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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.

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Incredibly old Fine Champagne Cognac from Barnett & Fils - a 1914 vintage! Collectors, enthusiasts and connoisseurs should be very interested in this one, considering that 1914 was over 100 years ago...  More info
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This is a 1980s bottle of 'Pale & Dry' Grande Champagne Cognac from the Delamin House, which has been involved in the Cognac world since 1762.  More info
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This is the entry level VS expression from the De Luze Cognac house - a light, elegant Cognac, with plenty of floral qualities shining through on the nose and palate, joined by sweet citrus peels and...  More info
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This is the XO expression from Courvoisier's Le Voyage de Napoleon range, which was released for the Travel Retail market in 2013. A top quality release, rippling with fragrant vanilla, rich fruit...  More info
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The entry level VS expression from the Bisquit House of Cognac, which was founded in 1819 by Alexandre Bisquit. Plenty of cinnamon, vanilla pod and plum notes on the palate. We've even got a couple of...  More info
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We believe that this rare bottle of Girard & Co. Cognac was produced in the 1940s - quite a feat for it to survive this long! The company dates back to the 1880s and was based near Tonnay-Charente...  More info
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A very neat gift for those born in 1990 - a bottle of Courvoisier's XO Cognac, which was bottled in 1990.  More info
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Three Star Cognac from the hugely respected Courvoisier house, which we believe to have been produced back in the 1970s. Nowadays you're more likely to see Cognac of this age listed as VS rather than...  More info
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A 1990s bottle of three star very old pale Cognac from the House of Martell. Unbowed, unbent, unbroken. (Alright, a couple of bits of the label are slightly scuffed - it's essentially intact though.)  More info
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VSOP Cognac from renowned producer, Hine. We believe this rare bottle was made all the way back in the 1970s.  More info
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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
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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
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This neat gift pack features a full bottle of Camus VSOP Elegance Cognac, a stunning, mellow expression which features some of their Borderies eaux de vie, as well as two glasses. Top stuff for a...  More info
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Frapin's V.I.P. XO Cognac is made entirely with eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne region, resulting in a decadent, rich expression, packed with spice and floral qualities. For the V.I.P. in your...  More info
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A 1 litre bottling of VSOP Cognac, which has been produced for the Swiss cigar company, Davidoff. Dried fruit, ripe plum, fragrant oak and rich honey notes abound in this one.  More info
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We believe that this bottle of Camus Celebration Cognac (or as the label puts it - Celebration "The Cognac" - as if it was the Cognac to enjoy when celebrating) was produced way back in 1963. It was...  More info
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Three Star Cognac from the Martell house, which we believe to have been produced in the 1960s, Presented in a bottle slightly larger than your standard 70cl.  More info
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No longer do you need a time machine to try Courvoisier 3 Star Cognac from the 1960s - here's a bottle of the rare Cognac from our Antique Spirits collection.  More info
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A nice bottle of HINE VSOP Cognac dating from the 1970s.  More info
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An awesome collectible for Cognac fans, this "Special Blend" from Courvoisier was produced in celebration of the Year of the Dragon in 2000. The next Year of the Dragon will be occuring in 2024 (or...  More info
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This is a bottle of V.I.P. XO Grande Champagne Cognac from the Frapin house, produced in 1996. Who would have been a V.I.P. in 1996? Tom Cruise?  More info
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This bottle of Martell XO Supreme was produced in the same year as Daft Punk's phenominal Homework album - 1997. Very cool indeed.  More info
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This is a bottle of Hine Napoléon Extra Fine Cognac, produced in 1982. It comes alongside a presentation box showing the man himself, Napoléon, doing a wheelie on a horse.  More info
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A very collectible 1 litre bottling of Hine Napoléon Cognac, presented with a box that shows the man himself, riding a horse in what seems to a very dangerous fashion. One hand in the air like he just...  More info
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