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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.

Godet Sélection Spéciale VSOP

70cl, 40%
Godet

Godet Sélection Spéciale VSOP is aged for 10 years in oak, and it is blended from spirit from the Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois Cognac regions. It was awarded a Gold Medal at the Poznam…  More info

Godet Sélection Spéciale VSOP
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$38.42

Courvoisier VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac - 1970s

95cl, 40%
Courvoisier

The 1980s gave us many spectacular things - Top Gun, a handful of great Tom Waits albums and this bottle of Courvoisier VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac. Very collectible.  More info

Courvoisier VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac - 1970s
$347.81

Remi Landier Napoleon Cognac

70cl, 40%
Remi Landier

Remi Landier's Napoleon Cognac is produced using a blend of Fins Bois and Petit Champagne eaux-de-vie, which spends over nine years maturing in French oak barrels. Interestingly, Remi Landier say…  More info

Remi Landier Napoleon Cognac
$58.67

Jean Fillioux VS Grande Champagne

70cl, 40%
Jean Fillioux

A perfectly balanced VS cognac from top producers Jean Fillioux. This is made with eaux de vie from just the Grande Champagne region, the premier cognac designation.  More info

Jean Fillioux VS Grande Champagne
$42.24

A. E. Dor No.7 Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 42%
A.E. Dor

The A.E. Dor No.7 Cognac, made using eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne region, one of the most well-respected in Cognac. This is a powerful, dynamic expression, particularly on the palate.  More info

A. E. Dor No.7 Grande Champagne Cognac
$262.96

Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac - 1960s

Hennessy

The label of this Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac from the 1960s has been through the wars and seen better days, but the protective force-field that surrounds the Cognac (also known as glass) has kept…  More info

Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac - 1960s
$316.20

Le Réviseur VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Le Réviseur

Made from grapes from the Petite Champagne region, Le Réviseur VSOP is oaky and nutty with lots of balance.  More info

Le Réviseur VSOP Cognac
$43.04

ABK6 1985 Vintage

70cl, 42.5%
ABK6 Cognac

This 1985 vintage ABK6 Cognac comes from 6 barrels (FP1, FP2, FP15, FP65, FP66 and FP77), the outturn of which was 2,820 bottles. 1985 had a very cold winter and a dry summer in Charante,…  More info

ABK6 1985 Vintage
$160.22

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1991

50cl, 51%
Michel Forgeron

Single vintage premier cru Cognac from Michel Forgeron's Barrique series.  More info

Michel Forgeron Barrique 1991
$65.00

Hine 1986 Early Landed

70cl, 40%
Hine

Matured in the UK after an initial few months in Jarnac (hence "Early Landed"), this is yet another beautiful example of why we love HINE Cognac.  More info

Hine 1986 Early Landed
$405.78

Godet Family Reserve XO Grand Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Godet

XO Cognac from Godet, a house with a very long history which dates back to 1782. They are based in the seaside town of La Rochelle, where they produce, mature and blend exquisite expressions like…  More info

Godet Family Reserve XO Grand Champagne Cognac
$123.32

Martell The Silver Jubilee 1952-1977 Special Reserve Cognac - Bottle #14

68cl, 42%
Martell

A extremely rare, antique Cognac from the House of Martell, specially produced in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee in 1977. For this spectacular release, Martell blended together…  More info

Martell The Silver Jubilee 1952-1977 Special Reserve Cognac - Bottle #14
$2,529.56

Courvoisier Napoleon Cognac

70cl, 40%
Courvoisier

This was released to celebrate Napoleon's love of fine Cognac. Very rich and intense, and utterly delicious. A wonderful example of well-aged Courvoisier.  More info

Courvoisier Napoleon Cognac
1
$94.48

Martell Medaillon VSOP - 1982

70cl, 40%
Martell

A 1982 bottling of Martell Medaillon VSOP Cognac, produced over 30 years ago. Very collectible and rare.  More info

Martell Medaillon VSOP - 1982
$227.66

Olivier Tébily XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Olivier Tébily

From the Cognac OT range, created by former footballer Olivier Tébily, comes the Cognac OT XO. The OTXO, if you will.  More info

Olivier Tébily XO Cognac
$68.70

Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac - 1970s

68cl, 40%
Hennessy

A collectible bottle of Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac from the 1970s. 'Bras Armé', as we all know, is French for 'armed arm', which is a reference to Hennessy's arm with an axe symbol. Please note…  More info

Hennessy Bras Armé Cognac - 1970s
$252.96

Frapin Extra Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Frapin

An exquisite blend of Cognac, taken from the Frapin family's ancient reserves, many of which are well aged. Incredibly indulgent, the Frapin Extra features a nose thick with the aromas of vintage…  More info

Frapin Extra Grande Champagne Cognac
$431.28

Remi Landier Heritage Coupe N°2

70cl, 45%
Remi Landier

A rather excellent Fins Bois Cognac from Remi Landier, presented as part of their Heritage series. Hugely expressive...  More info

Remi Landier Heritage Coupe N°2
$264.39

Courvoisier XO Gift Pack

70cl, 40%
Courvoisier

A very cool gift pack from the Courvoisier, featuring a bottle of their fantastic XO expression and 2 packs of 10 'Aroma Cones', the fragrances of which are meant to create a new experience when…  More info

Courvoisier XO Gift Pack
$175.88

Rémy Martin Louis XIII Cognac

70cl, 40%
Rémy Martin

A truly stunning Cognac from Rémy Martin. It is blended from around 1,200 different eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne appellation, and some of the spirit was distilled more than 100 years…  More info

Rémy Martin Louis XIII Cognac
4
$2,028.86

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
$157.92

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
$178.83

Bache Gabrielsen 1992 Fins Bois

70cl, 45.7%
Bache Gabrielsen

A 1992 vintage Fins Bois Cognac from Bache-Gabrielsen, a Cognac house which is very popular in Norway. Sometimes you might find their expressions under the Dupuy name.  More info

Bache Gabrielsen 1992 Fins Bois
$85.85

Martell VS 35cl

35cl, 40%
Martell

A fruity, subtle VS Cognac from Martell. Recommended as a mixing spirit.  More info

Martell VS 35cl
$16.94

Hennessy XO - 1970s

68cl, 40%
Hennessy

This is a very rare bottle of Hennessy XO Cognac from the 1970s. It even comes alongside its original presentation box, which features a portrait of Richard Hennessy, founder of the Hennessy…  More info

Hennessy XO - 1970s
$474.29

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