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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.

Guillon-Painturaud Réserve

70cl, 40%
Guillon-Painturaud

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

Guillon-Painturaud Réserve
$43.31

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
$71.87

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
$47.55

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
$298.60

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
$79.69

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
$1272.64

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
$29.68

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
$50.19

Daniel Bouju Divinessence

70cl, 40%
Daniel Bouju

A rare, well-aged Grande Champagne Cognac from Daniel Bouju, which has been aged in Limousin casks for 40 years. This lengthy maturation period has resulted in an intense, full-bodied flavour profile…  More info

Daniel Bouju Divinessence
$208.05

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
$89.38

Frapin Grande Champagne Cigar Blend - Single Estate

70cl, 40%
Frapin

Made to go very well with a cigar, this Frapin Cigar Blend Cognac has a luxurious nose of port, hazelnuts and vanilla, followed by a palate of floral and richly fruity notes. Splendid stuff.  More info

Frapin Grande Champagne Cigar Blend - Single Estate
$97.52

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
$197.02

Brisson VSOP

70cl, 40%
Brisson

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

Brisson VSOP
$31.28

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
$86.16

Tiffon Grand Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Tiffon

This expression from the House of Tiffon near the town of Jarnac, whom have been family run since 1875, is comprised solely of eaux-de-vie from Cognac's most renowned and respected region - Grange…  More info

Tiffon Grand Champagne Cognac
$152.13

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
$397.70

Cognac Leyrat Glory Extra

70cl, 45%
Cognac Leyrat

A very old, single estate Cognac from Leyrat, the Glory Extra is made using eaux-de-vie matured in casks that were hidden in the far reaches of Leyrat's 'Chai Paradise' cellar - which sounds like a…  More info

Cognac Leyrat Glory Extra
$312.23

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
$55.89

Courvoisier Initiale Extra

70cl, 40%
Courvoisier

Initiale Extra is a beautifully packaged Cognac from Courvoisier, made with eaux-de-vie distilled from Grande Champagne and Borderies grapes. The result is rich and full.  More info

Courvoisier Initiale Extra
$285.77

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
$69.46

Courvoisier 21 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Courvoisier

A stunning recent release from Courvoisier, this marks the first time Cognac from a top house has been released with an age statement! This was made using eaux de vie from the premier Grande…  More info

Courvoisier 21 Year Old
$174.63

Louis Royer VSOP

70cl, 40%
Louis Royer

The Louis Royer House of Cognac is located on the picturesque bank of the Charente River in Jarnac and has been since it was founded in 1853. They recommend enjoying the Louis Royer VSOP with a…  More info

Louis Royer VSOP
$42.24

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
$50.32

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
$100.64

Jean Fillioux Très Vieux

70cl, 40%
Jean Fillioux

A Très Vieux from Jean Fillioux, this cognac was recommended by Cuisine et Vins de France in January of 2007.  More info

Jean Fillioux Très Vieux
$87.70

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