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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. Fontpinot XO Grande Champagne Cognac

    A rare single domaine cognac from the centre of Segonzac with a remarkable story. The house is part of Frapin owned by the Cointreau family. Highly regarded XO cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: More nutty than the Frapin vintages, rich fruits vanilla, oak and tobacco. There is a level of rancio
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This is altogether richer and darker than the Frapin cognacs. It has great depth and balance Roasted walnut and tobacco with vanilla and toffee tones.
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    Excl. VAT: £106.14 Incl. VAT: £127.37

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    A rare single domaine cognac from the centre of Segonzac with a remarkable story. The house is part of Frapin owned by the Cointreau family. Highly regarded XO cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: More nutty than the Frapin vintages, rich fruits vanilla, oak and tobacco. There is a level of rancio
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This is altogether richer and darker than the Frapin cognacs. It has great depth and balance Roasted walnut and tobacco with vanilla and toffee tones.
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  2. Ragnaud Sabourin 1988 Grande Champagne Cognac
    This is a very light and pleasant cognac from a top house. The firm is in a valley close to Ambleville in the central/southern region of Grande Champagne. They have damp cellars allowing the cognacs to mature slowly and as with other cognacs from this house, their presentation is always good.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light floral and delicate citrusy aromas with a hint of honey
    Flavour:
    Flavour: There are some delicate spice flavours but there are many flavours of fig, honey and dried fruit. The balance is good and the cognac is a delight to behold
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    Excl. VAT: £108.52 Incl. VAT: £130.22

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    This is a very light and pleasant cognac from a top house. The firm is in a valley close to Ambleville in the central/southern region of Grande Champagne. They have damp cellars allowing the cognacs to mature slowly and as with other cognacs from this house, their presentation is always good.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light floral and delicate citrusy aromas with a hint of honey
    Flavour:
    Flavour: There are some delicate spice flavours but there are many flavours of fig, honey and dried fruit. The balance is good and the cognac is a delight to behold
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  3. Maison Prioulat 25 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac

    Dark and quite rich. This cognac is produced in a tiny estate near Juillac-le-Coq. There are some chocolate tones and a prevailing sweetness to the cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla, coffee, walnuts and butterscotch
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich and nutty flavour with hints of toffee and butterscotch. It is a deep and intense flavour and ideal for cigar smokers since it reaches the back of mouth.
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    Excl. VAT: £110.32 Incl. VAT: £132.38

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    Dark and quite rich. This cognac is produced in a tiny estate near Juillac-le-Coq. There are some chocolate tones and a prevailing sweetness to the cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla, coffee, walnuts and butterscotch
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich and nutty flavour with hints of toffee and butterscotch. It is a deep and intense flavour and ideal for cigar smokers since it reaches the back of mouth.
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  4. Ragnaud Sabourin No 35 Grande Champagne Cognac

    The family started selling cognacs about 60 years ago and are quite well known as independent sellers. The older cognacs are splendid examples of well aged Grande Champagnes and have rich woody and floral qualities.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light and very refined. A touch of orange on the nose with hints of caramel and spice.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich woody and floral qualities. Sophisticated, with a touch of rancio, a little spice on a caramel finish.
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    Excl. VAT: £118.32 Incl. VAT: £141.98

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    The family started selling cognacs about 60 years ago and are quite well known as independent sellers. The older cognacs are splendid examples of well aged Grande Champagnes and have rich woody and floral qualities.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light and very refined. A touch of orange on the nose with hints of caramel and spice.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich woody and floral qualities. Sophisticated, with a touch of rancio, a little spice on a caramel finish.
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  5. 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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  6. Forgeron 36 Year Old Hors d'Age Cognac

    This is the truest house style that you can get. The flavours are intense and this is unusually accentuated by the higher strength. Pineapple syrup, roasted walnuts, vanilla - the complexity is so complete that it is difficult not to enthuse about this great cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Violet, liquorice, gingerbread, cinnamon, candied orange all wrapped up in sandalwood.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful, elegant, almost spicy finishing with a velvety and delicate rancio.
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    Excl. VAT: £153.78 Incl. VAT: £184.54

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    This is the truest house style that you can get. The flavours are intense and this is unusually accentuated by the higher strength. Pineapple syrup, roasted walnuts, vanilla - the complexity is so complete that it is difficult not to enthuse about this great cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Violet, liquorice, gingerbread, cinnamon, candied orange all wrapped up in sandalwood.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful, elegant, almost spicy finishing with a velvety and delicate rancio.
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  7. Roullet Fransac 1970 Grande Champagne Cognac

    One of the lighter cognacs sold by the infamous George Roullet on the banks of the Charente in Cognac. This particular vintage is one that is traditional in style with tobacco, leather and oak qualities.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Walnut, coffee, cinnamon, mushrooms, toast and vanilla
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Full of very interesting flavours. The cognac is quite powerful and although quite dry, it has a slightly spiced oak and mushroom flavour.
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    Excl. VAT: £159.22 Incl. VAT: £191.06

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    One of the lighter cognacs sold by the infamous George Roullet on the banks of the Charente in Cognac. This particular vintage is one that is traditional in style with tobacco, leather and oak qualities.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Walnut, coffee, cinnamon, mushrooms, toast and vanilla
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Full of very interesting flavours. The cognac is quite powerful and although quite dry, it has a slightly spiced oak and mushroom flavour.
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