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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.

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
$56.05

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
$54.28

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
$226.61

Guillon-Painturaud Réserve

70cl, 40%
Guillon-Painturaud

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

Guillon-Painturaud Réserve
$49.81

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
$93.13

Guillon Painturaud Hors d´Age

70cl, 40%
Guillon

An Hors d'Age Cognac from Guillon-Painturaud, a house that can trace its roots back to the early seventeenth century. This Cognac is said to be in the region of 30 years old!  More info

Guillon Painturaud Hors d´Age
$140.28

Drouet XO Cigar

50cl, 40%
Drouet

An XO from Drouet et Fils that's been specially formulated to accompany a luxurious cigar, the sort of thing you can imagine Churchill smoking, or Kennedy, or even Clinton. You can also insert a…  More info

Drouet XO Cigar
$100.24

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
$44.70

Léopold Gourmel Age Des Épices 20 Carats Cognac

70cl, 43%
Leopold Gourmel

A Cognac from the House of Léopold Gourmel, matured in un-toasted French oak casks for two decades. Impressive stuff from the distillers, who are also known for not using chemicals or pesticides when…  More info

Léopold Gourmel Age Des Épices 20 Carats Cognac
$200.99

Léopold Gourmel Age des Fleurs 15 Carats Cognac

70cl, 42%
Leopold Gourmel

This is a 15 year old Cognac from the House of Léopold Gourmel, produced using grapes grown without chemicals or pesticides and matured in un-toasted French oak casks. Their website claims this…  More info

Léopold Gourmel Age des Fleurs 15 Carats Cognac
$121.92

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
$156.16

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
$225.40

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
$299.39

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
$285.16

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
$175.66

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
$388.96

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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$219.57

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
$219.57

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
$263.48

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
$219.57

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
$263.48

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
$2178.06

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
$439.14

Hine 3 Star - 1970s

68cl, 40%
Hine

A 1970s bottling of Hine 3 Star Cognac - which you're more likely to see listed as VS these days. An awesome piece of history, this is.  More info

Hine 3 Star - 1970s
$219.57

Martell VS - 1970s

68cl, 40%
Martell

A 1970s bottling of VS Cognac from the Martell Cognac House, well preserved for over 30 years. Rare and collectible.  More info

Martell VS - 1970s
$219.57

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