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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. Raymond Ragnaud 1906 Grande Champagne Cognac (Crystal Decanter)

    This house is situated in the heart of Grande Champagne in the tiny village of Ambleville. The 1906 is one of the finest offerings of skilled and mellow blending.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Truffles, biscuits and coconut , a little hint of nectarine
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Quite a big attack of alcohol but flavours develop to sandalwood and walnut, there are also some yeasty and clove hints. There is a long tail with a rich rancio madeira style. The balance is good but very assertive and crisp. It is both powerful and firm
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    Excl. VAT: £1,104.71 Incl. VAT: £1,325.65

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    This house is situated in the heart of Grande Champagne in the tiny village of Ambleville. The 1906 is one of the finest offerings of skilled and mellow blending.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Truffles, biscuits and coconut , a little hint of nectarine
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Quite a big attack of alcohol but flavours develop to sandalwood and walnut, there are also some yeasty and clove hints. There is a long tail with a rich rancio madeira style. The balance is good but very assertive and crisp. It is both powerful and firm
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  2. Raymond Ragnaud Tres Vielle Grande Champagne Cognac

    The long ageing in traditional Limousin barrels demonstrates just how good these cognacs can be with their dry rancio qualities. The house dates nearly two hundred years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dry, floral, citrus and amazingly clean aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The spicy and nut flavours progress to a citrus peel and long finish.
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    Excl. VAT: £409.86 Incl. VAT: £491.83

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    The long ageing in traditional Limousin barrels demonstrates just how good these cognacs can be with their dry rancio qualities. The house dates nearly two hundred years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dry, floral, citrus and amazingly clean aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The spicy and nut flavours progress to a citrus peel and long finish.
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  3. Raymond Ragnaud 35 Year Old Hors d'Age Grande Champagne Cognac

    The house style is very much the traditional style for the cru but the mellowness of the younger cognacs with their citrus and dry nutty aromas. These are connoisseurs cognacs of great style and balance.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla with some citrus peel notes. There is also some hazel nut, brioche and floral aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Delicate in taste, the flavour is reminiscent of exotic fruits, vanilla and hazel nuts. It has a good length and balance
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    Excl. VAT: £126.00 Incl. VAT: £151.20

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    The house style is very much the traditional style for the cru but the mellowness of the younger cognacs with their citrus and dry nutty aromas. These are connoisseurs cognacs of great style and balance.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla with some citrus peel notes. There is also some hazel nut, brioche and floral aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Delicate in taste, the flavour is reminiscent of exotic fruits, vanilla and hazel nuts. It has a good length and balance
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  4. Raymond Ragnaud 1990 Grande Champagne Cognac

    A glorious example of how good young cognacs can be from this house. It is still in wood and has a dry and citrus long finish. If you like this style, buy it now, it is surprisingly good value.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fresh straw and dried tangerine peel. Delicate with a hint of nuts.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Soft and mellow with subtle orange notes, light toffee and a gentle spice on the finish. It has a medium length with great balance.
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    Excl. VAT: £99.25 Incl. VAT: £119.10

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    A glorious example of how good young cognacs can be from this house. It is still in wood and has a dry and citrus long finish. If you like this style, buy it now, it is surprisingly good value.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fresh straw and dried tangerine peel. Delicate with a hint of nuts.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Soft and mellow with subtle orange notes, light toffee and a gentle spice on the finish. It has a medium length with great balance.
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  5. Raymond Ragnaud Vieille Réserve Grande Champagne Cognac in Presentation Box with two Engraved Glasses

    A beautiful presentation box with two engraved glasses from Raymond Ragnaud. This Vieille Réserve is liquid gold, with tints of bronze, and has been aged for 15 years in the barrel. It is a complex cognac, with magnificent balance, exhibiting the major characteristics of cognac from the top cru, the Grande Champagne.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Easy nose, contemplative, calm, dried fruit, cinnamon and developing floral aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Delicate spicy taste with many fruits and a dominant grape flavour.
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    Excl. VAT: £89.96 Incl. VAT: £107.95

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    A beautiful presentation box with two engraved glasses from Raymond Ragnaud. This Vieille Réserve is liquid gold, with tints of bronze, and has been aged for 15 years in the barrel. It is a complex cognac, with magnificent balance, exhibiting the major characteristics of cognac from the top cru, the Grande Champagne.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Easy nose, contemplative, calm, dried fruit, cinnamon and developing floral aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Delicate spicy taste with many fruits and a dominant grape flavour.
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