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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.

Pierre De Segonzac VSOP

70cl, 40%
Pierre de Segonzac

A VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac, produced as part of the wonderful Pierre de Segonzac selection. With Pierre's grand son Pablo in charge of the domain these days, they continue to produce delicious…  More info

Pierre De Segonzac VSOP
$50.10

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
$351.95

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1995

50cl, 58%
Michel Forgeron

Part of Michel Forgeron's Barrique range of single vintage Grande Champagne Cognacs, bottled at higher than usual strengths for this spirit. Very cool.  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1995
$62.25

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
$62.51

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1993

50cl, 59%
Michel Forgeron

Single vintage Cognac from Michel Forgeron, who began selling under their own label back in 1977.  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1993
$62.51

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
$66.86

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
$68.55

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1988

50cl, 57%
Michel Forgeron

The Michel Forgeron Barrique range lets Cognac enthusiasts discover the intricate details of what Cognac of a particular single vintage tastes like, often presented at higher ABVs than you'd usually…  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1988
$72.89

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1984

50cl, 53%
Michel Forgeron

Released as part of Michel Forgeron's Barrique range of single vintage, high ABV Cognac, this 1984 vintage makes for a great after-dinner drink. The distillers even recommend pairing it with a light…  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1984
$78.00

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
$114.51

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1975

50cl, 53%
Michel Forgeron

A 1975 vintage Cognac from Michel Forgeron, presented as part of the Barrique range. The series features a selection of Grande Champagne Cognac all blended from single vintages and bottled at ABVs…  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1975
$128.77

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1960

50cl, 50%
Michel Forgeron

A very old single vintage Grange Champagne Cognac from Michael Forgeron's Barrique series. All the eaux-de-vie in the release was distilled in 1960! Expect some exciting stuff here, Cognac fans...  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1960
$245.96

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
$49.64

Guillon-Painturaud VSOP

70cl, 40%
Guillon-Painturaud

The youngest Cognac top artisanal producer Guillon-Painturaud release, it's nonetheless aged for up to around 15 years.  More info

Guillon-Painturaud VSOP
$48.08

Guillon-Painturaud Renaissance

70cl, 40%
Guillon-Painturaud

Sitting above the Réserve and Hors d'Age in the Guillon-Painturaud range, this Cognac is around 20 years old!  More info

Guillon-Painturaud Renaissance
$200.72

Guillon-Painturaud Réserve

70cl, 40%
Guillon-Painturaud

Grande Champagne Cognac from Guillon-Painturaud, a well aged, elegant, artisanal release.  More info

Guillon-Painturaud Réserve
$44.12

Guillon-Painturaud Vieille Réserve

70cl, 40%
Guillon-Painturaud

An exquisite Cognac, aged for decades by a traditional family producer (their family farm dates back to the 17th century) who only began selling under their own name in the 1970s.  More info

Guillon-Painturaud Vieille Réserve
$73.22

Drouet et Fils Fine Mélina

70cl, 40%
Drouet

When Drouet et Fils name one of their Cognacs after the owners daughter, you know it's going to have to be rather good indeed!  More info

Drouet et Fils Fine Mélina
$39.60

Tiffon Très Vieille Réserve Fins Bois

70cl, 40%
Tiffon

A Fins Bois Cognac from the long-running Cognac house, Tiffon. Made using some very well-aged eaux-de-vie, this expressions captures some of the stand-out elements of the region - very impressive…  More info

Tiffon Très Vieille Réserve Fins Bois
$138.32

Camus Extra Elegance

70cl, 40%
Camus

A hugely impressive Cognac from the Camus range, their Extra Elegance expression is specially crafted using eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne and the Borderies.  More info

Camus Extra Elegance
$378.10

Grosperrin 1970 Grande Champagne

70cl, 51.50%
Jean Grosperrin

Extraordinarily well aged Cognac bottled by Jean Grosperrin, spicy and rich with notes of liquorice.  More info

Grosperrin 1970 Grande Champagne
$265.18

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
$263.21

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
$155.59

ABK6 Extra Cognac

70cl, 43%
ABK6 Cognac

An Extra Cognac (similar to XO in aging requirements, but in practice usually much, much older) that spent decades maturing in limousin oak casks to produce this premium ABK6 expression.  More info

ABK6 Extra Cognac
$344.52

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
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$194.48

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