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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 (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.

Hine Rare VSOP Cognac (50ml)

5cl, 40%
Hine

This is a 50ml miniature of Hine's excellent Rare VSOP Cognac, which brings together around 20 different eaux-de-vie from the Grande and Petite Champagne regions. A tasty way to explore some…  More info

Hine Rare VSOP Cognac (50ml)
$4.63

Martell VS Single Distillery

70cl, 40%
Martell

An intriguing 2017 release from Martell - it's a VS Cognac made with spirits distilled exclusively at one distillery! Their reasoning behind this choice (rather than using eaux-de-vie from a…  More info

Martell VS Single Distillery
10
$28

Brisson VSOP

70cl, 40%
Brisson

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

Brisson VSOP
$30.34

Seignette VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
Seignette

Seignette VS Cognac was launched by Sazerac as a contemporary homage to the Seignette Cognac that dates back 200 years! A versatile expression, suitable for sipping neat, but it's almost at home used…  More info

Seignette VS Cognac
3
$30.75

Courvoisier VS

70cl, 40%
Courvoisier

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

Courvoisier VS
12
$30.81
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Larsen VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
Larsen

A VS Cognac here from the Larsen house, made with a blend of eaux-de-vie from across the Cognac regions of France. More than suitable as a post-dinner tipple, but this should also do rather well in…  More info

Larsen VS Cognac
$30.81

Jules Gautret VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
Jules Gautret

It's a shiny new design of the wonderful Jules Gautret VS Cognac! With a history dating back to 1847, there is plenty of tradition here and the Cognac is matured for a minimum of two years, under the…  More info

Jules Gautret VS Cognac
$30.86

Polignac VSOP

70cl, 40%
Prince Hubert de Polignac

A step up from the Polignac VS, the VSOP shows off a chocolatey, nutty side of their fantastic spirit.  More info

Polignac VSOP
1
$31.06

Château de Montifaud VS

70cl, 40%
Château de Montifaud

From Château de Montifaud in the Petite Champagne regions comes their entry-level expression - a VS Cognac boasting oodles of fresh fruit sweetness.  More info

Château de Montifaud VS
$32.88

Brisson VS Grande Champagne 1er Cru de Cognac

70cl, 40%
Brisson

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

Brisson VS Grande Champagne 1er Cru de Cognac
$33.12

Larsen Aqua Ignis Cognac

70cl, 40%
Larsen

An intriguing Cognac here from Larsen, dubbed Aqua Ignis! This wasn't rested in just any old casks, but each French oak barrel was plunged into hot water and then toasted over an open fire – not just…  More info

Larsen Aqua Ignis Cognac
$33.90

Maxime Trijol VS

70cl, 40%
Maxime Trijol

A vibrant, balanced Cognac, Maxime Trijol VS offers up delicious fruity, floral notes - possibly the most summery Cognac you'll ever try.  More info

Maxime Trijol VS
3
$34.41
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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
$34.41
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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
13
$35.44

H by Hine VSOP

70cl, 40%
Hine

A VSOP from Hine. H is a blend of around over a dozen Grande and Petite Champagne eaux-de-vie with the youngest in the blend being aged for at least 4 years.  More info

H by Hine VSOP
5
$35.96

NAUD VS

70cl, 40%
NAUD

NAUD VS is the youngest Cognac distilled by the French spirit-makers, a brand that claims to be inspired by the tale of a legendary little still, nestled amongst the willow trees, that existed on the…  More info

NAUD VS
4
$35.96

Godet No.1 Gentleman Cocktail

70cl, 42.5%
Godet

The Godet No.1 Gentleman Cocktail Cognac is a blend of 3 years old Cognac from the Fins Bois and Bons Bois regions. It was created specially to be used in cocktails, so whether you enjoy a Sidecar or…  More info

Godet No.1 Gentleman Cocktail
$36

Richard Delisle VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
Richard Delisle

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

Richard Delisle VS Cognac
$36.01

Pierre Ferrand Ten Générations

50cl, 46%
Pierre Ferrand

A Grande Champagne Cognac from Pierre Ferrand, honouring the ten generations of Ferrand family members behind the great Cognac house. This expression has been crafted exclusively using eaux-de-vie…  More info

Pierre Ferrand Ten Générations
1
$36.47
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François Voyer VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
François Voyer

A delicious entry level VS Cognac from François Voyer, perfect if you fancy getting to know the expressions from this Grande Champagne Cognac house. They use Ugni Blanc grapes and mature their Cognac…  More info

François Voyer VS Cognac
1
$37.39

Camus VSOP Elegance

70cl, 40%
Camus

VSOP Cognac from the House of Camus, made including a portion of Borderies eaux-de-vie, which Camus is well-known for using in their expressions.  More info

Camus VSOP Elegance
2
$37.44
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Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Rémy Martin

An immensely popular VSOP Cognac from the ever-dependable Rémy Martin. The blend contains 55% Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie, the rest being made up from the Petite Champagne. Well-suited to enjoying…  More info

Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac
23
$38.01

Frapin 1270 Cognac

70cl, 40%
Frapin

Frapin 1270 Cognac was made with fruit harvested exclusively from the Frapin family's estates in the Grande Champagne region. After distillation, this expression was matured for six months in new oak…  More info

Frapin 1270 Cognac
4
$38.58

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 four and 12 years. A spicy and lusciously fruity spirit!  More info

Merlet Brothers Blend Cognac
$38.58

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
$38.74

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