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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. Delamain 1969 Grande Champagne Cognac
    Delamain are one of the oldest cognac houses. The firm is a negoçiant and buys its cognacs well matured in oak barrels. The cognacs are often kept in new oak for longer than normal periods resulting in quite powerful woody aromas and taste.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Intense toasted oak aroma with walnuts and tobacco
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful woody, tobacco and leather with spices and walnuts
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    Excl. VAT: £284.39 Incl. VAT: £341.27

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    Delamain are one of the oldest cognac houses. The firm is a negoçiant and buys its cognacs well matured in oak barrels. The cognacs are often kept in new oak for longer than normal periods resulting in quite powerful woody aromas and taste.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Intense toasted oak aroma with walnuts and tobacco
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful woody, tobacco and leather with spices and walnuts
    Learn More
  2. Delamain 1973 Grande Champagne Cognac
    All the Delamain Vintage Cognacs are aged for more than 30 years in one of their best cellars and only a limited quantity is released annually.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Underwood aromas, dry grapes, grilled almonds, rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Long, fruity and elegant
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    Excl. VAT: £236.50 Incl. VAT: £283.80

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    •  Express delivery available
    •  International Shipping
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    All the Delamain Vintage Cognacs are aged for more than 30 years in one of their best cellars and only a limited quantity is released annually.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Underwood aromas, dry grapes, grilled almonds, rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Long, fruity and elegant
    Learn More

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