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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. Paul Beau - La lignée de Samuel Grande Champagne Cognac

    This is the oldest cognac ever released by Maison Beau. It is a blend of vintage cognacs from the 1930s and 1950s which have been aged in oak barrels for more than 60 years. A wonderfully complex cognac with a well developed rancio and notes of hazelnuts, dried figs, almonds, and prunes amongst others. A real treat from this highly regarded cognac house.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Tobacco, worn leather and Brazil nuts
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Hazelnuts, dried figs, almonds, and prunes with a finish accented by touches of fresh dates, oak, honey and peach.
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    Excl. VAT: £527.14 Incl. VAT: £632.57

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    This is the oldest cognac ever released by Maison Beau. It is a blend of vintage cognacs from the 1930s and 1950s which have been aged in oak barrels for more than 60 years. A wonderfully complex cognac with a well developed rancio and notes of hazelnuts, dried figs, almonds, and prunes amongst others. A real treat from this highly regarded cognac house.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Tobacco, worn leather and Brazil nuts
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Hazelnuts, dried figs, almonds, and prunes with a finish accented by touches of fresh dates, oak, honey and peach.
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  2. Hermitage Diamond Jubilee 60 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac

    The Diamond Jubilee really had to be something very special and this remarkable 60 year old meets every criteria of fine cognac. This was made by one of France’s finest distillers and kept in the family for more than 60 years developing the qualities much sought after by experts and connoisseurs alike. The availability of this cognac is strictly limited.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This is an absolutely magical aroma which becomes apparent after it has stood for a while. There are aromas of plums, nutmeg, cloves, medlars, kumquats, dried papaya, almonds and a host of other wonderful smells
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The taste is even more magical than the aroma. There is a tangy richness to this masterpiece of cognacs and a taste complexity of many flavours including roasted nuts citrus peel, tobacco, nutmeg limes and kumquats. Coupled to all that there is a rancio which somehow enhances all the flavours, marrying them together in a totally balanced harmony and long aftertaste. This is a masterpiece and worthy of a Queen.
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    Excl. VAT: £530.65 Incl. VAT: £636.78

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    The Diamond Jubilee really had to be something very special and this remarkable 60 year old meets every criteria of fine cognac. This was made by one of France’s finest distillers and kept in the family for more than 60 years developing the qualities much sought after by experts and connoisseurs alike. The availability of this cognac is strictly limited.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This is an absolutely magical aroma which becomes apparent after it has stood for a while. There are aromas of plums, nutmeg, cloves, medlars, kumquats, dried papaya, almonds and a host of other wonderful smells
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The taste is even more magical than the aroma. There is a tangy richness to this masterpiece of cognacs and a taste complexity of many flavours including roasted nuts citrus peel, tobacco, nutmeg limes and kumquats. Coupled to all that there is a rancio which somehow enhances all the flavours, marrying them together in a totally balanced harmony and long aftertaste. This is a masterpiece and worthy of a Queen.
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  3. Henri de Lotherie 1948 Grande Champagne Cognac
    Only one bottle remaining
    Produced in the heart of the top cru, Grande Champagne, this wonderful vintage cognac has been aged in oak barrels in the Lotherie cellars for 40 years.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light and floral.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Cognacs form Juillac le Coq often exhibit flavours of pear and mangosteen.
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    Excl. VAT: £545.00 Incl. VAT: £654.00

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    Produced in the heart of the top cru, Grande Champagne, this wonderful vintage cognac has been aged in oak barrels in the Lotherie cellars for 40 years.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light and floral.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Cognacs form Juillac le Coq often exhibit flavours of pear and mangosteen.
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  4. Grosperrin No 22 Grande Champagne Cognac
    This cognac is known to be made in 1922 but due to some lost papers can only be called No 22
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Really superb fruity aromas and good rancio qualities
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Wonderful. It has lovely fruity flavours of ripe apple, peaches, pineapple and herbs combined with a lovely rancio richness
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    This cognac is known to be made in 1922 but due to some lost papers can only be called No 22
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Really superb fruity aromas and good rancio qualities
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Wonderful. It has lovely fruity flavours of ripe apple, peaches, pineapple and herbs combined with a lovely rancio richness
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  5. Hine 1952 Grande Champagne Cognac
    Only one bottle remaining

