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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 (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.

Gautier XO Gold & Blue Cognac

70cl, 40%
Gautier

Gold and Blue is a beutifully presented spirit named after the sun gold XO Cognac and river that the Maison stands on. Enjoy neat, over ice or in a classic cocktail.  More info

Gautier XO Gold & Blue Cognac
$104.38

Geffard Vielle Grande Champagne Réserve Cognac

70cl, 40%
Geffard

The family of Henri Geffard have been making Cognac on their estate since 1840, and the quality remains until this day.  More info

Geffard Vielle Grande Champagne Réserve Cognac
$84.59

Godet Epicure Folle Blanche

70cl, 40%
Godet

One of Godet's top Cognacs, Epicure was distilled from the Folle Blanche grape, and it has been aged in oak for 15 years. A creamy, velvety soft spirit with oodles of rich flavour. Very good indeed.  More info

Godet Epicure Folle Blanche
$57.07

Godet Excellence XO

70cl, 40%
Godet

An excellent 25 year old brandy made from Eaux-de-vie from Borderies, and Grande and Petite Champagnes.  More info

Godet Excellence XO
1
$65.22

Godet Extra Hors d'Age

70cl, 40%
Godet

A Hors d'age Cognac from Godet, expertly crafted with very well-aged eaux-de-vie - an exceptional postprandial drink from the long-running Cognac house. Handsomely presented, too.  More info

Godet Extra Hors d'Age
$369.45

Godet Family Reserve XO Grand Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Godet

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…  More info

Godet Family Reserve XO Grand Champagne Cognac
$129.03

Godet Réserve de la Famille Extra Vieille

70cl, 40%
Godet

Very well aged Grande Champagne Champagne Cognac from Godet's Réserve de la Famille range. A release of 5,000 bottles.  More info

Godet Réserve de la Famille Extra Vieille
$129.03

Godet Sélection Spéciale VSOP

70cl, 40%
Godet

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

Godet Sélection Spéciale VSOP
1
$40.20

Godet VS

70cl, 40%
Godet

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

Godet VS
$27.04

Grosperrin 1958 Petite Champagne Cognac

70cl, 41.10%
Jean Grosperrin

It's not every day that you see a 1958 Petite Champagne Cognac, but today is just one of those wonderful days! This is a Grosperrin bottling of very well-aged Cognac, which ought to be exciting for…  More info

Grosperrin 1958 Petite Champagne Cognac
$320.91

Grosperrin 1970 Grande Champagne

70cl, 51.50%
Jean Grosperrin

Extraordinarily well aged Cognac bottled by Jean Grosperrin, spicy and rich with notes of liquorice.  More info

Grosperrin 1970 Grande Champagne
$270.68

Guillon Painturaud Hors d´Age

70cl, 40%
Guillon

An Hors d'Age Cognac from Guillon-Painturaud, a house that can trace its roots back to the early seventeenth century. This Cognac is said to be in the region of 30 years old!  More info

Guillon Painturaud Hors d´Age
$126.82

Guillon-Painturaud Renaissance

70cl, 40%
Guillon-Painturaud

Sitting above the Réserve and Hors d'Age in the Guillon-Painturaud range, this Cognac is around 20 years old!  More info

Guillon-Painturaud Renaissance
$204.88

Guillon-Painturaud Réserve

70cl, 40%
Guillon-Painturaud

Grande Champagne Cognac from Guillon-Painturaud, a well aged, elegant, artisanal release.  More info

Guillon-Painturaud Réserve
$45.04

Guillon-Painturaud Vieille Réserve

70cl, 40%
Guillon-Painturaud

An exquisite Cognac, aged for decades by a traditional family producer (their family farm dates back to the 17th century) who only began selling under their own name in the 1970s.  More info

Guillon-Painturaud Vieille Réserve
$84.19

Guillon-Painturaud VSOP

70cl, 40%
Guillon-Painturaud

The youngest Cognac top artisanal producer Guillon-Painturaud release, it's nonetheless aged for up to around 15 years.  More info

Guillon-Painturaud VSOP
$49.07

H by Hine VSOP

70cl, 40%
Hine

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

H by Hine VSOP
3
$36.16

Hennessy 250 Collector Blend

100cl, 40%
Hennessy

The Hennessy 250 Collector Blend was released as part of their 250th anniversary celebration in 2015. This very special expression was crafted using eaux de vie aged between 15 and 35 years old,…  More info

Hennessy 250 Collector Blend
$435.62

Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac - 1960s

75cl, 40%
Hennessy

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…  More info

Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac - 1960s
$264.68

Hennessy Fine de Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

Exceptional Cognac at a simply astonishing price. One of Master of Malt's staff favourites.  More info

Hennessy Fine de Cognac
13
$38.42

Hennessy Paradis

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

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

Hennessy Paradis
$606.55

Hennessy Paradis Imperial

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

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

Hennessy Paradis Imperial
6
$1650.94

Hennessy Privé

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

A Cognac that pays tribute to James Hennessy and is inspired by Art Deco. Master Blender Yann Fillioux put together Privé in 2009 as a recreation of James Hennessy's own Art Deco homage, the secrets…  More info

Hennessy Privé
$413.56

Hennessy VS

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

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

Hennessy VS
9
$32.52

Hennessy VS - bottled 1990

100cl, 40%
Hennessy

Made with a mix of 40 or so eaux-de-vie, Hennessy VS is a classic, with this old bottle dating from 1990. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs…  More info

Hennessy VS - bottled 1990
$198.51

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