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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.

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
$263.71

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
$28.93

Pierre de Segonzac Ancestrale

70cl, 40%
Pierre de Segonzac

The Pierre De Segonzac Ancestrale is a special expression from the Grande Champagne Cognac producers, with only a small number of bottled made available each year. It's blended using a selection of…  More info

Pierre de Segonzac Ancestrale
$348.76

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1994

50cl, 59%
Michel Forgeron

A 1994 vintage Cognac from the Michel Forgeron Barrique series. Single vintage Grande Champagne yumminess.  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1994
$61.94

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1992

50cl, 52%
Michel Forgeron

Another single vintage Grande Champagne Cognac from Michel Forgeron's excellent Barrique range.  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1992
$66.26

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1990

50cl, 59%
Michel Forgeron

A single vintage Cognac from Michel Forgeron's Barrique series - this one was distilled at the dawn of the 1990s. These bottlings are all single vintage releases, and often presented at higher ABVs…  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1990
$67.93

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1979

50cl, 54%
Michel Forgeron

This is a 1979 single vintage Cognac from the Michel Forgeron Barrique series. Single vintage Cognac makes for excellent gifts for Cognac enthusiasts, particularly if you get them one which was…  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1979
$113.48

Michel Forgeron VSOP

70cl, 43%
Michel Forgeron

The VSOP expression from Grande Champagne Cognac maker Michel Forgeron, who started to commercially sell his Cognac in 1977. Light and elegant.  More info

Michel Forgeron VSOP
$49.20

Jacques Denis Vieille Réserve

70cl, 44%
Jacques Denis

Using eaux-de-vie distilled long, long ago, Jacques Denis have created their Vieille Réserve Grande Champagne Cognac. It's been bottled at 44% ABV, a slightly higher-than-average strength for Cognac.…  More info

Jacques Denis Vieille Réserve
$260.83

Courvoisier 3 Star - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Courvoisier

3 star Cognac from Courvoisier, produced all the way back in the 1980s. Collectible and well looked after.  More info

Courvoisier 3 Star - 1980s
$154.18

Courvoisier VSOP - 1970s

68cl, 40%
Courvoisier

We think that this bottle of Courvoisier VSOP Cognac was produced all the way back in the 1970s. Very collectible indeed for the Cognac connoisseurs out there.  More info

Courvoisier VSOP - 1970s
1
$231.27

Martell VS 3 Star - 1970s

68cl, 40%
Martell

Back in the 1970s, this is what bottles of Martell's fantastic VS Cognac looked like! If you fancy yourself a Cognac collector, this certainly would make a handsome addition to your collection.…  More info

Martell VS 3 Star - 1970s
$192.72

Rouyer Guillet VSOP - 1970s

68cl, 40%
Rouyer Guillet

A bottling of VSOP Cognac from Rouyer Guillet & Co., probably dating from the 1970s. Please note that this collectible piece has a low fill level.  More info

Rouyer Guillet VSOP - 1970s
$231.27

Courvoisier Three Star - 1970s

68cl, 0%
Courvoisier

A rare bottled of Courvoisier's 3 Star Cognac, now more commonly known as their VS expression. We think that this one was produced back in the 1970s, and though the label is a little bit dirty, this…  More info

Courvoisier Three Star - 1970s
$192.72

Hine 3 Star - 1963

68cl, 40%
Hine

Have a Cognac enthusiast in your life that was born in 1963? Then they might just be interested in this rare antique bottle of Hine 3 Star Cognac, which was produced in that very same year!  More info

Hine 3 Star - 1963
$321.21

Gautier Eden

70cl, 40%
Gautier

An exquisite blend of different vintages of Fins Bois, Petite and Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie brought together by Master Blender Isabelle Couprie in the 'Chai Paradis'. The most premium offering…  More info

Gautier Eden
$1,964.67

Courvoisier Napoleon Fine Champagne Cognac - 1960s

Courvoisier

Snatched from the hands of time itself, we think that this antique bottle of Courvoisier Napoleon Cognac was produced back in the 1960s. Strangely, the label lists the alcoholic strength of the…  More info

Courvoisier Napoleon Fine Champagne Cognac - 1960s
1
$513.93

Martell VOP - 1960s

Martell

A 1960s bottling of VOP Cognac from the Martell House - you don't see VOP Cognac very much these days, making this quite a rare piece for collectors. Please note that the label does not state the…  More info

Martell VOP - 1960s
$321.21

Courvoisier Three Star - 1970s (68 cl)

68cl, 40%
Courvoisier

Three Star Cognac from the hugely respected Courvoisier house, which we believe to have been produced back in the 1970s. Nowadays you're more likely to see Cognac of this age listed as VS rather than…  More info

Courvoisier Three Star - 1970s (68 cl)
$192.72

Hine VSOP Liqueur Cognac - 1970s

68cl, 40%
Hine

VSOP Cognac from renowned producer, Hine. We believe this rare bottle was made all the way back in the 1970s.  More info

Hine VSOP Liqueur Cognac - 1970s
$231.27

Hine 1984 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hine

Early Landed Cognac is fascinating stuff - the first few moths of maturation are spent in Jarnac in the Cognac region before the casks are transported to a cellar in the UK, Bristol in this case.…  More info

Hine 1984 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac
$465.54

Delamain Trés Vénérable

70cl, 40%
Delamain

Another extraordinary Delamain release, made up of eaux-de-vie that's said to have an average age of 45-50 years (some as old as 55 years) , with the strength brought down from 45% by slowly adding…  More info

Delamain Trés Vénérable
1
$315.85

Courvoisier Three Star - 1960s

68cl, 40%
Courvoisier

No longer do you need a time machine to try Courvoisier 3 Star Cognac from the 1960s - here's a bottle of the rare Cognac from our Antique Spirits collection.  More info

Courvoisier Three Star - 1960s
$231.27

Gaston de Lagrange Napoleon Cognac 1l - 1984

100cl, 40%
Gaston de Lagrange

Napoleon Cognac from little-known producer Gaston de Lagrange, which we believe to have been produced in 1984, presented in a very handsome 1 litre bottle.  More info

Gaston de Lagrange Napoleon Cognac 1l - 1984
1
$256.96

Bisquit 3 Star Cognac - 1960s

150cl, 40%
Bisquit Dubouché et Cie

A big ol' bottle of Bisquit 3 Star Cognac from over 40 years ago! This 150cl bottling was produced in the 1960s (hence the "3 Star" name - these days Cognac of this age are known as "VS"), and…  More info

Bisquit 3 Star Cognac - 1960s
$462.54

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