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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. Hermitage Provenance 10 Grande Champagne Cognac

    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.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This cognac has an aroma of mocha with roasted nut, some spice and just a hint of pineapple.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: There are flavours of spice and coffee with pineapple in the background. Flavours which have become more complex as the cognac has matured.
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    Excl. VAT: £40.19 Incl. VAT: £48.23

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    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.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This cognac has an aroma of mocha with roasted nut, some spice and just a hint of pineapple.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: There are flavours of spice and coffee with pineapple in the background. Flavours which have become more complex as the cognac has matured.
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  2. Hermitage Chez Richon 2005 Grande Champagne Cognac

    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

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Chocolatey mocha with walnuts and some vanilla followed by tangerine peel.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Initial mocha on the palate leads to toffee, hazelnut and spices such as mace with a tangerine peel finish. A true masterpiece at this age.
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    Excl. VAT: £41.65 Incl. VAT: £49.98

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    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

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Chocolatey mocha with walnuts and some vanilla followed by tangerine peel.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Initial mocha on the palate leads to toffee, hazelnut and spices such as mace with a tangerine peel finish. A true masterpiece at this age.
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  3. Cognac Hermitage 10 y.o. Jarnac-Champagne Grande Champagne

    Cognac Masters 2010 - Silver Award

    Made on a 123 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.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A dominance of dried apricot and peaches
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Some nutty flavours, a little citrus. The dried peach comes out quite distinctly with vanilla and toffee
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    Excl. VAT: £43.12 Incl. VAT: £51.74

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    Cognac Masters 2010 - Silver Award

    Made on a 123 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.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A dominance of dried apricot and peaches
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Some nutty flavours, a little citrus. The dried peach comes out quite distinctly with vanilla and toffee
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  4. Cognac Hermitage 1999 Chez Richon Grande Champagne

    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

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There are mocha and roasted walnut aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The mocha and roasted walnut is evident to all who taste this masters gold medal cognac
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    Excl. VAT: £54.99 Incl. VAT: £65.99

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    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

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There are mocha and roasted walnut aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The mocha and roasted walnut is evident to all who taste this masters gold medal cognac
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  5. Hermitage Cognac Café 20
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    A rich, robust dark cognac with hints of mocha, coffee and roasted walnuts. Aged for more than 20 years in oak casks, Hermitage Café 20 is at its best late morning when the taste buds are at their most receptive. During the 18th and 19th centuries in London and other capitals of Europe, cognac was often enjoyed with dark coffees, sweetmeats or pastries. Today Hermitage Café 20 is for those who, like their ancestors, enjoy the excitement and joy of the 20th century café culture.

    "This is as good as it gets and is mind-blowing with after-dinner coffee." Olly Smith, TV Presenter & Journalist

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is a rich coffee and mocha aroma with hints of roasted walnuts and Demerara sugar.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intensely rich mocha and coffee flavours combined with brittle toffee and some citrus finishing notes ensure that this cognac will provide lasting pleasure .
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    Regular Price: £104.42

    Special Price Excl. VAT: £78.32 Incl. VAT: £93.98

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    A rich, robust dark cognac with hints of mocha, coffee and roasted walnuts. Aged for more than 20 years in oak casks, Hermitage Café 20 is at its best late morning when the taste buds are at their most receptive. During the 18th and 19th centuries in London and other capitals of Europe, cognac was often enjoyed with dark coffees, sweetmeats or pastries. Today Hermitage Café 20 is for those who, like their ancestors, enjoy the excitement and joy of the 20th century café culture.

