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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.

Domaine de la Grolette Très Vieille Réserve des Borderies

70cl, 40%
Domaine de la Grolette

A very well aged Cognac from Jacques Ordonneau. This was matured for between 25 and 30 years, and was produced using grapes from the Borderies region - the result is a hearty, violet-flavoured cognac…  More info

Domaine de la Grolette Très Vieille Réserve des Borderies
$63.33

Richard Delisle Vintage 1965 Fins Bois Cognac (45%)

70cl, 45%
Richard Delisle

A 1965 vintage Fins Bois Cognac from the Richard Delisle range. Ought to be incredibly interesting for the Cognac enthusiasts looking to explore vintages from long ago. This has been bottled at 45%…  More info

Richard Delisle Vintage 1965 Fins Bois Cognac (45%)
$332.22

Joseph Guy VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
Joseph Guy

A Cognac made chiefly for the Dutch market, where Joseph Guy is the leading brand.  More info

Joseph Guy VS Cognac
$29.79

Camus Napoleon Cognac - 1970s

69cl, 40%
Camus

An old and rare bottling of Camus Napoleon Cognac bottled during the 1970s. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed info and/or photos just get in touch!  More info

Camus Napoleon Cognac - 1970s
$249.57

Maxime Trijol VSOP

70cl, 40%
Maxime Trijol

Classic VSOP Cognac from Maxime Trijol. The family installed the first still in November of 1859. The company now owns 20 2,500 litre charentais pot stills, and they are one of the largest distillers…  More info

Maxime Trijol VSOP
$35.49

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
$155.81

Jean Fillioux Balzac XO

70cl, 40%
Jean Fillioux

Fillioux cognacs are aged solely in Limousin casks with no added boisé (boiled down wood chips added to give a sense of maturity). Instead, the spirits are aged using time-honoured traditions. This…  More info

Jean Fillioux Balzac XO
1
$58.52

A.E. Dor XO Fine Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
A.E. Dor

XO Cognac from the A.E. Dor house, made with a rich blend of Grande and Petit Champagne eaux-de-vie. Light, honeyed, delicate and supremely well crafted.  More info

A.E. Dor XO Fine Champagne Cognac
$103.72

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
$41.94

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
$34.14

ABK6 VS Pure Single Cognac

70cl, 40%
ABK6 Cognac

A 70cl bottling of ABK6 Cognac's excellent single estate VS from Abceassis Domaine. A Gold medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge in 2010.  More info

ABK6 VS Pure Single Cognac
$33.41

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
1
$37.91

Remi Landier XO

70cl, 40%
Remi Landier

The Remi Landier XO expression is a blend of Fins Bois eaux-de-vie which has been aged for around 20 years, developing glorious, full-bodied notes of gingerbread, oranges and blackberries.  More info

Remi Landier XO
1
$109.97

Godet Epicure Folle Blanche

70cl, 40%
Godet

One of Godet's top Cognacs, Epicure was distilled from the Folle Blanche grape, and it has been aged in oak for 15 years. A creamy, velvety soft spirit with oodles of rich flavour. Very good indeed.  More info

Godet Epicure Folle Blanche
$53.81

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
$49.74

Frapin Cuvée 1888

70cl, 40%
Frapin

A very handsome presentation of some exceptional Frapin Cognac here - Frapin Cuvée 1888 is a reference to Piere Frapin, who selected a Cognac in 1888 that claimed a Gold Medal at the World Fair in…  More info

Frapin Cuvée 1888
$4,549.49

Tiffon Vieux Superieur Cognac

70cl, 40%
Tiffon

Richard Braastad, grandson of Sverre Braastad, selected the Cognacs which go into the Tiffon Vieux Superieur Cognac, all of which were aged in oak for over 50 years before finding their way into this…  More info

Tiffon Vieux Superieur Cognac
$122.78

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
$23.81

Remi Landier VS

70cl, 40%
Remi Landier

The VS expression from Cognac producers Remi Landier. This rich, subtly floral Cognac is made with a blend of eaux-de-vie from the Fins Bois region.  More info

Remi Landier VS
$38.13

Frapin VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
Frapin

An exquisite Grande Champagne VS Cognac from the House of Frapin, who happened to make their headquarters in the ridiculously awesome Fontpinot Castle in the Grande Champagne region of France. Why?…  More info

Frapin VS Cognac
1
$47.74

Pierre de Segonzac Réserve XO

70cl, 40%
Pierre de Segonzac

An XO from Pierre Ferrand's Pierre De Segonzac, presented in a handy gift box.  More info

Pierre de Segonzac Réserve XO
$71.37

Lhéraud XO Carafe Charles VII

70cl, 44%
Lhéraud

An XO Cognac from the Lhéraud House (which dates back to 1860), overflowing with rich vanilla pod, dark coffee and hazelnut notes. Presented in a classy decanter along with a glass stopper for that…  More info

Lhéraud XO Carafe Charles VII
1
$234.92

Maxime Trijol Extra Grande Champagne

70cl, 40%
Maxime Trijol

Stunningly presented in a handsome decanter, Maxime Trijol's Extra is distilled from grapes from the Grande Champagne region - the premier designation of Cognac. It offers rich aromas of rancio, with…  More info

Maxime Trijol Extra Grande Champagne
$161.51

Bache Gabrielsen VSOP

70cl, 40%
Bache Gabrielsen

This is the VSOP expression from the Bache-Gabrielsen House, created using 20% Petite Champagne and 80% Fins Bois eaux-de-vie. The Cognac from Bache-Gabrieleon is rather popular in Norway, with its…  More info

Bache Gabrielsen VSOP
$34.15

Pierre De Segonzac VSOP

70cl, 40%
Pierre de Segonzac

A VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac, produced as part of the wonderful Pierre de Segonzac selection. With Pierre's grand son Pablo in charge of the domain these days, they continue to produce delicious…  More info

Pierre De Segonzac VSOP
$48.22

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