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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.

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
$465.78

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
$299.63

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
$450.10

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
$291.46

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
$398.54

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
$248.44

Hine 3 Star Cognac (1L) - 1970s

100cl, 40%
Hine

A 1 litre bottling of 3 Star Cognac from the excellent Hine House, produced in the 1970s. These days, 3 Star Cognac is referred to as VS. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd…  More info

Hine 3 Star Cognac (1L) - 1970s
$223.60

Hine 3 Star Cognac 50cl - 1970s

50cl, 40%
Hine

Presented in the this handy 'flask shaped' 50cl bottle, the three stars on the label demote that this Cognac from top producer Hine was matured for at least two years. It probably dates from the…  More info

Hine 3 Star Cognac 50cl - 1970s
$124.22

Hine Antique XO Premier Cru

70cl, 40%
Hine

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

Hine Antique XO Premier Cru
3
$115.70

Hine Bonneuil 2005

70cl, 43%
Hine

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

Hine Bonneuil 2005
$76.42

Hine Bonneuil 2006

70cl, 42.8%
Hine

A second vintage of this single estate Grande Champagne Cognac from the excellent Hine, taken from a very small number of selected casks - for the 2006 vintage, only 19 barrels were used, all of…  More info

Hine Bonneuil 2006
$76.56

Hine Mariage

70cl, 40%
Hine

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

Hine Mariage
$1,558.45

Hine Rare VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hine

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

Hine Rare VSOP Cognac
5
$43.58

Hine Triomphe

70cl, 40%
Hine

The Triomphe expression from the Hine House of Cognac is an exquisite combination of over 50 very well-aged, carefully chosen Cognacs from the Grande Champagne region. A superbly presented, expertly…  More info

Hine Triomphe
$434.72

Hine VSOP - 1987

100cl, 40%
Hine

A 1 litre(!) bottle of Hine VSOP from the 1970s. Perfect for when you have fancy guests round for dinner and drinks. A lot of fancy guests.  More info

Hine VSOP - 1987
$248.44

Hine VSOP Cognac 68cl - 1970s

68cl, 40%
Hine

A nice bottle of HINE VSOP Cognac dating from the 1970s.  More info

Hine VSOP Cognac 68cl - 1970s
$186.33

Hine VSOP Liqueur Cognac - 1970s

68cl, 40%
Hine

VSOP Cognac from renowned producer, Hine. We believe this rare bottle was made all the way back in the 1970s.  More info

Hine VSOP Liqueur Cognac - 1970s
$186.33

Héritage René Riviére Grand Hommage (cask 13)

70cl, 40%
Heritage René Riviére

A Borderies Cognac here from the Héritage René Riviére, drawn from a single barrique - barrique #13, if you were wondering.  More info

Héritage René Riviére Grand Hommage (cask 13)
$1,870.98

Héritage René Riviére Très Vieille Réserve Borderies

70cl, 40%
Heritage René Riviére

A very well aged Cognac from the Heritage René Riviére range, distilled in the Borderies region. Very impressive stuff, featuring some incredibly of eaux-de-vie...  More info

Héritage René Riviére Très Vieille Réserve Borderies
$254.96

Héritage René Riviére Vénérable Borderies

70cl, 40%
Heritage René Riviére

From the Héritage René Riviére range comes their Vénérable Borderies expression, once again made with some incredibly well-aged eaux-de-vie from the Borderies region, known for its elegant richness.  More info

Héritage René Riviére Vénérable Borderies
$654.63

J. R. Brillet Heritage

70cl, 45%
J. R. Brillet

A very well-aged Grande Champagne Cognac from J. R. Brillet, presented in a hand-blown bottle. Their Heritage expression is initially aged in newer barrels, before being transferred over to older…  More info

J. R. Brillet Heritage
$284.68

J.G Monnet 3 Star Cognac - 1960s

75cl, 40%
JG Monnet

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

J.G Monnet 3 Star Cognac - 1960s
$223.60

Jacques Denis Vieille Réserve

70cl, 44%
Jacques Denis

Using eaux-de-vie distilled long, long ago, Jacques Denis have created their Vieille Réserve Grande Champagne Cognac. It's been bottled at 44% ABV, a slightly higher-than-average strength for Cognac.…  More info

Jacques Denis Vieille Réserve
$252.18

Jacques Denis VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Jacques Denis

Several generations of the Denis family have been making this Cognac in the heart of the premier cru Grande Champagne appellation.  More info

Jacques Denis VSOP Cognac
$54.56

Jean Fillioux 1992 Millésimé Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 42%
Jean Fillioux

A 1992 vintage Grande Champagne Cognac from renowned producer, Jean Fillioux. This vintage displays many characteristics which you'd look for in a stunning Cognac, including a good balance of…  More info

Jean Fillioux 1992 Millésimé Grande Champagne Cognac
$75.45

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