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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.

Brisson VSOP

70cl, 40%
Brisson

A VSOP Cognac from Gilles Brisson, using eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne region.  More info

Brisson VSOP
$30.86

Jean Fillioux Star Gourmet

70cl, 40%
Jean Fillioux

Star Gourmet is a 17 year old Cognac from Jean Fillioux. This Grande Champagne region was aged in Limousin oak casks.  More info

Jean Fillioux Star Gourmet
$84.99

Hennessy Privé

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

A Cognac that pays tribute to James Hennessy and is inspired by Art Deco. Master Blender Yann Fillioux put together Privé in 2009 as a recreation of James Hennessy's own Art Deco homage, the secrets…  More info

Hennessy Privé
$392.32

Banchereau 8 Year Old Napoleon Cognac

70cl, 40%
Banchereau

In 1968 Daniel Banchereau took over his family's wine estate and in 1991 Daniel and his children installed a distillery so they could produce their own Cognac, this is the excellent result of that…  More info

Banchereau 8 Year Old Napoleon Cognac
$55.14

Jean Fillioux Napoléon

70cl, 40%
Jean Fillioux

A Grande Champagne Cognac, presented in an attractive decanter. Napoléon cognacs are generally aged somewhere in between VSOP and XO.  More info

Jean Fillioux Napoléon
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$68.52

Godet Gastronome

70cl, 40%
Godet

A beautiful Fine Champagne VSOP Cognac from Godet. This is aged for over 14 years and it was awarded a Bronze Medal at the 2009 International Wine and Spirits Competition in London.  More info

Godet Gastronome
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$49.64

Hine 1983 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hine

An Early Landed Cognac, meaning that after just a few months maturing in Jarnac the casks used were transported to a cellar in the UK where conditions are cooler, with high humidity and more constant…  More info

Hine 1983 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac
$302.82

Richard Delisle XO Grand Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Richard Delisle

This is Richard Delisle's XO Grande Champagne Cognac, a deluxe, limited edition expression from the French producer. Handsomely presented, of course, like all good XO Cognac should be. It took home a…  More info

Richard Delisle XO Grand Champagne Cognac
$104.02

Martell VS 35cl

35cl, 40%
Martell

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

Martell VS 35cl
$16.81

Godet Réserve de la Famille Extra Vieille

70cl, 40%
Godet

Very well aged Grande Champagne Champagne Cognac from Godet's Réserve de la Famille range. A release of 5,000 bottles.  More info

Godet Réserve de la Famille Extra Vieille
$122.40

Gautier VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Gautier

The VSOP expression from Gautier's range of Cognac. As one of the oldest Cognac houses around (they received a Royal Warrant to produce Cognac back in 1755!), you can bet they know a thing or two…  More info

Gautier VSOP Cognac
$45.15

Godet Excellence XO

70cl, 40%
Godet

An excellent 25 year old brandy made from Eaux-de-vie from Borderies, and Grande and Petite Champagnes.  More info

Godet Excellence XO
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$61.87

Jean Fillioux La Pouyade

70cl, 42%
Jean Fillioux

Carefully distilled by Pascal J Fillioux, this Cognac was aged entirely in new oak barrels. Delicious. La Pouyade is French for "The Pouyade".  More info

Jean Fillioux La Pouyade
$50.00

Hine 1981 Early Landed - Grand Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hine

Distilled in 1981, and brought for ageing in cellars in Bristol, England, this Early Landed cognac from Hine harkens back to the old days of brandy. Very subtle and well balanced. A lesson in harmony…  More info

Hine 1981 Early Landed - Grand Champagne Cognac
$470.74

Rémy Martin VS - 1970s

68cl, 40%
Rémy Martin

A rare old bottling of classic Rémy Martin VS dating from the 1970s! This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item are available, please…  More info

Rémy Martin VS - 1970s
$188.31

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
$68.13

Jules Gautret VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
Jules Gautret

An entry level Cognac from Jules Gautret, a house which was established way back in 1847. This is their VS expression, which features eaux-de-vie matured in Limousin casks for at least 2 years.  More info

Jules Gautret VS Cognac
$26.15

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
$60.27

Brisson VS Grande Champagne 1er Cru de Cognac

70cl, 40%
Brisson

Brission Cognac comes from their 65 hectare estate in Châteaubernard. The grapes used for this VS all came from the Grande Champagne region. An intense, fresh and delicious Cognac, full of character.  More info

Brisson VS Grande Champagne 1er Cru de Cognac
$33.67

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
$350.48

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
$172.38

Cognac Leyrat XO Vieille Reserve

70cl, 40%
Cognac Leyrat

A complex nose with hints of nuts, pastries and caramel. This is a beautiful Cognac, made by Leyrat in the Fins Bois region.  More info

Cognac Leyrat XO Vieille Reserve
$81.70

Richard Delisle VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
Richard Delisle

This is the VS Cognac from Richard Delisle, featuring a beautiful amber hue. As a VS Cognac, the youngest eau-de-vie in the blend will have aged in the cask for at least 2 years before it joined this…  More info

Richard Delisle VS Cognac
$31.06

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
$366.11

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
$104.56

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