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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 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.

Louis Royer Extra Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Louis Royer

One of Louis Royer's most well known expressions, their Extra Cognac is made completely from eaux-de-vie taken from the Grande Champagne region, producing a remarkably well-balanced and richly…  More info

Louis Royer Extra Grande Champagne Cognac
$327.13

Godet XO Terre

70cl, 40%
Godet

Godet's XO Terre is a Cognac with a big, bold, powerful flavour profile, with plenty of spices fluttering around the robust core of fruit. Good stuff for an after dinner drink, able to stand up to…  More info

Godet XO Terre
$89.38

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
$35.81

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
1
$71.47

Courvoisier XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Courvoisier

A new bottling of Courvoisier XO, a brilliant example of well aged, expertly blended and altogether delectable Cognac. Featuring very old eaux-di-vie from the Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne and…  More info

Courvoisier XO Cognac
2
$85.76

Frapin VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Frapin

An exceptional VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac made by the House of Frapin, blended with eaux-de-vie made of the grapes from Frapin's large estate in France. The maturation period of the Cognac gives…  More info

Frapin VSOP Cognac
1
$59.16

André Renard XO Fine Cognac

70cl, 40%
André Renard

This is the XO expression from André Renard's range of Cognac - expect plenty of well-rounded notes of citrus and dried fruit, accompanied by wafts of rich, flaky pastry.  More info

André Renard XO Fine Cognac
$42.25

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
$36.78

Ragnaud-Sabourin No. 35 Fontvieille

70cl, 43%
Ragnaud-Sabourin

A wonderful unblended cognac from Ragnaud Sabourin, this is made exclusively with spirit distilled from grapes from the Grande Champagne region. Fresh and floral.  More info

Ragnaud-Sabourin No. 35 Fontvieille
1
$139.92

Martell Cordon Bleu 300 - 1912 Re-Edition

70cl, 40%
Martell

Released in celebration of Martell's 300th anniversary, occurring in 2015, this is a limited edition bottling of their Cordon Bleu Cognac presented in bottles designed to look like the ones the…  More info

Martell Cordon Bleu 300 - 1912 Re-Edition
$138.98

Frapin Château de Fontpinot XO Cognac

70cl, 41%
Frapin

Single estate XO Cognac from Frapin, one of the most well respected Cognac houses in the Grande Champagne region. Floral and fruit filled with a rich, long finish, the XO is well balanced and…  More info

Frapin Château de Fontpinot XO Cognac
$114.53

Courvoisier Napoleon Cognac

70cl, 40%
Courvoisier

This was released to celebrate Napoleon's love of fine Cognac. Very rich and intense, and utterly delicious. A wonderful example of well-aged Courvoisier.  More info

Courvoisier Napoleon Cognac
1
$95.42

Camus Borderies XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Camus

This Camus XO Cognac is crafted using eaux-de-vie from the very small Borderies cru, matured in oak barrels for many, many years. Gloriously floral with oak-y cinnamon spice, nutty qualities and…  More info

Camus Borderies XO Cognac
$103.68

Courvoisier VS 1.5l

150cl, 40%
Courvoisier

A 1 and a 1/2 litre bottle Courvoisier VS. A great Cognac with a floral, oaky flavour. Reputed to be the preferred Cognac of Napoleon.  More info

Courvoisier VS 1.5l
2
$57.98

Hennessy Paradis Imperial

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

Released in 2011, this stunning Cognac from Hennessy is a blend of incredibly rare spirit distilled in the 19th and 20th centuries. It was inspired by a special brandy created by Hennessy in 1818 for…  More info

Hennessy Paradis Imperial
5
$1779.10

Rémy Martin Mature Cask VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Rémy Martin

A very popular Fine Champagne bottled in the instantly recognisable frosted bottle. The blend contains 55% Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie, the rest being made up from the Petite Champagne.  More info

Rémy Martin Mature Cask VSOP Cognac
11
$41.03

Ragnaud-Sabourin 1990 Grande Champagne

70cl, 41%
Ragnaud-Sabourin

A beautiful 1990 vintage Cognac from top producers, Ragnaud-Sabourin. This was distilled from grapes from the Grande Champagne region - the very top cru in Cognac!  More info

Ragnaud-Sabourin 1990 Grande Champagne
1
$144.91

Louis Royer VSOP - Force 53° High Strength Cognac

50cl, 53%
Louis Royer

The VSOP Force 53° expression from the House of Louis Royer in Jarnac is bottled at 53% ABV - rather high for a Cognac! While intense and powerful enjoyed neat, the added 'oomph' behind this VSOP…  More info

Louis Royer VSOP - Force 53° High Strength Cognac
$41.03

Pierre Ferrand Sélection des Anges

70cl, 40%
Pierre Ferrand

Produced by Pierre Ferrand, Sélection des Anges is a rich, old Cognac to which the Chicago Beverage Testing Institute awarded 95 points and a gold medal...  More info

Pierre Ferrand Sélection des Anges
2
$114.76

Hennessy VS

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

A blend of around forty different eaux-de-vie. The Cognac grading system was actually created by Maurice Hennessy in 1865. This VS (very special) cognac is the quintessential Cognac.  More info

Hennessy VS
8
$34.18

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
$38.84

L'Or de Jean Martell (with Dôme presentation case)

70cl, 40%
Martell

L'Or de Jean Martell, like Hennessy's Richard Hennessy release, celebrates the founder of one of the great cognac houses with a super premium release they would be proud of. Martell, founded in 1715,…  More info

L'Or de Jean Martell (with Dôme presentation case)
$3136.04

Delamain Pale and Dry XO

70cl, 40%
Delamain

A Grande Champagne Cognac blended from well-aged eaux-de-vie, this enjoys a two year marriage. It is "pale" for it has a light hue, despite its age, and is "dry" for it has no added sweetener.  More info

Delamain Pale and Dry XO
$83.62

Bisquit XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Bisquit Dubouché et Cie

An XO Petite Champagne expression from Bisquit of Château de Lignères, said to be one of Winston Churchill's favourite Cognac houses.  More info

Bisquit XO Cognac
1
$123.22

Hine Antique XO Premier Cru

70cl, 40%
Hine

A new addition to the Hine range, the classic Antique is now "Premier Cru". Before it was a Fine Champagne (a blend of cognacs from both the Grande and Petite Champagne regions) now it is just…  More info

Hine Antique XO Premier Cru
4
$114.82

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