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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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Martell VS 35cl
(35cl, 40%)
A fruity, subtle VS Cognac from Martell. Recommended as a mixing spirit.  More info
$23.30
From little known producer André Renard comes the entry level expression of their range - the André Renard VS Fine Cognac. A simple, good value-for-money Cognac, suitable for enjoying neat as a...  More info
$33.82
Courvoisier VS
(70cl, 40%)
Courvoisier proudly boast their Cognac as that of Napoleon. It all started when Napoleon took hundreds of bottles of Courvoisier Cognac for his years of exile. Napoleon told Emmanuel Courvoisier that...  More info
User Rating:  (4 Reviews)
$34.45
Martell VS
(70cl, 40%)
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
User Rating:  (1 Review)
$35.29
Bisquit VS Cognac
(70cl, 40%)
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
$37.58
Godet VS
(70cl, 40%)
Godet's VS is a 3 year old Cognac, blended from Fins Bois, Borderies and Bons Bois spirit. It is a robust, powerful spirit with custard and calves leather notes.  More info
$37.99
De Luze VS
(70cl, 40%)
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
$38.13
An entry level Cognac from Jules Gautret, a house which was established way back in 1847. This is their VS expression, which features eaux-de-vie matured in Limousin casks for at least 2 years.  More info
$38.73
The classic Martell VS Cognac, presented alongside a gift box in celebration of the House of Martell's Tricentenary. The esteemed House of Martell was born in 1715, and in 2015, they will be be...  More info
$40.20
Maxime Trijol VS
(70cl, 40%)
A vibrant, balanced Cognac, Maxime Trijol VS offers up delicious fruity, floral notes - possibly the most summery Cognac you'll ever try.  More info
$41.10
A VSOP Cognac from little known producer, André Renard. There looks to be a rather heavily bearded chap on a small emblem on the presentation box. We can only hope that this is the eponymous André...  More info
$42.40
Hennessy VS
(70cl, 40%)
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
User Rating:  (8 Reviews)
$42.56
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
$43.27
Louis Royer VS
(70cl, 40%)
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
$45.90
This is the VS Cognac from Richard Delisle, featuring a beautiful amber hue. As a VS Cognac, the youngest eau-de-vie in the blend will have aged in the cask for at least 2 years before it joined this...  More info
$46.00
Maxime Trijol VSOP
(70cl, 40%)
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
$49.79
Brission Cognac comes from their 65 hectare estate in Châteaubernard. The grapes used for this VS all came from the Grande Champagne region. An intense, fresh and delicious Cognac, full of character.  More info
$49.87
A classic cognac, this is matured for between 8 and 12 years in a selection of Troncais and Limousin oak barrels. This VSOP from Couvoisier is a "Fine Champagne" meaning it is a blend of Cognacs from...  More info
User Rating:  (5 Reviews)
$50.36
H by Hine VSOP
(70cl, 40%)
A VSOP from Hine. H is a blend of around 15 Petite Champagne eaux-de-vie with the youngest cognac in the blend being aged for at least 4 years. This was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2007 International...  More info
User Rating:  (2 Reviews)
$50.78
Landy VS
(70cl, 40%)
This is a superb VS Cognac from Ferrand's Landy range. It was distilled from grapes grown in the Grande Champagne, the Petite Champagne and the Fins Bois regions. The result is a supple, fruity brandy...  More info
$52.32
Remi Landier VSOP
(50cl, 40%)
VSOP Cognac from the Remi Landier House in the Fins Bois region. The eaux-de-vie used for this expression spent 5 years in French oak casks to develop a flavour profile bustling with spice, floral...  More info
$52.36
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
User Rating:  (11 Reviews)
$52.60
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
$52.60
De Luze VSOP
(70cl, 40%)
A beautiful Fine Champagne Cognac made in the two premier regions - Petite and Grande Champagne. This stuff is around 12 years old, with some spirit from the Boinaud Estate harvest of 1989. It was...  More info
$52.60
Aged for slightly longer than a VS, this is designed for the contemporary brandy market. Exclusif is very fruity and rich, and works great in cocktails.  More info
User Rating:  (3 Reviews)
$53.04
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