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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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Louis Royer VSOP
(70cl, 40%)
The Louis Royer House of Cognac is located on the picturesque bank of the Charente River in Jarnac and has been since it was founded in 1853. Their VSOP Cognac is expertly blended, capturing a fine...  More info
$58.00
The VSOP Force 53° expression from the House of Louis Royer in Jarnac is bottled at 53% ABV - rather high for a Cognac! While intense and powerful enjoyed neat, the added 'oomph' behind this VSOP...  More info
$52.32
Louis Royer XO
(70cl, 40%)
XO Cognac from the Louis Royer House on the bank of the Charente River. One of their prize expressions, which has won handfuls of awards for its stunningly well balanced palate which comes from the...  More info
$176.88
Not only is Major Cognac the name for the world's most ineffectual soldier, it's also the name for this tasty VS Cognac, bottled in the 1960s. It's old and rare.  More info
$184.94
Marcadier-Barbot is a family owned affair that own both the vineyard and the distillery where they make their cognac.  More info
$70.68
An antique bottle from the little-known Cognac house, Marnay. Produced in the 1960s, this Napoleon VSOP Cognac has been looked after very well for over 40 years to make it here today in one piece.  More info
$221.93
3 Star Cognac, made by Martell in the 1970s. An excellent collectible piece, kept in wonderful condition. The Martell Cognac House was founded in 1715, making it one of the oldest around - and they're...  More info
$277.42
A rare 1950s bottle of the Martell 3 Star VOP (AKA - Very Old Pale, as it says on the bottle). It may not say special on the bottle, but we think it's pretty darn special considering it was made over...  More info
$554.83
Martell Cordon Bleu
(70cl, 40%)
Martell Cordon Bleu was originally created by Edouard Martell in 1912. It is a sultry, stylish cognac with a lovely fruity, spicy flavour.  More info
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$132.48
Released in celebration of Martell's 300th anniversary, occurring in 2015, this is a limited edition bottling of their Cordon Bleu Cognac presented in bottles designed to look like the ones the...  More info
$177.24
Martell Creation
(70cl, 40%)
The super-premium Cognac from Martell, Creation is created with top eaux-de-vie, specially selected from Martell's wonderful cellars. This is made with spirit from the Borderies, as well as the Grande...  More info
$521.05
A 1982 bottling of Martell Medaillon VSOP Cognac, produced over 30 years ago. Very collectible and rare.  More info
$332.90
A very fancy 1 litre bottle of Martell Medallion VSOP Cognac, produced in the 1970s. Martell are one of the longest running Cognac producers (they were founded in 1715!), and over the years, they've...  More info
$416.12
A extremely rare, antique Cognac from the House of Martell, specially produced in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee in 1977. For this spectacular release, Martell blended together...  More info
$3698.88
Martell VS
(70cl, 40%)
This classic VS cognac from Martell is largely made with Ugni Blanc grapes from the Borderies region. The results are fruity and woody and quite complex.  More info
$36.51
Martell VS - 1950s
(70cl, 40%)
A 1950s bottling of the brilliant Martell 3 Star Cognac. This comes with a very smart-looking blue label, and a spring cap closure.  More info
$462.36
Martell VS - 1990s
(70cl, 40%)
If you look closely at the label of this Martell VS Cognac, you'll see the Coat of Arms is a little different to bottles from previous decades. In the 1990s, it was redesigned with modernity in mind...  More info
$110.97
The classic Martell VS Cognac, presented alongside a gift box in celebration of the House of Martell's Tricentenary. The esteemed House of Martell was born in 1715, and in 2015, they will be be...  More info
$39.99
Martell VS 1.5l
(150cl, 40%)
Created with mostly Ugni Blanc spirit, the majority of which are from the Borderies region - known for its woody style of cognac. The result is fruity and rich with lots of character. This is the 1.5l...  More info
$85.21
Martell VS 35cl
(35cl, 40%)
A fruity, subtle VS Cognac from Martell. Recommended as a mixing spirit.  More info
$22.01
A rich, nutty Cognac from Martell. A very popular VSOP.  More info
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$55.50
Excellent for spirits collectors and enthusiasts, this is a well-kept bottle of Martell VSOP Medallion Cognac, which we believe to have been produced back in 1981, over 30 years ago. Rare and...  More info
$369.89
Martell XO Cognac
(70cl, 40%)
The brilliant XO from Martell, this is a soft, mellow cognac with hints of rancio, citrus, blossom and walnut, This is made by blending eaux-de-vie from both the Borderies and Grande Champagne...  More info
$207.66
An extraordinary blend of cognacs from the very finest cru, including some over 50 years old!  More info
$914.55
Trijol has built up a great reputation for quality over its long history and this cognac is a perfect example of the standards they set. It's produced in St Martial Sur Né, in the heart of the Cognac...  More info
$57.53
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