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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. Cognac Chateau Montifaud VSOP Petite Champagne

    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.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A dominance of dried apricot and peaches.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Some nutty flavours. The dried peach comes out quite distinctly with vanilla and toffee
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    Excl. VAT: £35.38 Incl. VAT: £42.46

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    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.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A dominance of dried apricot and peaches.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Some nutty flavours. The dried peach comes out quite distinctly with vanilla and toffee
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  2. Bertrand 20 Year Old Napoleon Petite Champagne Cognac

    Beverage Tasting Institute Chicago 2014 - Gold Medal

    This cognac is highly regarded and one of our favourites. It has flavours of hazelnut, cocoa and nutmeg and comes in a new presentation.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Round with fruit and spice on the nose.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Hazelnut, cocoa and nutmeg.
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    Excl. VAT: £93.96 Incl. VAT: £112.75

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    Beverage Tasting Institute Chicago 2014 - Gold Medal

    This cognac is highly regarded and one of our favourites. It has flavours of hazelnut, cocoa and nutmeg and comes in a new presentation.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Round with fruit and spice on the nose.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Hazelnut, cocoa and nutmeg.
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  3. Bertrand 35 Year Old Special Edition XO Cognac

    A Limited Edition of this highly popular 35 Year Old Single Estate Cognac with flavours of candied fruit, walnut and cacao. One of the best producers located in the Petite Champagne cru, Bertrand has only produced 1200 of this presentation. The stunning carafe and presentation box will make an extra special gift.

    Gold Medal: Beverage Testing Institue 2014, Concours General Agricole de Paris 2012.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Cedar wood, dried fruit and vanilla.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Candied fruit, walnut and cacao.
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    Excl. VAT: £135.15 Incl. VAT: £162.18

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    A Limited Edition of this highly popular 35 Year Old Single Estate Cognac with flavours of candied fruit, walnut and cacao. One of the best producers located in the Petite Champagne cru, Bertrand has only produced 1200 of this presentation. The stunning carafe and presentation box will make an extra special gift.

    Gold Medal: Beverage Testing Institue 2014, Concours General Agricole de Paris 2012.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Cedar wood, dried fruit and vanilla.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Candied fruit, walnut and cacao.
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  4. La Fine Goule Vintage 1972 Cognac

    Only a few bottles of this left. Some of our single estate cognacs have interesting and unusual qualities.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Herbal aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dry with herbal flavours.
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    Excl. VAT: £140.63 Incl. VAT: £168.76

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    Only a few bottles of this left. Some of our single estate cognacs have interesting and unusual qualities.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Herbal aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dry with herbal flavours.
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  5. Chateau Montifaud 1978 (Carafe) Cognac

    A vintage version of the VSOP but with more than 30 years maturing providing an enhanced richness and depth. This is a delicious cognac with beautiful soft tones and aromas.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dried apricot and peaches, although less pronounced than younger cognacs
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Some nutty flavours. The dried peach comes out with vanilla and sandalwood. This is much more complex than others and has some delightful qualities.
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    Excl. VAT: £149.75 Incl. VAT: £179.70

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    A vintage version of the VSOP but with more than 30 years maturing providing an enhanced richness and depth. This is a delicious cognac with beautiful soft tones and aromas.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dried apricot and peaches, although less pronounced than younger cognacs
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Some nutty flavours. The dried peach comes out with vanilla and sandalwood. This is much more complex than others and has some delightful qualities.
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  6. Chateau Montifaud Héritage Louis Vallet 50 Year Old Cognac

    This is a blended cognac which is from some of their oldest stock; eaux de vie that was distilled between 1956 and 1963. Dried apricots and walnuts are on the nose and palate.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is an intense richness of this delightful cognac with aromas of dried apricots and almonds.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The rich flavour of apricots is enhanced by a gentle rancio which leaves a long smooth flavour on the palate.
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    Excl. VAT: £149.98 Incl. VAT: £179.98

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    This is a blended cognac which is from some of their oldest stock; eaux de vie that was distilled between 1956 and 1963. Dried apricots and walnuts are on the nose and palate.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is an intense richness of this delightful cognac with aromas of dried apricots and almonds.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The rich flavour of apricots is enhanced by a gentle rancio which leaves a long smooth flavour on the palate.
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  7. Cognac Grosperrin 1973 Petite Champagne
    The cellars, La Gabare hold a wealth of some very special cognacs. The 1973 is a fine example of some of their vintage stock
    Aroma:
    Aroma: There are some quite rich and nutty aromas with dried fruits such as apricots and prunes
    Flavour:
    Flavour: There is some nutty richness with a background of dried fruits
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    Excl. VAT: £178.16 Incl. VAT: £213.79

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    The cellars, La Gabare hold a wealth of some very special cognacs. The 1973 is a fine example of some of their vintage stock
    Aroma:
    Aroma: There are some quite rich and nutty aromas with dried fruits such as apricots and prunes
    Flavour:
    Flavour: There is some nutty richness with a background of dried fruits
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  8. Hermitage Réaux 50 y.o. Vintage Cognac

    Cognac Masters 2013 - Master Award

    A magical fifty year old cognac that has matured in old casks in dark cellars for half a century. No wonder this is so good, it just oozes charm and is one of those bottles that is hard to put the cork back into. Lovely mocha and chocolatey flavours.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This has a superb aroma of rich toffee molasses, bitter chocolate, cardamom, sweet spices and ripe cherries
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Quite characteristic of the distiller’s style with a rich flavour of chocolate and natural toffee. There is also a pleasing taste of mature Muscat grapes which is present on the front of the mouth. This cognac is soft and completely non- aggressive providing very moreish qualities
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    Excl. VAT: £362.62 Incl. VAT: £435.14

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    Cognac Masters 2013 - Master Award

    A magical fifty year old cognac that has matured in old casks in dark cellars for half a century. No wonder this is so good, it just oozes charm and is one of those bottles that is hard to put the cork back into. Lovely mocha and chocolatey flavours.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This has a superb aroma of rich toffee molasses, bitter chocolate, cardamom, sweet spices and ripe cherries
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Quite characteristic of the distiller’s style with a rich flavour of chocolate and natural toffee. There is also a pleasing taste of mature Muscat grapes which is present on the front of the mouth. This cognac is soft and completely non- aggressive providing very moreish qualities
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  9. Hermitage Réaux 65 y.o. Vintage Cognac
    Only one bottle remaining

    We have been preparing this over a period of several years. The cognac comes from Reaux in Petite Champagne. The cognac is light in colour for its age and has many rich qualities. This is a real winner with us, beautiful smooth round qualities.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Toffee and vanilla with hints of almond and brown sugar
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Toffee, vanilla and quite rich flavours of mocha. This is a truly delicious cognac
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    Excl. VAT: £532.19 Incl. VAT: £638.63

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    We have been preparing this over a period of several years. The cognac comes from Reaux in Petite Champagne. The cognac is light in colour for its age and has many rich qualities. This is a real winner with us, beautiful smooth round qualities.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Toffee and vanilla with hints of almond and brown sugar
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Toffee, vanilla and quite rich flavours of mocha. This is a truly delicious cognac
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