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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.

Cognac is produced in the town of Cognac to the very west of France, and it has had a recent surge in popularity among the houses which produce the best Cognac - 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 central regions are the most venerated. The premier cru is Grand Champagne, so named for the nature of its soils.

Cognac is a protected designation of origin (PDO), which means that it can only be made in the Cognac region of France.

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
$25.23

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
$26.99

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
$27.04
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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
$27.04

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
$27.09

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
$27.26

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
$28.85

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
$29.75

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
$30.20

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
$30.20
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Hennessy VS

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

Hennessy V.S is a cognac produced by Hennessy, a French company that has been in operation since 1765. The "V.S" stands for "Very Special", and this cognac lives up to its name. It is made from a…  More info

Hennessy VS
13
$30.80

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
$30.92

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
$31.59

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
$31.61

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
$31.87
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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
$32.91

Courvoisier VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Courvoisier

A classic VSOP cognac, this is matured for between 8 and 12 years in a selection of Troncais and Limousin oak barrels. The Courvoisier brandy used in this bottling is sourced from the two premier…  More info

Courvoisier VSOP Cognac
17
$33.36

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
$34

Château de Montifaud VSOP Petite Champagne

70cl, 40%
Château de Montifaud

Château de Montifaud has been in the Vallet family for 6 generations, and this is where the Ugni Blanc is stored on the lees for 2-3 months until distillation, before being double distilled in…  More info

Château de Montifaud VSOP Petite Champagne
2
$34.27

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
$34.76
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A.E. Dor VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
A.E. Dor

A.E. Dor's VS expression uses grapes from Fins Bois and Borderies as well as the Champagne regions that are exclusively used for the VSOP.  More info

A.E. Dor VS Cognac
$34.76

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
1
$35.16
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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
$35.21

Cognac Leyrat Assemblage No.1

70cl, 42%
Cognac Leyrat

The Assemblage No.1 from Cognac Leyrat was crafted from a selection of Cognacs from the Chez Maillard estate in Fins Bois. The vineyards are on the top of a hill with a limestone subsoil to produce…  More info

Cognac Leyrat Assemblage No.1
$35.61

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
$35.88

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