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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.

Domaine de la Grolette Très Vieille Réserve des Borderies

70cl, 40%
Domaine de la Grolette

A very well aged Cognac from Jacques Ordonneau. This was matured for between 25 and 30 years, and was produced using grapes from the Borderies region - the result is a hearty, violet-flavoured cognac…  More info

Domaine de la Grolette Très Vieille Réserve des Borderies
$54.63

Godet VS

70cl, 40%
Godet

Godet's VS is a 3 year old Cognac, blended from Fins Bois, Borderies and Bons Bois spirit. It is a robust, powerful spirit with custard and calves leather notes.  More info

Godet VS
$26.84

Godet Extra Hors d'Age

70cl, 40%
Godet

A Hors d'age Cognac from Godet, expertly crafted with very well-aged eaux-de-vie - an exceptional postprandial drink from the long-running Cognac house. Handsomely presented, too.  More info

Godet Extra Hors d'Age
$366.76

Frapin VIP XO Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Frapin

A very important Cognac, the VIP XO Grande Champagne Cognac is elegantly rich and spicy. Frapin originally started making wine, but they eventually forayed into the distilling world, and with good…  More info

Frapin VIP XO Grande Champagne Cognac
$158.43

Camus XO Elegance Cognac

70cl, 40%
Camus

For their XO Elegance expression, Camus use eaux-de-vie from all of Cognac's six crus to craft a luxurious, impressive brandy. Not only that, it's all rather well aged, resulting in plentiful notes…  More info

Camus XO Elegance Cognac
$164.03

Bisquit XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Bisquit Dubouché et Cie

An XO Petite Champagne expression from Bisquit of Château de Lignères, said to be one of Winston Churchill's favourite Cognac houses.  More info

Bisquit XO Cognac
1
$111.62

Cognac Leyrat XO Vieille Reserve Gift Box

70cl, 40%
Cognac Leyrat

Cognac Leyrat's XO Vieille Reserve is a nutty, complex brandy distilled from grapes grown in the Fins Bois designation of Cognac. Here it comes with a tasting glass in this handsome gift box.  More info

Cognac Leyrat XO Vieille Reserve Gift Box
$94.05

A.E. Dor Cigar Cognac

70cl, 42%
A.E. Dor

Produced by the top cognac house A E Dor, this is a delicious blend of Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne as well as some Fins Bois and Borderies to create the desired flavour profile. It was also…  More info

A.E. Dor Cigar Cognac
$104.84

Hennessy Paradis Imperial

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

Released in 2011, this stunning Cognac from Hennessy is a blend of incredibly rare spirit distilled in the 19th and 20th centuries. It was inspired by a special brandy created by Hennessy in 1818 for…  More info

Hennessy Paradis Imperial
6
$1638.90

A.E. Dor XO Fine Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
A.E. Dor

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

A.E. Dor XO Fine Champagne Cognac
$103.75

Delamain Pale and Dry XO

70cl, 40%
Delamain

A Grande Champagne Cognac blended from well-aged eaux-de-vie, this enjoys a two year marriage. It is "pale" for it has a light hue, despite its age, and is "dry" for it has no added sweetener.  More info

Delamain Pale and Dry XO
$83.53

Bache Gabrielsen Pure & Rustic VSOP

70cl, 40%
Bache Gabrielsen

This is the VSOP Cognac from Bache Gabrielsen's Pure & Rustic Range. Created by the Cellar Master of Bache Gabrielsen - Jean-Philippe Bergier - the range shows off a modern, light, elegant style of…  More info

Bache Gabrielsen Pure & Rustic VSOP
$41.03

André Renard VSOP Fine Cognac

70cl, 40%
André Renard

A VSOP Cognac from little known producer, André Renard. There looks to be a rather heavily bearded chap on a small emblem on the presentation box. We can only hope that this is the eponymous André…  More info

André Renard VSOP Fine Cognac
$34.62

Maxime Trijol VSOP

70cl, 40%
Maxime Trijol

Classic VSOP Cognac from Maxime Trijol. The family installed the first still in November of 1859. The company now owns 20 2,500 litre charentais pot stills, and they are one of the largest distillers…  More info

Maxime Trijol VSOP
$36.82

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1996

50cl, 56%
Michel Forgeron

We love these Michel Forgeron Barrique releases, single vintage Cognacs bottled at hearty abvs.  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1996
$73.10

Grosperrin 1958 Petite Champagne Cognac

70cl, 41.10%
Jean Grosperrin

It's not every day that you see a 1958 Petite Champagne Cognac, but today is just one of those wonderful days! This is a Grosperrin bottling of very well-aged Cognac, which ought to be exciting for…  More info

Grosperrin 1958 Petite Champagne Cognac
$318.57

Delamain XO Vesper

70cl, 40%
Delamain

Here we have a rather delicious Delamain Grande Champagne Cognac, made with some particularly well-aged eaux-de-vie. Said well-aged eaux-de-vie is blended together and then aged for two years further…  More info

Delamain XO Vesper
$133.57

Hennessy 250 Collector Blend

100cl, 40%
Hennessy

The Hennessy 250 Collector Blend was released as part of their 250th anniversary celebration in 2015. This very special expression was crafted using eaux de vie aged between 15 and 35 years old,…  More info

Hennessy 250 Collector Blend
$432.45

Tiffon Grand Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Tiffon

This expression from the House of Tiffon near the town of Jarnac, whom have been family run since 1875, is comprised solely of eaux-de-vie from Cognac's most renowned and respected region - Grange…  More info

Tiffon Grand Champagne Cognac
$157.05

Remi Landier Très Vieux Fins Bois

70cl, 40%
Remi Landier

An exceptional expression from Remi Landier of Fins Bois Cognac, taken from family reserves which stretch back over 40 years. Absolutely riveting, this complex Cognac features notes of saffron,…  More info

Remi Landier Très Vieux Fins Bois
$254.79

ABK6 VS Pure Single Cognac

70cl, 40%
ABK6 Cognac

A 70cl bottling of ABK6 Cognac's excellent single estate VS from Abceassis Domaine. A Gold medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge in 2010.  More info

ABK6 VS Pure Single Cognac
$35.17

Ragnaud Sabourin Cognac Florilege Gift Set

70cl, 46%
Ragnaud-Sabourin

An intense Grande Champagne from Ragnaud Sabourin. This is marked by a classic Rancio character, with hints of coffee, cedar and leather. This set comes with two tasting glasses  More info

Ragnaud Sabourin Cognac Florilege Gift Set
$185.75

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
$103.79

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
$133.31

Jean Fillioux XO Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 44%
Jean Fillioux

Very well aged Grande Champagne Cognac from Jean Fillioux. This XO expression captures decadent, expressive notes of plump dried raisin, generous vanilla, roasted almonds and spicy cinnamon. Enjoy…  More info

Jean Fillioux XO Grande Champagne Cognac
$90.99

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