Brandy Classics - Distinguished Vintage Cognacs from a Past Era

A New Vintage Begins with
British Summer Time

Longer days and lazy evenings are what we are all looking forward to now that British Summer Time has begun. This time of year also marks the end of the cognac distillation process for last summer’s harvest - strict regulations dictate that it must be completed by 31 March - and so, the ageing process for the 2014 vintage has already begun.

The longer it is left in oak barrels the finer it will be, which is why our very old vintages are particularly special. Hermitage Reaux 1954 was distilled 60 years ago and just oozes rich, dark chocolatey flavours whilst our 1914 Borderies is now a centurion and has the elegance and finesse to match.

Like the long summer evenings ahead, they really are worth waiting for...

Gold Medal Award winning Hermitage 1988 Chez Richon Vintage Cognac Hermitage Strikes Gold Again

 

We are delighted to announce that two of our Hermitage Cognacs have been awarded medals at The Cognac Masters.

Our slightly sweet and spicy Hermitage 1988 Chez Richon gained a GOLD and our mocha and chocolatey Hermitage Réaux 50 Year Old was awarded the prestigious title of MASTER.

These fantastic results from the house of Hermitage affirm our position as the leading supplier of luxury cognacs, from single estates, all with guaranteed age statements.

A Great Collection of Medal Winners

Award winning Hermitage Cognacs Hermitage Cognacs were on top of the podium again in July 2013, this time at the highly prestigious International Wine and Spirits Competition.

Recognising the wonderful quality of carefully aged, single estate cognacs, the judges placed both the Hermitage Segonzac 25 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac and the Hermitage Chez Richon 2000 Grande Champagne Cognac at the top of their respective classes and awarded them each a Gold Medal.

These latest awards add to Hermitage Cognac’s vast medal haul to date which surely makes it one of the most successful Cognac Houses in existence.

Cognac - the story of the world’s greatest brandy by author Nick Faith

Cognac - the story of the world’s greatest brandy

This wonderfully researched book by Nick Faith covers every aspect of cognac’s long and colourful history, its development through time and a great deal of information on its production and ageing. Cognac is a hugely complex and diverse spirit which is several stages on from wine, and when understood properly creates an incredibly exciting encyclopaedia of knowledge.

There are more than five thousand different cognacs, all created in different ways by different distillers. It is a shame that so little is understood about cognac by sommeliers and bar managers; let us hope that Nick’s book gets the attention it deserves. It is not a mere guide, it is the standard to which we should all aspire.

‘Cognac’ is available to purchase on our Occasion Gifts page

A Good Year for Cognacs

Hermitage Cognacs prove exceptionally successful

Happy New yearBuilding on our success at past Cognac Masters, Brandyclassics will be extending the Hermitage range to cover even more vintages and ages. Our customers have recognised the true value and quality of Hermitage Pure Vintage Cognacs and our years of experience in the Charente enables us to find exceptional cognacs unavailable to other cognac houses.

We are still looking to build our brand in other countries, providing further help and support in China and Russia where customers have been able to buy a range of cognacs with age statements for the first time.

One of our very finest cognacs, the Hermitage 43 year old Grande Champagne was one of the winners of the coveted Masters Medal. Hermitage really are the finest cognacs in the world.

Hermitage single estate cognacs

Bottles of award winning Hermitage vintage cognacs Hermitage Cognacs are a range of carefully selected single estate vintage cognacs designed for the most discerning of professionals and connoisseurs. Over the years our relationship with the scions of family firms who have produced the finest cognacs from the top regions in France has enabled Brandyclassics to choose and design award winning cognacs. Our long relationships with these old cognac professionals has enabled us to identify closely with our customers’ needs. Age statements and vintages are now recognised by discerning customers as satisfying their individual needs unlike the generic highly blended VS, VSOP and XO cognacs.

The extraordinary quality of Hermitage Pure Vintage Cognacs is matched only by their extraordinary value, a further advantage of working with directly with the Masters of Cognac.

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The finest supplier of single estate vintage brandies in the world

Some of the many fine single estate cognacs for sale online at BrandyClassics For more than thirty years Brandyclassics have been associated with some of the oldest and finest cognac and brandy producers in the world. Our need for these superb spirits is only matched by our customers, who seek single estate brandies of extraordinary quality which have matured in old cellars for hundreds of years.

Our range of pure cognacs is the largest in the country and entirely free of the sugar syrup and caramel additives used by the big blenders. They satisfy the needs of many of the finest hotels and restaurants in the world, where vintage and individuality are synonymous with their success. Only when you experience our nectars from a past era will you recognise the quality of vintage and single estate from Brandyclassics.

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Armagnacs, the fruit of the Gascons

Some of the many fine armagnacs for sale online at BrandyClassics France’s oldest brandy, Armagnac has been produced for more than 700 years. Armagnacs are made from several grape varieties and distilled in the traditional Armagnaçais continuous single still. There are hundreds of small producers, who, unlike cognac, are not dominated by big houses. Vintages and age statements come much easier here and there are a wealth of producers each with fruity and delicious armagnacs.

Our pages are full of the very finest available such as the remarkable 5 year old from Cassagnoles, the wonderful vintages from Chateau de Bordeneuve, Castarede, Darbeau , Montal and our latest range from Clos des Saveurs who, like the famous Delord Armagnacs use the traditional Basquaise green bottle presentations. You’ll be spoilt for choice!

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A unique collection of Pre-phylloxera and Early Vintages

 

A collection of rare prephylloxera cognacs for sale online at BrandyClassics Brandyclassics are closely associated with many old chais and cellars throughout the Charente region and have access to some of the very oldest cognacs known to man. Our stock of really old cognacs is in huge demand and is regularly required in the most luxurious hotels in the world. We never buy or sell these great monarchs of bygone years blind. There are many tests of both provenance and quality which we conduct before selling them.

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