    "This is as good as it gets and is mind-blowing with after-dinner coffee." Olly Smith, TV Presenter & Journalist

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is a rich coffee and mocha aroma with hints of roasted walnuts and Demerara sugar.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intensely rich mocha and coffee flavours combined with brittle toffee and some citrus finishing notes ensure that this cognac will provide lasting pleasure .
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  6. Hermitage Chez Richon 20 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac

    Produced on a small estate in the Grande Champagne and aged for over 20 years, this deep, golden cognac has a wonderful aroma of toffee with roasted nut, some spices and just a hint of pineapple.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This deep, golden cognac has a wonderful aroma of toffee with roasted nut, some spices and just a hint of pineapple.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fine cognacs become more complex as they mature. There are flavours of spice and coffee with pineapple in the background.
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    Produced on a small estate in the Grande Champagne and aged for over 20 years, this deep, golden cognac has a wonderful aroma of toffee with roasted nut, some spices and just a hint of pineapple.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This deep, golden cognac has a wonderful aroma of toffee with roasted nut, some spices and just a hint of pineapple.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fine cognacs become more complex as they mature. There are flavours of spice and coffee with pineapple in the background.
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  7. Hermitage 2008 Grande Champagne Cognac

    A very, very special and extraordinary find. This 2008 Cognac is just 10 years old, single-barrel, single-estate and very expensive, but it is one in a million. Smooth and perfectly balanced, it's rich, spicy and full of intrigue. There are less than 200 bottles available so it won't last - it is too good to last. Don't do anything other than just drink it, you will never find another cognac like this even at double the price.

    "For anyone looking for a very fine and special gift  .... The smallest glass is a sublime treat."  Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dates and baked apples with spices and nutty aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dates, cinnamon, toffee and pistachio as well as more exotic tones of rambutan, mango and passion fruit with some sweet orange in the tail.
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    Excl. VAT: £91.08 Incl. VAT: £109.30

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    A very, very special and extraordinary find. This 2008 Cognac is just 10 years old, single-barrel, single-estate and very expensive, but it is one in a million. Smooth and perfectly balanced, it's rich, spicy and full of intrigue. There are less than 200 bottles available so it won't last - it is too good to last. Don't do anything other than just drink it, you will never find another cognac like this even at double the price.

    "For anyone looking for a very fine and special gift  .... The smallest glass is a sublime treat."  Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dates and baked apples with spices and nutty aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dates, cinnamon, toffee and pistachio as well as more exotic tones of rambutan, mango and passion fruit with some sweet orange in the tail.
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  8.  Hermitage Segonzac 25 y.o. Grande Champagne Cognac

    Cognac Masters 2011 - Masters Award

    IWSC 2013 - Gold Award

    This Grande Champagne cognac is produced by a firm in the centre of cognac who produce from three vineyards in the very best parts of the cru. It is a particularly complex 25 y.o. that has benefited from expert ageing in Limousin oak barrels. A multitude of aromas and flavours which develop in the glass , but only if you can manage to keep it in there long enough.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Initially there is a deep smell of kumquats and dried mandarin skins, but this is a wonderfully complex cognac with a multitude of aromas. The nose develops to nutmeg, roasted almonds, vanilla, coffee and melon and if you can resist drinking it you will be rewarded with many more delicious rich smells as it matures in the glass
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The overall complexity of the flavours is retained from start to finish, with a slightly spicy addition appearing after the initial citrus flavour has developed on the palate. This is then followed by a development into dried almond and a hint of marrow. A superior Grande Champagne, complex and well balanced
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    Cognac Masters 2011 - Masters Award

    IWSC 2013 - Gold Award

    This Grande Champagne cognac is produced by a firm in the centre of cognac who produce from three vineyards in the very best parts of the cru. It is a particularly complex 25 y.o. that has benefited from expert ageing in Limousin oak barrels. A multitude of aromas and flavours which develop in the glass , but only if you can manage to keep it in there long enough.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Initially there is a deep smell of kumquats and dried mandarin skins, but this is a wonderfully complex cognac with a multitude of aromas. The nose develops to nutmeg, roasted almonds, vanilla, coffee and melon and if you can resist drinking it you will be rewarded with many more delicious rich smells as it matures in the glass
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The overall complexity of the flavours is retained from start to finish, with a slightly spicy addition appearing after the initial citrus flavour has developed on the palate. This is then followed by a development into dried almond and a hint of marrow. A superior Grande Champagne, complex and well balanced
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  9. Cognac Hermitage 1993 Ambleville Grande Champagne

