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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.

Louis Royer Extra Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Louis Royer

One of Louis Royer's most well known expressions, their Extra Cognac is made completely from eaux-de-vie taken from the Grande Champagne region, producing a remarkably well-balanced and richly…  More info

Louis Royer Extra Grande Champagne Cognac
$297.55

Louis Royer VS

70cl, 40%
Louis Royer

The VS expression from Louis Royer, who have been producing Cognac from their premises on the banks of the Charente River since 1853, is young but surprisingly mellow and flavourful. Royer even…  More info

Louis Royer VS
$34.44

Louis Royer VSOP

70cl, 40%
Louis Royer

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. They recommend enjoying the Louis Royer VSOP with a…  More info

Louis Royer VSOP
$43.78

Louis Royer VSOP - Force 53° High Strength Cognac

50cl, 53%
Louis Royer

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

Louis Royer VSOP - Force 53° High Strength Cognac
$37.32

Louis Royer VSOP Gift Pack

70cl, 40%
Louis Royer

A handsome Louis Royer Cognac gift pack. Enjoy this VSOP expression with a splash of tonic or fully appreciate its nuances neat within the tulip tasting glass provided.  More info

Louis Royer VSOP Gift Pack
$44.51

Louis Royer XO

70cl, 40%
Louis Royer

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

Louis Royer XO
$133.86

Léopold Gourmel Age des Fleurs 15 Carats Cognac

70cl, 42%
Leopold Gourmel

This is a 15 year old Cognac from the House of Léopold Gourmel, produced using grapes grown without chemicals or pesticides and matured in un-toasted French oak casks. Their website claims this…  More info

Léopold Gourmel Age des Fleurs 15 Carats Cognac
$109.87

Léopold Gourmel Age Des Épices 20 Carats Cognac

70cl, 43%
Leopold Gourmel

A Cognac from the House of Léopold Gourmel, matured in un-toasted French oak casks for two decades. Impressive stuff from the distillers, who are also known for not using chemicals or pesticides when…  More info

Léopold Gourmel Age Des Épices 20 Carats Cognac
$181.14

Léopold Gourmel Age du Fruit 10 Carats Cognac

70cl, 41%
Leopold Gourmel

A 10 year old Léopold Gourmel Cognac, matured in un-toasted French oak casks - a characteristic of the range, along with the non-use of chemicals and pesticides when growing the grapes. Fun fact -…  More info

Léopold Gourmel Age du Fruit 10 Carats Cognac
$68.11

Léopold Gourmel Bio Attitude Cognac

70cl, 40%
Leopold Gourmel

An organic Cognac from the House of Léopold Gourmel! Their Bio Attitude expression presents a light, elegant mouth-feel, on which it carries notes of diced almond, orange blossom and fresh cream.  More info

Léopold Gourmel Bio Attitude Cognac
$46.12

Léopold Gourmel Quintessence 30 Carats Cognac

70cl, 42%
Leopold Gourmel

Very well aged Cognac from the Léopold Gourmel range. The Quintessence is a 30 year old Cognac which has been made using fruit grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides, and matured in…  More info

Léopold Gourmel Quintessence 30 Carats Cognac
$326.78

Marcadier-Barbot 9 Year Old VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Marcadier-Babot

Marcadier-Barbot is a family owned affair that own both the vineyard and the distillery where they make their cognac.  More info

Marcadier-Barbot 9 Year Old VSOP Cognac
$50.42

Marnay Napoleon VSOP Cognac - 1960s

70cl, 40%
Marnay

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

Marnay Napoleon VSOP Cognac - 1960s
$197.88

Martell 3 Star Cognac - 1970s

68cl, 40%
Martell

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…  More info

Martell 3 Star Cognac - 1970s
$197.88

Martell 3 Star Very Old Pale Cognac - 1950s

69cl, 40%
Martell

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

Martell 3 Star Very Old Pale Cognac - 1950s
$362.77

Martell Cordon Bleu

70cl, 40%
Martell

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

Martell Cordon Bleu
4
$104.21

Martell Creation

70cl, 40%
Martell

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…  More info

Martell Creation
$437.75

Martell Medaillon VSOP - 1982

70cl, 40%
Martell

A 1982 bottling of Martell Medaillon VSOP Cognac, produced over 30 years ago. Very collectible and rare.  More info

Martell Medaillon VSOP - 1982
$237.45

Martell Medallion VSOP Cognac 1l - 1970s

100cl, 0%
Martell

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

Martell Medallion VSOP Cognac 1l - 1970s
$296.81

Martell The Silver Jubilee 1952-1977 Special Reserve Cognac - Bottle #14

68cl, 42%
Martell

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

Martell The Silver Jubilee 1952-1977 Special Reserve Cognac - Bottle #14
$2638.34

Martell Three Star (95cl) - 1960s

95cl, 0%
Martell

Three Star Cognac from the Martell house, which we believe to have been produced in the 1960s, Presented in a bottle slightly larger than your standard 70cl.  More info

Martell Three Star (95cl) - 1960s
$277.03

Martell VOP - 1960s

Martell

A 1960s bottling of VOP Cognac from the Martell House - you don't see VOP Cognac very much these days, making this quite a rare piece for collectors. Please note that the label does not state the…  More info

Martell VOP - 1960s
$329.79

Martell VS

70cl, 40%
Martell

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

Martell VS
2
$25.17

Martell VS - 1950s

70cl, 40%
Martell

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

Martell VS - 1950s
$362.77

Martell VS - 1970s

68cl, 40%
Martell

A 1970s bottling of VS Cognac from the Martell Cognac House, well preserved for over 30 years. Rare and collectible.  More info

Martell VS - 1970s
$197.88

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