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Cognac

Popular Cognac Types: VS Cognac | VSOP Cognac | XO Cognac | Prestige Cognac | Hors D'âge 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.

Grosperrin 1969 Petite Champagne Cognac

70cl, 47.2%
Jean Grosperrin

A 1969 vintage Cognac bottled by Jean Grosperrin, made exclusively with eaux-de-vie from the Petite Champagne region. Exciting stuff for Cognac enthusiasts.  More info

Grosperrin 1969 Petite Champagne Cognac
$333.22

Grosperrin 1982 Petite Champagne Cognac

70cl, 47.9%
Jean Grosperrin

Single vintage Cognac from the Petite Champagne region, distilled back in 1982 and bottled by Jean Grosperrin. With the Petite Champagne region being one of the most well regarded regions in Cognac,…  More info

Grosperrin 1982 Petite Champagne Cognac
$195.63

Grosperrin 1992 Petite Champagne Cognac

70cl, 46.6%
Jean Grosperrin

Jean Grosperrin's range of single vintage Cognac spans a wide number of years, from expressions that stretch far back as the 1950s, to more recently-distilled treats, like this bottling right here!…  More info

Grosperrin 1992 Petite Champagne Cognac
$114.69

Grosperrin 2005 Grand Champagne Cognac

70cl, 47.3%
Jean Grosperrin

A 2005 vintage Grande Champagne Cognac, made with Folle Blanche grapes and bottled by Jean Grosperrin, whom have a released a whole selection of interesting Cognac.  More info

Grosperrin 2005 Grand Champagne Cognac
$93.29

Grosperrin Borderies Cognac No.48

70cl, 46.8%
Jean Grosperrin

A rather interesting Cognac here from Grosperrin, made exclusively using eaux-de-vie from the Borderies - a region well-known for producing a floral spirit.  More info

Grosperrin Borderies Cognac No.48
$342.87

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
$191.55

Guillon-Painturaud Réserve

70cl, 40%
Guillon-Painturaud

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

Guillon-Painturaud Réserve
$42.11

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
$69.87

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
$33.51

Hennessy Bras Armé (damaged label) - 1960s

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 (damaged label) - 1960s
$247.46

Hennessy Bras Armé - 1960s

68cl, 40%
Hennessy

An ancient bottle of Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac, which has since been replaced by the Hennessy VS brand. This was produced in the 1960s. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like…  More info

Hennessy Bras Armé - 1960s
$309.33

Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac - 1970s

68cl, 40%
Hennessy

A collectible bottle of Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac from the 1970s. 'Bras Armé', as we all know, is French for 'armed arm', which is a reference to Hennessy's arm with an axe symbol. Please note…  More info

Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac - 1970s
$309.33

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
$35.92

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
$386.66

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
7
$29.21

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
$185.60

Hennessy VS 1.5l

150cl, 40%
Hennessy

A magnum bottle of the world's most famed VS Cognac. Hennessy VS is aged for between 2 and 5 years.  More info

Hennessy VS 1.5l
$61.61

Hennessy XO

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

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

Hennessy XO
6
$140.77

Hennessy XO - 1970s

68cl, 40%
Hennessy

This is a very rare bottle of Hennessy XO Cognac from the 1970s. It even comes alongside its original presentation box, which features a portrait of Richard Hennessy, founder of the Hennessy…  More info

Hennessy XO - 1970s
$463.99

Hine 1981 Early Landed - Grand Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hine

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

Hine 1981 Early Landed - Grand Champagne Cognac
$463.94

Hine 1983 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hine

An Early Landed Cognac, meaning that after just a few months maturing in Jarnac the casks used were transported to a cellar in the UK where conditions are cooler, with high humidity and more constant…  More info

Hine 1983 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac
$298.45

Hine 1984 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hine

Early Landed Cognac is fascinating stuff - the first few moths of maturation are spent in Jarnac in the Cognac region before the casks are transported to a cellar in the UK, Bristol in this case.…  More info

Hine 1984 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac
$448.32

Hine 1985 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hine

Full bodied, spicy and muscular, this vintage HINE Cognac comes from 1985 when the sunny weather ran right through into the harvest. HINE only set aside casks for vintage releases in exceptional…  More info

Hine 1985 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac
$290.31

Hine 1986 Early Landed

70cl, 40%
Hine

Matured in the UK after an initial few months in Jarnac (hence "Early Landed"), this is yet another beautiful example of why we love HINE Cognac.  More info

Hine 1986 Early Landed
$396.96

Hine 3 Star - 1963

68cl, 40%
Hine

Have a Cognac enthusiast in your life that was born in 1963? Then they might just be interested in this rare antique bottle of Hine 3 Star Cognac, which was produced in that very same year!  More info

Hine 3 Star - 1963
$247.46

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