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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.

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
$33.02

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
$104.14

Martell VS

70cl, 40%
Martell

This classic VS cognac from Martell is largely made with Ugni Blanc grapes from the Borderies region. The results are fruity and woody and quite complex.  More info

Martell VS
2
$24.13

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
$152.27

Louis Royer VS

70cl, 40%
Louis Royer

The VS expression from Louis Royer, who have been producing Cognac from their premises on the banks of the Charente River since 1853, is young but surprisingly mellow and flavourful. Royer even…  More info

Louis Royer VS
$33.02

ABK6 XO Family Reserve

70cl, 40%
ABK6 Cognac

A single estate XO Cognac from the ABK6 range, just completely jam-packed with classic well-aghed Cognac notes - you've got your cigar box, dusty oak, worn leather, chewy dried fruit, a hint of…  More info

ABK6 XO Family Reserve
$98.56

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
$86.07

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
$85.74

Martell Creation

70cl, 40%
Martell

The super-premium Cognac from Martell, Creation is created with top eaux-de-vie, specially selected from Martell's wonderful cellars. This is made with spirit from the Borderies, as well as the…  More info

Martell Creation
$419.70

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
$42.60

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
$70.95

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
$59.09

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
$105.34

Merlet Brothers Blend Cognac

70cl, 40%
Merlet

A very modern little Cognac from Merlet, this is produced using spirit from the Fins Bois and Grande Champagne regions, aged for between 4 and 12 years. A spicy and lusciously fruity spirit!  More info

Merlet Brothers Blend Cognac
$39.56

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
$58.28

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
$385.61

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
$41.62

Guillon-Painturaud Réserve

70cl, 40%
Guillon-Painturaud

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

Guillon-Painturaud Réserve
$43.04

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
$71.42

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
$47.25

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
$296.76

Jules Gautret XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Jules Gautret

An XO Cognac from little-known producer Jules Gautret, a house which can trace its history back to 1847. As one of their oldest expressions, this XO COgnac should suit your most discerning guests…  More info

Jules Gautret XO Cognac
$79.20

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
$1,264.78

Gautier VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
Gautier

Gautier is one of the oldest houses in the Cognac region and this is their VS expression (previously known as three star), matured at least two and a half years by law and in all likelihood a chunk…  More info

Gautier VS Cognac
$29.49

Cognac Leyrat VSOP

70cl, 40%
Cognac Leyrat

A great VSOP from Leyrat, this was produced at the vineyards at Domaine de Chez Maillard. They say the terroir is exceptionally good for Cognac production.  More info

Cognac Leyrat VSOP
2
$49.88

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