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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.

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
$463.99

Le Réviseur VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
Le Réviseur

Le Réviseur make their Cognac with grapes from the Petite Champagne Cognac region. This VS offers loads of nutty, fruity notes.  More info

Le Réviseur VS Cognac
$32.31

Drouet Paradis de Famille

70cl, 42%
Drouet

From Drouet & Fils comes one of their most well-aged expression - the Paradis de Famille Grande Champagne Cognac. To create this,the distillers blended together eaux-de-vie which has been matured…  More info

Drouet Paradis de Famille
$101.88

Pierre de Segonzac Extra

70cl, 40%
Pierre de Segonzac

Well aged (and well presented) Grande Champagne Cognac from the Pierre De Segonzac range. The distillers suggest enjoying it alongside dark chocolate, vanilla ice cream or perhaps a cigar.  More info

Pierre de Segonzac Extra
1
$148.96

Claude Thorin XO

70cl, 40%
Claude Thorin

From Claude Thorin comes their XO Grande Champagne Cognac from the Classics range, featuring Cognac distilled both by Claude and his father André when he was still at the helm of the Cognac house.  More info

Claude Thorin XO
$84.20

Pierre De Segonzac XO Sélection des Anges

70cl, 40%
Pierre de Segonzac

XO Grande Champagne Cognac from Pierre de Sedonzac's selection. The name of this expression is of course a reference to the Angel's Share, the romanticised evaporation of spirits which takes place as…  More info

Pierre De Segonzac XO Sélection des Anges
3
$83.88

Olivier Tébily VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Olivier Tébily

Olivier Tébily played football for the Ivory Coast (as well as Birmingham, Celtic and Sheffield United) and moved into winemaking when he retired from sport. Not a bad career! This is the VSOP…  More info

Olivier Tébily VSOP Cognac
$41.67

A.E. Dor Napoléon Cognac

70cl, 40%
A.E. Dor

The A.E. Dor Napoléon is a blend of three eaux-de-vie, featuring qualities from three different crus (Grande Champagne, Fins Bois and Borderies) resulting in a deliciously mellow and easy to enjoy…  More info

A.E. Dor Napoléon Cognac
$69.41

Bache Gabrielsen Pure & Rustic XO

70cl, 40%
Bache Gabrielsen

The XO expression from the Pure & Rustic range created by Bache-Gabrielsen cellar master Jean-Philippe Bergier, which shows off a modern style of Cognac.  More info

Bache Gabrielsen Pure & Rustic XO
$57.81

Martell VS 1.5l

150cl, 40%
Martell

Created with mostly Ugni Blanc spirit, the majority of which are from the Borderies region - known for its woody style of cognac. The result is fruity and rich with lots of character. This is the…  More info

Martell VS 1.5l
$57.01

Camus Extra Dark & Intense

70cl, 40%
Camus

Camus Extra Dark and Intense, released fifteen years after Extra Elegance was first introduced, is produced by selecting Extra casks, emptying them, re-toasting them and then returning the spirit…  More info

Camus Extra Dark & Intense
$377.23

Jean Fillioux Balzac VSOP

70cl, 40%
Jean Fillioux

A VSOP Cognac blended from eaux-de-vie from the Fins Bois and Petite Champagne regions. Jean Fillioux is produce some exceptional cognacs.  More info

Jean Fillioux Balzac VSOP
$40.72

Ragnaud Sabourin VSOP Grande Champagne

70cl, 41%
Ragnaud-Sabourin

A perfectly balanced VSOP Cognac, made by exclusively using grapes from the premier Grande Champagne designation. A fruity, aromatic spirit from Ragnaud Sabourin.  More info

Ragnaud Sabourin VSOP Grande Champagne
$46.23

Hine 1985 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hine

Full bodied, spicy and muscular, this vintage HINE Cognac comes from 1985 when the sunny weather ran right through into the harvest. HINE only set aside casks for vintage releases in exceptional…  More info

Hine 1985 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac
$290.31

Remi Landier Très Vieux Fins Bois

70cl, 40%
Remi Landier

An exceptional expression from Remi Landier of Fins Bois Cognac, taken from family reserves which stretch back over 40 years. Absolutely riveting, this complex Cognac features notes of saffron,…  More info

Remi Landier Très Vieux Fins Bois
$239.96

Martell VS 3.78l - 1970s

378cl, 40%
Martell

A very large antique bottle of Martell VS Cognac, holding 3.78 litres of the classic tipple. It was produced back in the 1970s, and would likely have been used in a pub or bar and enjoyed by people…  More info

Martell VS 3.78l - 1970s
$1,237.30

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
$191.55

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
$83.77

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
$386.66

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
$54.34

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
1
$67.53

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
1
$48.92

Merlet Sélection Saint-Sauvant Cognac

70cl, 45.2%
Merlet

From top Cognac producers, Merlet, comes this brilliantly blended expression made from some of their finest stocks, including Petit Champagne from 1993, Fins Bois from 1992 and 2003 and Grande…  More info

Merlet Sélection Saint-Sauvant Cognac
$97.85

Léopold Gourmel Bio Attitude Cognac

70cl, 40%
Leopold Gourmel

An organic Cognac from the House of Léopold Gourmel! Their Bio Attitude expression presents a light, elegant mouth-feel, on which it carries notes of diced almond, orange blossom and fresh cream.  More info

Léopold Gourmel Bio Attitude Cognac
$43.26

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
$298.45

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