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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.

Martell Cordon Bleu

70cl, 40%
Martell

Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac was originally created by Edouard Martell in 1912. It is a sultry, stylish cognac with a lovely fruity, spicy flavour.  More info

Martell Cordon Bleu
13
$113.12

Rémy Martin XO

70cl, 40%
Rémy Martin

Remy Martin XO is a Fine Champagne Cognac with 85% Grande Champagne and 15% Petite Champagne.  More info

Rémy Martin XO
16
$158.38

François Voyer VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
François Voyer

Made exclusively with Ugni Blanc grapes from the Grande Champagne, this VSOP Cognac from François Voyer features eaux-de-vie aged for at least 4 years in Limousin casks.  More info

François Voyer VSOP Cognac
5
$52.94
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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

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
$39.85

Tesseron Lot No. 53 XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Tesseron

From the Tesseron range of well-aged Cognac comes the Lot N° 53 XO, a blend of Tesseron's most sublime stocks of Grande Champagne Cognac. The depth and finesse of this Tesseron has been widely…  More info

Tesseron Lot No. 53 XO Cognac
3
$252.05
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Courvoisier Initiale Extra

70cl, 40%
Courvoisier

Initiale Extra is a beautifully packaged Cognac from Courvoisier, made with eaux-de-vie distilled from Grande Champagne and Borderies grapes. The result is rich and full.  More info

Courvoisier Initiale Extra
2
$250.97

Tesseron Lot No. 76 XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Tesseron

Tesseron have made the name in the Cognac world by releasing a whole range of incredible expressions, most of which are XO Cognac. Their Lot No. 76 expression shows off well-aged eaux-de-vie from the…  More info

Tesseron Lot No. 76 XO Cognac
1
$104.11

Hermitage 40 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 44%
Hermitage

Know someone who's got a 40th birthday coming up and want to get them something really special (even if it's a self-gift)? Hermitage has the perfect thing - a 40 year old Cognac from the revered…  More info

Hermitage 40 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac
3
$267.43

Château de Montifaud Napoléon

70cl, 40%
Château de Montifaud

A Napoléon Cognac from Château de Montifaud in the Petite Champagne region, made with a blend of eaux-de-vie aged between 15 and 18 years. Tasty stuff, showing off a hearty helping of rancio through…  More info

Château de Montifaud Napoléon
1
$57.86

Hermitage 25 Year Old Segonzac Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 43%
Hermitage

Another delicious, complex Cognac from independent bottlers Hermitage. This expression was made with fruit from the Grande Champagne's Segonzac region, distilled in a 25-hectolitre still with a…  More info

Hermitage 25 Year Old Segonzac Grande Champagne Cognac
1
$115.17
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Martell VSOP

70cl, 40%
Martell

Martell's VSOP is a rich, tasty Cognac with a great deal of complexity. Very good as a digestif, this stuff also works brilliantly in cocktails.  More info

Martell VSOP
2
$42.44

Hermitage 20 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 42%
Hermitage

Yet another marvellous Grande Champagne Cognac bottler by the excellent Hermitage. This particular expression was made using a combination of mostly Ugni Blanc grapes and some Folle Blance ones too,…  More info

Hermitage 20 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac
1
$103.86
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Hennessy Paradis

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

Paradis was conceived in 1979 by Maurice Fillioux, a master blender at Hennessy. He blended a selection of eaux-de-vie that his grandfather had laid down.  More info

Hennessy Paradis
3
$1,023.63

Camus VSOP Borderies Single Estate

70cl, 40%
Camus

A single estate expression from Camus (the Cognac house, not the absurdist author), made with eaux-de-vie from a single estate in the Borderies cru - the smallest of the Cognac regions, renowned for…  More info

Camus VSOP Borderies Single Estate
3
$48.84

Louis XIII The Classic Decanter

70cl, 40%
Rémy Martin

A truly stunning Cognac from Rémy Martin, the Louis XIII was first created by Paul-Émile Rémy Martin all the way back in 1874, and since then, the company's cellar masters have used some of Rémy…  More info

Louis XIII The Classic Decanter
14
$3,034.86

Camus Île de Ré Fine Island

70cl, 40%
Camus

The first of three Île de Ré releases from Camus, making the most of this island near La Rochelle that lies within the Cognac appellation. It's matured in lightly toasted casks within a damp cellar…  More info

Camus Île de Ré Fine Island
2
$46.23

Ragnaud-Sabourin Grande Champagne No.25 XO

70cl, 40%
Ragnaud-Sabourin

None of the Ragnaud-Sabourin cognacs are blended between years; they are all matured as vintages. They are also completely unadulterated with no artificial colours or sweeteners added. This is a…  More info

Ragnaud-Sabourin Grande Champagne No.25 XO
2
$141.96

Jules Gautret VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Jules Gautret

From the Jules Gautret Cognac House in Jonzac comes a VSOP expression, made with eaux-de-vie which has aged for at least 4 years before bottling. The Gautret House was established all the way back in…  More info

Jules Gautret VSOP Cognac
1
$45.33

A.E. Dor VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
A.E. Dor

VSOP Cognac from the House of A.E. Dor, founded in Jarnac in 1858. Since then, they've been producing eau-de-vie using grapes from the Champagne region to create this exquisite expression.  More info

A.E. Dor VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac
1
$50.87

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

Hermitage 1995 Chez Richon Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 43%
Hermitage

A truly awesome 1995 vintage Cognac from the wonderful Chez Richon, produced predominantly from Ugni Blanc grapes, though there's a few Folle Blanche in there too. After distillation, it was matured…  More info

Hermitage 1995 Chez Richon Grande Champagne Cognac
1
$112.08

Maxime Trijol XO Grande Champagne

70cl, 40%
Maxime Trijol

A Grande Champagne Cognac from Maxime Trijol, this was awarded a Silver medal at the 2009 International Spirits Challenge.  More info

Maxime Trijol XO Grande Champagne
1
$123.45

Ragnaud-Sabourin No. 35 Fontvieille

70cl, 43%
Ragnaud-Sabourin

A wonderful unblended cognac from Ragnaud Sabourin, this is made exclusively with spirit distilled from grapes from the Grande Champagne region. Fresh and floral.  More info

Ragnaud-Sabourin No. 35 Fontvieille
4
$164.60

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
$40.06

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