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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. Hine 1987 (Early Landed) Grande Champagne Cognac

    The early landed cognacs from Hine have been matured in cellars in the UK. Cognacs aged this way can be affected by the drier conditions which allow the barrels to absorb more cognac. It was landed in 1990 and bottled in 2005.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Soft floral aromas of violets and summer straw.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A dryer cognac with tones of vanilla, citrus fruits and some dry spices.
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    Excl. VAT: £99.53 Incl. VAT: £119.44

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    The early landed cognacs from Hine have been matured in cellars in the UK. Cognacs aged this way can be affected by the drier conditions which allow the barrels to absorb more cognac. It was landed in 1990 and bottled in 2005.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Soft floral aromas of violets and summer straw.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A dryer cognac with tones of vanilla, citrus fruits and some dry spices.
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  2. Hine 1981 Grande Champagne Cognac

    A well known name with links to Hennessy. The last owner was Bernard Hine, one of the Cognac Grandees. Dry and floral with vine cane and straw aroma. The cognac has been aged in UK cellars, landed in 1986 and bottled in 1999.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Soft floral aromas of violets and summer straw.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A dryer cognac with tones of vanilla, citrus fruits and some dry spices.
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    Excl. VAT: £100.09 Incl. VAT: £120.11

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    A well known name with links to Hennessy. The last owner was Bernard Hine, one of the Cognac Grandees. Dry and floral with vine cane and straw aroma. The cognac has been aged in UK cellars, landed in 1986 and bottled in 1999.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Soft floral aromas of violets and summer straw.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A dryer cognac with tones of vanilla, citrus fruits and some dry spices.
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  3. Hine 1952 Grande Champagne Cognac
    Only one bottle remaining

    A marvellous example from the well respected cognac house, Hine. Bottled and sold by Hatch Mansfield & Co, this cognac is one of the 'Early Landed' variety. Hine is the only cognac house to be awarded a Royal Warrant so the 1952 vintage is particularly special. A reserve of this vintage was set aside to commemorate the accession of Queen Elizabeth II. In 1977, some was bottled and presented to the Queen for her Silver Jubilee and the rest ten years later, in 1987. This one was bottled in 1980 and has a volume of 68.2cl.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Slightly flowery and spicy with a nutty background.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fresh and mellow on the palate with a long finish
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    Excl. VAT: £520.80 Incl. VAT: £624.96

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    A marvellous example from the well respected cognac house, Hine. Bottled and sold by Hatch Mansfield & Co, this cognac is one of the 'Early Landed' variety. Hine is the only cognac house to be awarded a Royal Warrant so the 1952 vintage is particularly special. A reserve of this vintage was set aside to commemorate the accession of Queen Elizabeth II. In 1977, some was bottled and presented to the Queen for her Silver Jubilee and the rest ten years later, in 1987. This one was bottled in 1980 and has a volume of 68.2cl.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Slightly flowery and spicy with a nutty background.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fresh and mellow on the palate with a long finish
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