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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.

Hennessy Paradis (Old Bottling)

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

An older style of presentation for Hennessy Paradis, one of the more deluxe expressions you can get your hands on from the respected Cognac house. The producers used a selection of over 100…  More info

Hennessy Paradis (Old Bottling)
$1,093.30

Courvoisier Collection Erté - No.3

75cl, 40%
Courvoisier

The Courvoisier Collection Erté was a series of releases from the famous Cognac house, featuring labels created by Art Deco designer, Erté. Each one represented a different step in the Cognac-making…  More info

Courvoisier Collection Erté - No.3
$873.54

Godet Renaissance

70cl, 40%
Godet

A particularly swish expression from the Godet House of Cognac. The distillers create the Godet Renaissance using over a dozen different eaux-de-vie from the illustrious Grande Champagne region,…  More info

Godet Renaissance
$1,642.69

Augier Grande Champagne Cognac (The Wine Society) - 1951

68cl, 40%
Augier

A very rare Wine Society bottling from what is thought to be the very first Cognac House - Augier. This expression was distilled in 1951 and bottled in 1968. It even comes with a page of The Times…  More info

Augier Grande Champagne Cognac (The Wine Society) - 1951
$659.28

Larsen Cognac - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Larsen

Started by a young Norwegian in 1926, Larsen Cognac has always established its brand on a basis of exploration and, awesomely, Vikings. That's why this incredible white and gilt porcelain bottle from…  More info

Larsen Cognac - 1980s
$263.71

Courvoisier 3 Star (16cl) - 1980s

16cl, 40%
Courvoisier

A bottle of Courvoisier's 3 Star Cognac which we reckon was produced back in the 1980s. This is a delightful miniature bottling, which contains just 16cl of delicious Cognac. An antique that fits…  More info

Courvoisier 3 Star (16cl) - 1980s
$32.96

Gautier Prestige Cognac Fisherman's Float (Boxed) - 1970s

68cl, 40%
Gautier

Gautier have been making fine Cognac since 1755, although presumably not always in this shape bottling accompanied by a fisher's net. This nautical novelty was produced in the 1970s, when a Mr.…  More info

Gautier Prestige Cognac Fisherman's Float (Boxed) - 1970s
$276.90

Martell VS 3 Star - 1970s

70cl, 0%
Martell

A rare bottle of 3 Star Cognac from the renowned House of Martell, produced in the 1970s (back when the term "3 Star" was used instead of VS). This bottle was part of a private collection - if…  More info

Martell VS 3 Star - 1970s
$197.78

Rémy Martin VSOP (68cl, Boxed) - 1980s

68cl, 40%
Rémy Martin

A very collectible bottle of Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac, produced back in the 1980s and presented alongside its original presentation box. Well-preserved Cognac history here, folks. This bottle was…  More info

Rémy Martin VSOP (68cl, Boxed) - 1980s
$197.78

Tesseron Extreme

175cl, 40%
Tesseron

The Extreme expression sits at the very top of the Tesseron Cognac range, made with eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne region using Ugni Blanc, Folles Blanche and Colombard grapes. The spirits are…  More info

Tesseron Extreme
$3,845.78

Tesseron Master Blend 100's

70cl, 40%
Tesseron

The Master Blend expressions from Tesserson showcase the extraordinary stocks of Cognac that been maturing in the Tesseron cellars for decades. The Master Blend 100's even includes some eaux-de-vie…  More info

Tesseron Master Blend 100's
$2,192.09

Tesseron Master Blend 88's

70cl, 40%
Tesseron

Tesserson Master Blend 88's comes from a series of releases showing off the extensive selection of Cognac patiently ageing away in the Tesserson cellars, dating back to the 19th century! The Master…  More info

Tesseron Master Blend 88's
$1,862.45

Rullaud-Larret Napoléon - 1960s

J. Rullaud-Larret

This is a rare bottle of Napoléon Cognac, produced by Rullaud-Larret back in the 1960s. The label seems to show a swan pecking at the family crest. Not a wedge of swans, mind. It's just the one swan,…  More info

