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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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Tiffon VS Cognac
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The entry level VS Cognac from the Tiffon House, which was established in 1875. Plenty of vanilla, sugared nut and dried fruit nuts throughout.  More info
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Tiffon XO
(70cl, 40%)
A vibrant, expressive XO Cognac from the Tiffon House, made with eaux de vie from the Grande and Petit Champagne regions. La Maison Tiffon was founded in Jarnac in 1875, and in 1919 Cognac Tiffon was...  More info
$134.71
Back in the days (specifically the days in the 1950s, among others), De Luze Cognacs went by a much longer name. This name was A. de Luze & Fils, which is featured on the antique bottle on the Grand...  More info
$462.65
A 70cl bottling of ABK6 Cognac's excellent single estate VS from Abceassis Domaine. A Gold medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge in 2010.  More info
$49.53
Produced by the legendary Cognac house Audry, Memorial is a Fine Champagne brandy - a blend of spirit from the premier Grande and Petite Champagne region. In this case, it is a 60:40 blend of Grande...  More info
$154.82
Audry XO
(70cl, 40%)
This is an XO Cognac from the Audry house, made in the "Fine Champagne" style - this means it's a mix of spirit distilled from grapes grown on both of the premier regions: the Grande Champagne and the...  More info
$92.61
This Cognac from the famous Croizet house is an 1875 vintage, extraordinary enough due to its age, but when you consider that this year lies slap bang in the middle of the phylloxera crisis that...  More info
$1850.62
This XO Cognac boasts an impressive twenty-five years of ageing and is produced by the family run Banchereau distillery.  More info
$239.92
Baron Otard VSOP Cognac, all the way from the 1960s and made for the Italian market. The Baron Otard established his Cognac House in 1795, over 200 years ago. The Chateau de Cognac, where the house...  More info
$370.12
A 1950s bottling of VSOP cognac from Bisquit, this great cognac house was founded in 1819 with this bottling dating from a time when Winston Churchill was enjoying it, prior to the '60s takeover by...  More info
$555.18
A rather retro bottle of Bisquit VSOP Cognac, produced in the 1970s. the Bisquit Dubouché et Cie House of Cognac has been around for nearly two centuries, and continues to produce Cognac even today...  More info
$277.59
Camus Cognac - 1960s
(70cl, 40%)
This Grande Marque Cognac from Camus was bottled back in the 1960s. This is a great collectable or a fantastic opportunity to try a Cognac from years gone by.  More info
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Though nothing to do with L'Étranger (a cracking novel by Albert Camus), this is a very rare and exciting antique bottle of Célèbration Cognac from the Camus brand. We believe this 1 litre bottling...  More info
$277.59
Matured for at least 6 years, this old bottling of Camus Napoleon Cognac dates from the 1960s, a rare collectible!  More info
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This XO Cognac comes from the Chagnoleau House of Cognac. Made with well-aged, expertly crafted eaux-de-vie, this deluxe expression has taken on a magnificent copper profile with glimmers of ruby...  More info
$334.14
A Cognac made with eaux de vie from the Petite Champagne. Château de la Raillerie makes its spirit using a selection of Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Sémillion - which is quite unusual. Petite Champagne...  More info
Sélection du Château is a 10 year old cognac from Raillerie, it is their younger blend, and it is an elegant brandy. In 2005, Matthew Jukes of the Daily Mail said this of it: "If you buy one bottle of...  More info
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A simple, uncomplicated bottling of VSOP Cognac from the Grande Champagne region, selected by the Savoy Group of Hotels and Restaurants.  More info
$46.19
Made in the Fins Bois region, Cognac Leyrat's Lot 10 is a sweet, spicy, floral spirit. This is aged for 10 years is stunning and excellent value for money for a cognac of this age!  More info
A beautiful Fins Bois Cognac from Leyrat, blended from spirit aged for over 30 years, the lot number refers to the potential distillation year. It is a lovely brandy, and a great digestif.  More info
$136.27
An XO cognac from the Fine Bois region (expect a spicy, sweet, floral spirit) with oodles of flavour, and hints of Rancio. Another classic from Leyrat!  More info
Cognac Vintage 1968
(70cl, 40%)
A vintage Cognac, distilled on the 29th January 1968, matured in casks 6 and 7 and bottled in 1999 by the Scotch whisky company, Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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$126.38
3 Star Cognac from Courvoisier, which these days would be known as VS. The French Cognac experts produced this relic back in the 1960s, when the 3 Star name was widely used. Very collectible and...  More info
$222.07
A very old and hence rare edition of Courvoisier's 3 Star Cognac. This is a 1960s bottling, bottled at 70 proof and packaged in an 11 and a half fluid ounce bottle.  More info
This is an old and rare bottle of Courvoisier's Cognac 3* from the 1960s, a classic bottling that we have acquired for your delectation.  More info
$222.07
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