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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.

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
5
$24.65
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Jules Gautret VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
Jules Gautret

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

Jules Gautret VS Cognac
$26.49
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André Renard VS Fine Cognac

70cl, 40%
André Renard

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

André Renard VS Fine Cognac
$30.21

Brisson VSOP

70cl, 40%
Brisson

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

Brisson VSOP
$31.26
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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
$31.47
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Godet VS

70cl, 40%
Godet

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

Godet VS
$31.65
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Lhéraud VS Cognac

70cl, 40%
Lhéraud

This is the entry level expression Cognac from the House of Lhéraud, whom are rather fond of direct-fire stills (and who isn't?).  More info

Lhéraud VS Cognac
$31.80

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
2
$31.94
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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
$32.71
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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
2
$32.74

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
$33.04

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
11
$33.74

Cognac Tasting Set

15cl, 40.6%
Drinks by the Dram

Fancy finding out more about France's most famous spirit? Then grab a Cognac Tasting Set, feature 5 different drams of cracking Cognac from top producers in the eponymous region. Please note: On…  More info

Cognac Tasting Set
$33.86

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
$34.11
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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
$36.92
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Courvoisier VSOP Fine 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.  More info

Courvoisier VSOP Fine Cognac
11
$36.92
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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
$37.04
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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
$37.89

A. De Fussigny Sélection

70cl, 40%
A. De Fussigny

The entry-level expression from A. De Fussigny's Creation series - a range of excellent Cognac from the house on the banks of the Charente River. The label describes it as "subtle and elegant", and…  More info

A. De Fussigny Sélection
$38.30
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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
3
$38.51
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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
$38.51
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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
$39.57
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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
$39.57
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Godet Sélection Spéciale VSOP

70cl, 40%
Godet

Godet Sélection Spéciale VSOP is aged for 10 years in oak, and it is blended from spirit from the Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois Cognac regions. It was awarded a Gold Medal at the Poznam…  More info

Godet Sélection Spéciale VSOP
1
$39.57
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Jean Fillioux VS Grande Champagne

70cl, 40%
Jean Fillioux

A perfectly balanced VS cognac from top producers Jean Fillioux. This is made with eaux de vie from just the Grande Champagne region, the premier cognac designation.  More info

Jean Fillioux VS Grande Champagne
$39.70

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