    A marvellous example from this well respected cognac house. 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. This bottle of vintage cognac is superior to those known as 'Early Landed' (where the cognac was aged in England), as it was aged in Jarnac where the conditions for ageing are far preferable to those in England. The bottle comes in a burgundy, silk-lined presentation box which is very slightly damaged in one corner.

    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: £579.16 Incl. VAT: £694.99

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    A marvellous example from this well respected cognac house. 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. This bottle of vintage cognac is superior to those known as 'Early Landed' (where the cognac was aged in England), as it was aged in Jarnac where the conditions for ageing are far preferable to those in England. The bottle comes in a burgundy, silk-lined presentation box which is very slightly damaged in one corner.

    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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  6. N. Barriasson & Co 1922 Cognac
    Only one bottle remaining

    Barriasson were 'negociants', buying in their 'eau de vie' to age and sell on at a later date. Their vintages were known to be of high quality and are still in demand today. This 1922 vintage comes from Grande Champagne and will have been aged for decades before bottling.

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    Barriasson were 'negociants', buying in their 'eau de vie' to age and sell on at a later date. Their vintages were known to be of high quality and are still in demand today. This 1922 vintage comes from Grande Champagne and will have been aged for decades before bottling.

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  7. Hermitage 1950 Grande Champagne Cognac

    IWSC 2019 - Gold Outstanding Award

    "Classically good old Cognac. Rancio to the fore, with a quite wonderful palate." Judges' comments

    This cognac is quite light in colour for one that has aged for more than 50 years. The wide range of flavours include allspice, white truffle, plum crumble and the peel of blood oranges. Exceptionally fine and well balanced, this cognac is a real joy to taste.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Powerful but rich aromas of bay leaves, cumin, ginger, nutmeg and sultanas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Ginger, allspice, and cloves. Also bay leaves, white truffle and plum crumble with a blood orange peel, long, rancio finish.
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    IWSC 2019 - Gold Outstanding Award

    "Classically good old Cognac. Rancio to the fore, with a quite wonderful palate." Judges' comments

    This cognac is quite light in colour for one that has aged for more than 50 years. The wide range of flavours include allspice, white truffle, plum crumble and the peel of blood oranges. Exceptionally fine and well balanced, this cognac is a real joy to taste.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Powerful but rich aromas of bay leaves, cumin, ginger, nutmeg and sultanas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Ginger, allspice, and cloves. Also bay leaves, white truffle and plum crumble with a blood orange peel, long, rancio finish.
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  8. Hermitage 1948 Grande Champagne Cognac

    IWSC 2018 - Gold Outstanding Award

    "On the palate this cognac is extremely rich and concentrated. Perfectly balanced." Judges' comments

    This cognac has been in wood for more than half a century. It is remarkable, rich and complex and has developed a wonderful rich rancio lasting on the palate for a very long time.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fern leaves, violets, allspice and vanilla.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Pineapple syrup, plum, baked apple, shortbread and sweet spices.
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    IWSC 2018 - Gold Outstanding Award

    "On the palate this cognac is extremely rich and concentrated. Perfectly balanced." Judges' comments

    This cognac has been in wood for more than half a century. It is remarkable, rich and complex and has developed a wonderful rich rancio lasting on the palate for a very long time.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fern leaves, violets, allspice and vanilla.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Pineapple syrup, plum, baked apple, shortbread and sweet spices.
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  9. Hermitage 1947 Grande Champagne Cognac

