's three-and-a-bit diamond anniversaries, in case you were...  More info
$2239.34
Hine Rare VSOP Cognac
(70cl, 40%)
Hine Rare VSOP is a blend of Grande and Petite Champagnes (60% is the former). This is what's known as a Fine Champagne. The cognac is aged from between 6 and 12 years, with most being around 8 years...  More info
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$63.71
This bottle of J.G. Monnet 3 Star Cognac, which would eventually become known as VS, was produced in the 1960s and is in fantastic condition. Once again, it features a small fire-breathing salamander...  More info
$267.74
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