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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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The A.E. Dor No.7 Cognac, made using eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne region, one of the most well-respected in Cognac. This is a powerful, dynamic expression, particularly on the palate.  More info
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Produced by the top cognac house A E Dor, this is a delicious Fine Champagne (a blend of Cognac distilled from grapes grown on the premier Grande Chamapagne and Petite Champagne regions). It was...  More info
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XO Cognac from the A.E. Dor house, made with a rich blend of Grande and Petit Champagne eaux-de-vie. Light, honeyed, delicate and supremely well crafted.  More info
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In 1968 Daniel Banchereau took over his family's wine estate and in 1991 Daniel and his children installed a distillery so they could produce their own Cognac, this is the excellent result of that...  More info
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An antique litre bottle of Cognac, produced by Bernaldo de Quirós (the drinks producers, not the post-impressionist Argentine painter from the early-to-mid-1900s, obviously) in the 1960s.

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If you fancy some of the "Choicest Cognac" from the 1980s, we've got some right here. This is an antique Grande Champagne Cognac, which was distilled in 1971, shipped by Delamain and landed in 1974...  More info
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A collaboration between Bottega, the Italian company behind the Alexander brand, and the De La Tour distillery in France. A well-rounded Cognac presented in a very shiny metallic-gold bottle...  More info
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An XO Grande Champagne Cognac from Breuil de Segonzac, who have dedicated 48 hectares of their 57 hectare estate to growing grapes for Cognac and white wine (the other hectares are reserved for...  More info
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The Napoleon expression from the House of Chagnoleau, made with a blend of well-matured eaux-de-vie, resulting in a flavour profile packed with vanilla, dried apricots and elegant oak.  More info
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Antique Grande Champagne Cognac, all the way from the 1970s! It was made by Château d’Uffaut. There does seem to be sellotape around the neck of the bottle, which actually lets you to see through the...  More info
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A rare, well-aged Grande Champagne Cognac from Daniel Bouju, which has been aged in Limousin casks for 40 years. This lengthy maturation period has resulted in an intense, full-bodied flavour profile...  More info
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A bottle of E. Normandin 3 Star Cognac, produced over 40 years ago in the 1960s. The label features the shadow of Napoléon, sat atop a horse like he often was (or at least that's how it seems from the...  More info
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An extremely old bottling of Cognac from Eschenauer & Co. This rare spirit is an 1892 vintage, meaning that it was distilled over 120 years ago!  More info
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