    Distilled 70 years ago, 1947 cognac is proving to be a rare vintage. Aged for many years in barrels, this Hermitage 1947 Cognac has developed a good rancio. With flavours of sweet spices, ripe medlars, muscat grapes, ripe plums and cocoa, this superbly balanced cognac won't be around for long.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: An intensely rich aroma of fallen medlars, cloves, cinnamon, muscat, lime, cocoa, truffle and plum.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Sweet spices, ripe medlars, muscat grapes, ripe plums and cocoa with hints of pineapple and lime towards the end. Rich and long lasting raisin finish with good rancio and superb balance.
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    Distilled 70 years ago, 1947 cognac is proving to be a rare vintage. Aged for many years in barrels, this Hermitage 1947 Cognac has developed a good rancio. With flavours of sweet spices, ripe medlars, muscat grapes, ripe plums and cocoa, this superbly balanced cognac won't be around for long.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: An intensely rich aroma of fallen medlars, cloves, cinnamon, muscat, lime, cocoa, truffle and plum.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Sweet spices, ripe medlars, muscat grapes, ripe plums and cocoa with hints of pineapple and lime towards the end. Rich and long lasting raisin finish with good rancio and superb balance.
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  10. Exshaw 1935 Grande Champagne Cognac
    Only one bottle remaining

    A famous name in the 1950s which ranked alongside Hine and Delamain. Exshaw cognac has always been highly rated in Great Britain and this vintage is one of the finest of them all. Sadly the firm was taken over by Otard in 1975.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light and floral
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense rancio with light fruit flavours
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    A famous name in the 1950s which ranked alongside Hine and Delamain. Exshaw cognac has always been highly rated in Great Britain and this vintage is one of the finest of them all. Sadly the firm was taken over by Otard in 1975.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light and floral
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense rancio with light fruit flavours
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  11. Hermitage 1945 Grande Champagne Cognac

    IWSC 2019 - Gold Award

    "The real personification of just how good and elegant old Cognac can be." Judges' comments

    Aged in barrels for more than 50 years, the Hermitage 1945 has developed good colour and flavours. It is beautifully balanced with flavours of lychee, passion fruit, rosemary, cocoa and a long grapefruit tail. Undeniably a fine cognac from the heart of Grande Champagne, the top cru of Cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Delicate aroma of pork crackle which continues on to cumin, green walnuts and fennel.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Lychee, passion fruit, rosemary, cocoa and a long grapefruit tail.
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    IWSC 2019 - Gold Award

    "The real personification of just how good and elegant old Cognac can be." Judges' comments

    Aged in barrels for more than 50 years, the Hermitage 1945 has developed good colour and flavours. It is beautifully balanced with flavours of lychee, passion fruit, rosemary, cocoa and a long grapefruit tail. Undeniably a fine cognac from the heart of Grande Champagne, the top cru of Cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Delicate aroma of pork crackle which continues on to cumin, green walnuts and fennel.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Lychee, passion fruit, rosemary, cocoa and a long grapefruit tail.
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  12. Croizet 1914 Grande Champagne Cognac

    Produced from Croizet's predominantly Grande Champagne vineyards, the 1914 was one of their most highly acclaimed vintages. It is thought that only one barrel was produced so it is in extremely limited supply.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Croizet were highly regarded at the turn of the century and the 1914 has aged for many years in their cellars. There are wonderful aromas of dried walnuts and tobacco with hints of orange peel and rich madeira rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This is a cognac to be savoured. There is a powerful richness that combines with the roasted nut and toast flavours and develops into a citric grapefruit peel finish on the palate.
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    Excl. VAT: £727.65 Incl. VAT: £873.18

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    Produced from Croizet's predominantly Grande Champagne vineyards, the 1914 was one of their most highly acclaimed vintages. It is thought that only one barrel was produced so it is in extremely limited supply.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Croizet were highly regarded at the turn of the century and the 1914 has aged for many years in their cellars. There are wonderful aromas of dried walnuts and tobacco with hints of orange peel and rich madeira rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This is a cognac to be savoured. There is a powerful richness that combines with the roasted nut and toast flavours and develops into a citric grapefruit peel finish on the palate.
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