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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.

Paul Beau Hors d'Age

70cl, 43%
Paul Beau

Paul Beau's Hors d'Age (meaning literally 'beyond age') Cognac is, of course, something very special. Like so many producers they began by selling their eau de vie to the large houses, but Cognac…  More info

Paul Beau Hors d'Age
$87.52

Maxime Trijol Ancestral Grande Champagne

70cl, 40%
Maxime Trijol

An extraordinary blend of cognacs from the very finest cru, including some over 50 years old!  More info

Maxime Trijol Ancestral Grande Champagne
$596.67

Drouet XO Cognac Ulysse

70cl, 40%
Drouet

Although an XO only has to be a certain age, many are much older and this is no exception. Produced with eaux-de-vie aged 16 to 24 years, this is a Grande Champagne Cognac to savour.  More info

Drouet XO Cognac Ulysse
$91.36

Delamain Extra

70cl, 40%
Delamain

Delamain Extra de Grande Champagne is a gorgeously presented Cognac made with some very, very old eaux-de-vie. 100% of the spirit coming from the renowned Grande Champagne region, and is blended…  More info

Delamain Extra
$268.23

A. E. Dor No.6 Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
A.E. Dor

Made with eaux-de-vie aged for at least 25 years, this Grande Champagne Cognac from A.E. Dor is a right spicy little number, but well rounded in the way that old, finely crafted Cognac often seems to…  More info

A. E. Dor No.6 Grande Champagne Cognac
$213.06

Paul Beau Vieille Réserve

70cl, 40%
Paul Beau

The Paul Beau Vieille Réserve Grande Champagne Cognac is a delicious expression that is almost certainly destined to become excellent postprandial drinking. This comes from a family with over 100…  More info

Paul Beau Vieille Réserve
$71.11

Drouet & Fils VSOP

70cl, 40%
Drouet

This is a VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac from Drouet & Fils, who age their eaux-de-vie for an average of 10 years for using in this expression. The Cognac from Drouet & Fils is made mostly with Ugni…  More info

Drouet & Fils VSOP
$49.21

Camus Extra Dark & Intense

70cl, 40%
Camus

Camus Extra Dark and Intense, released fifteen years after Extra Elegance was first introduced, is produced by selecting Extra casks, emptying them, re-toasting them and then returning the spirit…  More info

Camus Extra Dark & Intense
$400.54

Gautier Napoléon Vieille Fine Cognac

70cl, 40%
Gautier

A Napoleon Cognac from Gautier House, founded in 1755 with roots stretching to the 17th century. Best enjoyed neat or over ice.  More info

Gautier Napoléon Vieille Fine Cognac
$46.07

Rémy Martin VSOP 1l - 1970s

100cl, 40%
Rémy Martin

Classic Cognac from Rémy Martin, this VSOP was produced over 30 years ago. It includes the original presentation box. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and…  More info

Rémy Martin VSOP 1l - 1970s
$262.75

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
$197.06

Boulestin VSOP Cognac - 1950s

Boulestin

Thought to date from the 1950s, this antique bottle of Cognac is from Boulstin, founded in 1852. It was bottled at 40%. Please note that the label does not state the volume of this product and…  More info

Boulestin VSOP Cognac - 1950s
$394.13

Salignac VSOP Cognac - 1950s

Salignac

Produced by Salignac, this is a VSOP Cognac distilled from grapes grown in the Grande and Petite Champagne designations. Please note that the label does not state the volume or ABV of this product…  More info

Salignac VSOP Cognac - 1950s
$394.13

Otard VSOP - 1950s

Otard

A very exciting find for our Antique Spirits selection - a bottle of Otard VSOP Cognac which we believe to have been produced back in the 1950s! The label lists that it was bottled at 40%, though it…  More info

Otard VSOP - 1950s
$394.13

Courvoisier Le Voyage De Napoleon VS

100cl, 40%
Courvoisier

The VS expression of Courvoisier Cognac, presented as part of their Le Voyage de Napoleon range, which was originally released for the Travel Retail Market.  More info

Courvoisier Le Voyage De Napoleon VS
$39.33

Rémy Martin VS - 1970s

68cl, 40%
Rémy Martin

A rare old bottling of classic Rémy Martin VS dating from the 1970s! This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item are available, please…  More info

Rémy Martin VS - 1970s
$197.06

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
$157.65

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
$788.25

Hine VSOP Cognac - 1970s

70cl, 40%
Hine

An antique bottle of Hine VSOP Cognac, produced in the 1970s. It is rather dusty, like what you might expect from something which was rescued from the Jaws of Time. The dusty, dusty Jaws of…  More info

Hine VSOP Cognac - 1970s
$197.06

Martell VS 3.78l - 1970s

378cl, 40%
Martell

A very large antique bottle of Martell VS Cognac, holding 3.78 litres of the classic tipple. It was produced back in the 1970s, and would likely have been used in a pub or bar and enjoyed by people…  More info

Martell VS 3.78l - 1970s
$1313.75

Camus Île de Ré Double Matured

70cl, 40%
Camus

One of three releases from Camus shining a light on Ile de Ré, an island just off the shore of western France near La Rochelle that's within Bois Ordinaires. Matured initially in a damp cellar on Ile…  More info

Camus Île de Ré Double Matured
$62.56

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
$236.48

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)
$1978.73

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
$692.33

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
$328.38

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