    Made by a highly respected old family in Ambleville near Segonzac in Grande Champagne who make very tradtional cognacs.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is an immediate sensation of freshness and balance. Mandarin, white pepper, pineapple, ginger, a variety of dynamic aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: On the palate, lots of yellow fruit, melon, pear. Followed by fresh peppermint and eucalyptus . It has an aromatic complexity impressive for its age
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    Excl. VAT: £95.00 Incl. VAT: £114.00

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    Made by a highly respected old family in Ambleville near Segonzac in Grande Champagne who make very tradtional cognacs.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is an immediate sensation of freshness and balance. Mandarin, white pepper, pineapple, ginger, a variety of dynamic aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: On the palate, lots of yellow fruit, melon, pear. Followed by fresh peppermint and eucalyptus . It has an aromatic complexity impressive for its age
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  10. Cognac Hermitage 1991 Ambleville Grande Champagne

    Pale and delicate in colour and taste. It is made by a highly respected old family in Ambleville near Segonzac in Grande Champagne.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Rosemary, dried citrus peel and hazelnuts
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Delicate in taste, the flavour is reminiscent of pears and mace with a dried grapefruit and oak finish. It has a medium length with great balance
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    Pale and delicate in colour and taste. It is made by a highly respected old family in Ambleville near Segonzac in Grande Champagne.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Rosemary, dried citrus peel and hazelnuts
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Delicate in taste, the flavour is reminiscent of pears and mace with a dried grapefruit and oak finish. It has a medium length with great balance
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  11. Cognac Hermitage 1990 Ambleville Grande Champagne

    Pale and delicate in colour and taste. It is made by a highly respected old family in Ambleville near Segonzac in Grande Champagne. The aroma of fresh straw and citrus peel is complemented by a flavour of agave, aloe (gripe water) and almonds.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fresh straw and dried tangerine peel. There is also some hazel nut, brioche and floral aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Delicate in taste, the flavour is reminiscent of agave, aloe (gripe water) and almonds. It has a medium length with great balance
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    Pale and delicate in colour and taste. It is made by a highly respected old family in Ambleville near Segonzac in Grande Champagne. The aroma of fresh straw and citrus peel is complemented by a flavour of agave, aloe (gripe water) and almonds.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fresh straw and dried tangerine peel. There is also some hazel nut, brioche and floral aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Delicate in taste, the flavour is reminiscent of agave, aloe (gripe water) and almonds. It has a medium length with great balance
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  12. Cognac Hermitage 1989 Chez Richon Grande Champagne

    This cognac was produced on a small still on this highly regarded estate that grows not just Ugni Blanc but also Folle Blanche grapes. It has a youthful aroma displaying pineapple and grapefruit aromas and drier citrus and herb flavours which are enhanced by the slightly higher strength of this cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Roasted walnuts and some pineapple, a little pepper with oak and spices
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This is still a young cognac and there is a developing pineapple, walnut, spice, banana and medlar fruits complexity on the palate. Good balance and very long on the palate. This is at an ideal strength for the cognac.
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    This cognac was produced on a small still on this highly regarded estate that grows not just Ugni Blanc but also Folle Blanche grapes. It has a youthful aroma displaying pineapple and grapefruit aromas and drier citrus and herb flavours which are enhanced by the slightly higher strength of this cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Roasted walnuts and some pineapple, a little pepper with oak and spices
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This is still a young cognac and there is a developing pineapple, walnut, spice, banana and medlar fruits complexity on the palate. Good balance and very long on the palate. This is at an ideal strength for the cognac.
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