Cognac

For more than three centuries cognac has been recognised as the finest of all spirits distilled from grapes. It is incomparable in its sheer depth and intensity of flavour, its fruitiness, warmth and complexity and both its richness and subtlety of bouquet. Indeed cognac is the king of all brandies and originates from around the sixteenth century when farmers grew grapes for wines which were shipped along the Charente River in France to the port of La Rochelle, where they were bartered for goods brought in by English, Irish and Dutch traders. Often the weak and acidic wines would become rancid and traders learnt to reduce them by boiling them in pot stills. The strong wines were stored in oak casks which enhanced their flavour and gave them colour, they called them Cognac from around the town of that name in the centre of the Charente region.

Today there are around five thousand producers of the noble spirit, most making it for the big houses such as Hennessey Martell, Courvoisier and Remy Martin who blend them for their generic brands. Many of these old cognac families have been distilling their wines for generations developing the knowledge passed down from their forefathers and perfecting the skills of distillation and ageing. Some of the very oldest cognacs may have lived in their barrels or glass demijohns in cellars for hundreds of years and have today become priceless nectars of increasing rarity and value. Hermitage Cognacs are from individual single estate distillers, all of whom have aged their cognacs naturally and without the addition of additives. They are the very quintessence of purity and luxury. They are the king of all cognacs.

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  1. Cognac Chateau Montifaud VSOP Petite Champagne

    Cognac Chateau Montifaud VSOP Petite Champagne

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    Excl. VAT: £35.38 Incl. VAT: £42.46

    A family run estate in Jarnac Champagne. The vines are a mixture of Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche and Colombard and their distillation style creates very fruity flavours. This VSOP has a dried apricot quality.

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  2. Hermitage Chez Richon 2005 Grande Champagne Cognac

    Hermitage Chez Richon 2005 Grande Champagne Cognac

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    Excl. VAT: £36.91 Incl. VAT: £44.29

    Cognac Masters 2015 - Gold Award

    Making cognacs suitable for drinking young is exceptionally difficult without the use of caramel and sugar syrup. The 2005 has succeeded where others have failed. Its style is consistent with others from Chez Richon with some mocha and toffee flavours, a delight for such youthfulness.

    "...packed with nutty detonations and a depth charge of delicious tangerine tang" Olly Smith, Journalist & TV Presenter

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  3. Hermitage Provenance 10 Grande Champagne Cognac

    Hermitage Provenance 10 Grande Champagne Cognac

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    Excl. VAT: £38.28 Incl. VAT: £45.94

    Cognac Masters 2014 - Masters Award

    "Really expressive", "Very Complex" Judges comments

    "Dive into this liquid flame, whose quality will set your very soul alight" Olly Smith, Journalist & TV Presenter

    Displaying many of our Hermitage Provenance characteristics, this cognac has flavours of spice and coffee with pineapple in the background. Aged for a minimum of 10 years, its maturation in oak barrels has added to the complexity of this relatively young cognac.

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  4. Jean Fillioux La Pouyade VSOP 8 Year Old Cognac

    Jean Fillioux La Pouyade VSOP 8 Year Old Cognac

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    Excl. VAT: £40.12 Incl. VAT: £48.14

    This is an extraordinary 8 year old cognac made in the region of Grande Champagne known as Juillac le Coq. The cognac is light and well balanced providing very little of the burn one would expect from such a young Grande Champagne cognac. Named after the family estate, it certainly does it justice.

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  5. Cognac Hermitage 10 y.o. Jarnac-Champagne Grande Champagne

    Cognac Hermitage 10 y.o. Jarnac-Champagne Grande Champagne

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    Excl. VAT: £41.07 Incl. VAT: £49.28

    Cognac Masters 2010 - Silver Award

    Made on a 58 hectare estate in Jarnac-Champagne owned by the Vallet Family for generations. The grapes are mainly Ugni Blanc but unusually it also has some Folle Blanche and Colombard. Aged for 10 years in oak barrels the aroma is predominantly apricots which comes out in the flavour along with vanilla, toffee and a little citrus.

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  6. A.E.Dor 8 y.o. VSOP Cognac

    A.E.Dor 8 y.o. VSOP Cognac

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    Excl. VAT: £42.65 Incl. VAT: £51.18

    Floral tones with a light but charming style. It is a blend of several different cognacs all of the same age. This is a cognac which we have proudly stocked for more than 20 years and was initially blended by the late Odile Riviere.

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  7. Cognac Chateau Montifaud 10 y.o. Grande Champagne

    Cognac Chateau Montifaud 10 y.o. Grande Champagne

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    Excl. VAT: £45.97 Incl. VAT: £55.16

    The firm is in Petite Champagne but they have a small vineyard in Grande Champagne from where this comes. The style is the same for both crus but the aroma and flavour is of fresh apricots.

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  8. Chateau de Beaulon 12 y.o. XO Premier Cognac

    Chateau de Beaulon 12 y.o. XO Premier Cognac

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    Excl. VAT: £48.50 Incl. VAT: £58.20

    The Beaulon 12 y.o. has always surpassed the minimum age requirement for an XO. It is an ideal starter cognac for those learning about brandies and comes with a delicate complexity and wonderful balance.

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  9. Seguinot 10 y.o. VSOP Cognac

    Seguinot 10 y.o. VSOP Cognac

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    Excl. VAT: £49.61 Incl. VAT: £59.54

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    From the small commune near Segonzac called La Nérolle and in the very heart of the top cru. This VSOP cognac is dry with lots of floral tones and made on modern stills. A quality Grande Champagne cognac.

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  10. Cognac Hermitage 1999 Chez Richon Grande Champagne

    Cognac Hermitage 1999 Chez Richon Grande Champagne

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    Excl. VAT: £49.89 Incl. VAT: £59.87

    Cognac Masters 2010 - Gold Award.

    From Chez Richon,  Christophe, a good friend of Brandyclassics, is hugely experienced in dilution and has been known to take 5 years to bring a cognac down from distillation strength. This cognac won a Gold Award at the 2010 Cognac Masters in the Vintage Category and is remarkably similar to the Hermitage 2000 which has now sold out.

    "The daddy of gifts - as complex and satisfying as a Dickens novel." Olly Smith Journalist & TV Presenter

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  11. Cognac Maurice Lascaux Grande Fine Champagne

    Cognac Maurice Lascaux Grande Fine Champagne

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    Excl. VAT: £53.42 Incl. VAT: £64.10

    Out of stock

    The cognacs are blended and this is a 15 year old blend of several from this house. Attractive bottle presentation.

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  12. Cognac Ordonneau 25 y.o. Tres Vielle Reserve Borderies

    Cognac Ordonneau 25 y.o. Tres Vielle Reserve Borderies

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    Excl. VAT: £68.33 Incl. VAT: £82.00

    A good cognac with lots of rich nutty qualities. It is a good example of what can be achieved from the smallest of the crus.

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