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Cognac

Popular Cognac Types: VS Cognac | VSOP Cognac | XO Cognac | Prestige Cognac | Hors D'âge 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.

Hennessy Fine de Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

Exceptional Cognac at a simply astonishing price. One of Master of Malt's staff favourites.  More info

Hennessy Fine de Cognac
17
$40.53
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Hennessy XO

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

The term XO was coined for this very Cognac by Maurice Hennessy in the 19th Century. This blend includes over 100 eaux-de-vie.  More info

Hennessy XO
8
$144.40
$133.55
(Save $10.85)

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
8
$32.85

Rémy Martin XO Excellence

70cl, 40%
Rémy Martin

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

Rémy Martin XO Excellence
5
$130.03

Richard Hennessy

70cl, 40%
Hennessy

The world's most luxurious, prestigious Cognac. Richard Hennessy is an incredible blend of over a 100 finest quality eaux-de-vie, a number of which date back as far as the early 1800s. Richard…  More info

Richard Hennessy
5
$2,708.94

Rémy Martin Mature Cask VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Rémy Martin

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

Rémy Martin Mature Cask VSOP Cognac
9
$44.92
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Rémy Martin Carte Blanche à Baptiste Loiseau

70cl, 41.1%
Rémy Martin

Rémy Martin's newest cellar master, Baptiste Loiseau, was granted "carte blanche" to create an expression using the House's extensive stocks of eaux-de-vie. This is the fantastic result, bottled at…  More info

Rémy Martin Carte Blanche à Baptiste Loiseau
$309.39
$276.81
(Save $32.57)
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Frapin Cuvée 1888

70cl, 40%
Frapin

A very handsome presentation of some exceptional Frapin Cognac here - Frapin Cuvée 1888 is a reference to Piere Frapin, who selected a Cognac in 1888 that claimed a Gold Medal at the World Fair in…  More info

Frapin Cuvée 1888
$4750.15
$4,207.29
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Martell XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Martell

The brilliant XO from Martell, this is a soft, mellow cognac with hints of rancio, citrus, blossom and walnut, This is made by blending eaux-de-vie from both the Borderies and Grande Champagne…  More info

Martell XO Cognac
2
$146.29
$119.15
(Save $27.14)

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
$33.54
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Camus Extra Dark & Intense

70cl, 40%
Camus

Camus Extra Dark and Intense, released fifteen years after Extra Elegance was first introduced, is produced by selecting Extra casks, emptying them, re-toasting them and then returning the spirit…  More info

Camus Extra Dark & Intense
$397.23
$353.79
(Save $43.44)
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Frapin Extra Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%
Frapin

An exquisite blend of Cognac, taken from the Frapin family's ancient reserves, many of which are well aged. Incredibly indulgent, the Frapin Extra features a nose thick with the aromas of vintage…  More info

Frapin Extra Grande Champagne Cognac
$514.70
$460.42
(Save $54.28)

Jean Fillioux Balzac XO

70cl, 40%
Jean Fillioux

Fillioux cognacs are aged solely in Limousin casks with no added boisé (boiled down wood chips added to give a sense of maturity). Instead, the spirits are aged using time-honoured traditions. This…  More info

Jean Fillioux Balzac XO
1
$61.11

Maxime Trijol XO

70cl, 40%
Maxime Trijol

A classic XO Cognac from Maxime Trijol. This award winning spirit was distilled under Jean-Jacques Trijol, from the Trijol family's 20 hectare estate.  More info

Maxime Trijol XO
9
$75.41

Maxime Trijol VSOP Grande Champagne

70cl, 40%
Maxime Trijol

Made exclusively with Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie - the finest cru in the Cognac region. This includes a good amount of cognacs aged for between 10 and 20 years, and the average age is rumoured to…  More info

Maxime Trijol VSOP Grande Champagne
3
$48.26

The Cognac Advent Calendar (2016 Edition)

72cl, 41%
Drinks by the Dram

Out of the way chocolate advent calendars - this one's chock-full of one of the most complex spirits in the world: Cognac! Produced in the Cognac region (an appellation d'origine contrôlée), this…  More info

The Cognac Advent Calendar (2016 Edition)
1
$173.66

Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal

70cl, 40%
Rémy Martin

A Cognac that celebrates the Louis XV's decision to grant a young Rémy Martin the right to plant new vines on his land (banned in France at the time) with the Accord Royal in 1738. It's said that the…  More info

Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal
4
$52.06
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Comandon 1977 - Through The Grapevine (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 59.7%
Comandon

A single cask Cognac from La Maison du Whisky's Through The Grapevine range, which features a selection of rare finds from a range of Cognac houses. This one is a 1977 vintage Cognac from the…  More info

Comandon 1977 - Through The Grapevine (La Maison du Whisky)
$121.44
$110.59
(Save $10.85)

Courvoisier XO Cognac

70cl, 40%
Courvoisier

A new bottling of Courvoisier XO, a brilliant example of well aged, expertly blended and altogether delectable Cognac. Featuring very old eaux-di-vie from the Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne and…  More info

Courvoisier XO Cognac
4
$83.92

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
4
$25.25

Meukow XO

70cl, 40%
Meukow

The Meukow Cognac House was established over a century-and-a-half ago, and in that time they have built a reputation for producing masterful Cognacs. This XO is a perfect example, as it has been…  More info

Meukow XO
2
$106.96

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
2
$597.16

Bache Gabrielsen VSOP

70cl, 40%
Bache Gabrielsen

This is the VSOP expression from the Bache-Gabrielsen House, created using 20% Petite Champagne and 80% Fins Bois eaux-de-vie. The Cognac from Bache-Gabrieleon is rather popular in Norway, with its…  More info

Bache Gabrielsen VSOP
$35.66

Baron Otard VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Otard

This is the VSOP Cognac from the Baron Otard House of Cognac, established by Baron Jean-Baptiste Otard in 1795. Matured in a cellars located in the lowers vault of their Château of Cognac, the VSOP…  More info

Baron Otard VSOP Cognac
3
$44.70

Hine Rare VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%
Hine

Hine Rare VSOP is a blend of Grande and Petite Champagnes (60% is the former). This is what's known as a Fine Champagne. The cognac is aged from between 6 and 12 years, with most being around 8 years…  More info

Hine Rare VSOP Cognac
5
$50.30

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