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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.

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An ancient bottle of Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac, which has since been replaced by the Hennessy VS brand.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
$313.86

Delamain Réserve de la Famille (cask 360-83)

70cl, 43%
Delamain

A single cask Cognac from Delamain's Réserve de la Famille range. Very rare indeed to see single cask Cognac, and they're often very delicious indeed. Delamain used to only produce these for family…  More info

Delamain Réserve de la Famille (cask 360-83)
$413.25

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
$287.71

A. De Fussigny XO

50cl, 40%
A. De Fussigny

A. De Fussigny's XO Cognac is made with at least 50% Grande Champagne Cognac, with the rest of it coming from the Petite Champagne region. Very handsomely presented indeed, with a box that has the…  More info

A. De Fussigny XO
$99.39

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
$225.98

Courvoisier VSOP with Cannon Mount - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Courvoisier

A bottle of Courvoisier VSOP from the 1980s, presented in a mount shaped like a cannon. A great collectable piece. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed info…  More info

Courvoisier VSOP with Cannon Mount - 1980s
$313.86

De Laroche Fine 3* Cognac - 1970s

70cl, 40%
De Laroche

Three star or VS Cognac from the Grande and Petite Champagne regions bottled back in the 1970s for the Portuguese market. De Laroche also looks a bit like Zacharias Manuel's surname. This bottle…  More info

De Laroche Fine 3* Cognac - 1970s
$188.31

Robert Dupin Napolean Cognac - 1970s

70cl, 40%
Robert Dupin

Napoleon Cognac from the little-known Robert Dupin brand, which we believe was produced in the 1970s. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed info and/or photos…  More info

Robert Dupin Napolean Cognac - 1970s
$150.65

A. E. Dor VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
A.E. Dor

A.E. Dor's VS expression uses grapes from Fins Bois and Borderies as well as the Champagne regions that are exclusively used for the VSOP.  More info

A. E. Dor VS Cognac
$39.76

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
$94.66

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
$116.37

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
$198.50

La Gabarre 1970 Petite Champagne Cognac

70cl, 60.1%
Jean Grosperrin

Another entry in Jean Grosperrin's extensive range of single vintage Cognac. This one was distilled back in 1970, and made exclusively using eaux-de-vie from the Petite Champagne region of Cognac.…  More info

La Gabarre 1970 Petite Champagne Cognac
$316.24

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
$338.10

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
$347.89

Ragnaud-Sabourin VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac - 1970s

70cl, 41%
Ragnaud-Sabourin

A rare bottle of Ragnaud-Sabourin VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac, produced back in the 1970s. Ragnaud-Sabourin are still producing their delicious Cognac, so if you're a fan, you might like to grab a…  More info

Ragnaud-Sabourin VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac - 1970s
$251.09

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
$188.31

Perrier Vieux 3 Star Cognac - 1970s

70cl, 40%
Perrier

An antique bottling of Cognac thought to date from the 1970s. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item are available, please contact…  More info

Perrier Vieux 3 Star Cognac - 1970s
$150.65

Courvoisier Napoleon Cognac 1.36l - 1960s

136cl, 4%
Courvoisier

A large 1.36 litre bottle of Courvoisier, aged for at least 6 years, that's thought to date from the 1960s! This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and…  More info

Courvoisier Napoleon Cognac 1.36l - 1960s
$753.26

Le Reviseur VSOP Cognac Gift Pack

70cl, 40%
Le Réviseur

Petite Champagne VSOP from Le Réviseur in a fancy gift set with two tasting glasses!  More info

Le Reviseur VSOP Cognac Gift Pack
$51.50

Otard 3 Star - 1960s

70cl, 40%
Otard

A rare bottling of 3 Star Cognac from the Otard house. Very collectible amongst the Cognac cognoscenti... This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs…  More info

Otard 3 Star - 1960s
$225.98

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)
$1,890.89

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
$661.60

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
$257.68

Bache Gabrielsen VS

70cl, 40%
Bache Gabrielsen

The entry level expression from the Bache-Gabrielsen, who have been producing Cognac since 1905 when Thomas Bache-Gabrielsen from Norway followed his interest of brandy to the Cognac region. For the…  More info

Bache Gabrielsen VS
$28.27

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