Rullaud-Larret Napoléon - 1960s
$276.90

Martell VSOP Medallion - 1970s

35cl, 0%
Martell

A stout 35cl bottle of Medallion VSOP Cognac, produced in the 1970s by the famed Cognac house Martell. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos just get in…  More info

Martell VSOP Medallion - 1970s
$118.67

Hennessy VS (35cl) - 1970s

35cl, 0%
Hennessy

A cool piece for collectors, this Hennessy VS Cognac from the 1970s has been presented in a flask-shaped 35cl bottle. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed…  More info

Hennessy VS (35cl) - 1970s
$98.89

Martell 3 Star (35cl) - 1970s

35cl, 0%
Martell

An interesting item for Cognac collectors, this edition of Martell 3 Star Cognac from the 1970s comes in a smaller 35cl flask-shaped bottle. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd…  More info

Martell 3 Star (35cl) - 1970s
$98.89

Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac (35cl) - 1970s

35cl, 0%
Rémy Martin

This is a rare 35cl bottle (smaller than your typical, run-of-the-mill antique bottle) of Rémy Martin VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac, which was produced in the 1970s. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac (35cl) - 1970s
$118.67

Castillon 3 Star Cognac - 1960s

68cl, 40%
Castillon & Co

This bottle of Castillon 3 Star Cognac was produced back in the 1960s. The Castillon brand doesn't seem to be active these days, making this a rare piece for collectors. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Castillon 3 Star Cognac - 1960s
$237.34

Gaston de Lagrange 3 Star (1.5L) - 1980s

150cl, 40%
Gaston de Lagrange

This is a 1.5 litre bottling of 2 Star Cognac from Gaston de Lagrange, which we reckon was produced back in the 1980s. The shiny gold label certainly looks like it came straight out of the 1980s...  More info

Gaston de Lagrange 3 Star (1.5L) - 1980s
$316.45

Louis Royer Napolèon Cognac (1L) - 1970s

100cl, 40%
Louis Royer

This is a very collectible piece from Louis Royer - it's a 1 litre bottle their Napolèon Cognac, which we believe was produced in the 1970s! This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd…  More info

Louis Royer Napolèon Cognac (1L) - 1970s
$316.45

Monnet Anniversaire Cognac - 1960s

70cl, 40%
JG Monnet

A very handsome collectible bottle from the Hosue of J.G. Monnet - this is a 1960s bottling of their Anniversaire Fine Champagne Cognac! This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd…  More info

Monnet Anniversaire Cognac - 1960s
$276.90

Hine 1983 Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hine

Another fine effort from respected folk at Hine, this single estate Grande Champagne Cognac comes from the interesting 1983 Vintage. A good and reliable year, its efforts tend to be somewhat…  More info

Hine 1983 Grande Champagne Cognac
$494.46

J.G. Monnet 3 Star Cognac - 1970s

73cl, 40%
JG Monnet

A particularly sleek looking bottle of J.G. Monnet 3 Star Cognac from the 1970s, released for the Italian market. As ever with antique bottlings of Monnet's Cognac, we have to remark upon their logo,…  More info

J.G. Monnet 3 Star Cognac - 1970s
$276.90

Hardy Fine Champagne Cognac - 1960s

75cl, 40%
Hardy

An antique bottling of Fine Champagne Cognac from Maison Hardy, produced all the way back in the 1960s. Hardy are still in the Cognac game today, and have been since 1863 when Anthony Hardy founded…  More info

Hardy Fine Champagne Cognac - 1960s
$276.90

Boulestin VSOP Cognac - 1970s

Boulestin

A cool bottle of Cognac rescues from the jaws of time. This is a VSOP expression produced by Boulestin in the 1970s. The label seems to feature some sort of topographic map, which is pretty neat if…  More info

Boulestin VSOP Cognac - 1970s
$237.34

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