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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 1928 Grande Champagne Cognac
    Only one bottle remaining

    There is an area of Grande Champagne, South East of Cognac where some of the finest cognacs are made. The small village of Juillac le Coq grows some of the nicest vines in the region and it is from here that the Hermitage 1928 Cognac comes. The flavour is clean with a light nut straw and citrus aroma. The rancio is one of a dry straw but rich quality. This is a cognac not to be missed.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light nut straw and citrus
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Clean with a rancio of dry straw but rich quality.
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    Excl. VAT: £801.54 Incl. VAT: £961.85

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    There is an area of Grande Champagne, South East of Cognac where some of the finest cognacs are made. The small village of Juillac le Coq grows some of the nicest vines in the region and it is from here that the Hermitage 1928 Cognac comes. The flavour is clean with a light nut straw and citrus aroma. The rancio is one of a dry straw but rich quality. This is a cognac not to be missed.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light nut straw and citrus
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Clean with a rancio of dry straw but rich quality.
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  2. Hermitage 1923 Grande Champagne Cognac

    This is a particularly fine example of a 1920s cognac which comes from the southern part of the Grande Champagne cru around Lignières. Cognacs of this quality take many decades to reach perfection and this is a fine example. Utterly delicious with flavours of passion fruit, damsons macadamia nuts and dried mandarin peel. It has a fine and intense rancio, the result of more than 60 years in an oak barrel.

    "This has a gorgeous flavour, somewhere between a sultana and a sun-dried apricot with the spirit framing the layers with impeccable integration."  Olly Smith, Wines & Spirits Expert

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Sloe, damson skin and rancio characteristics
    Flavour:
    Flavour: passion fruit, damsons, macademia nuts and dried mandarin peel with a rich rancio of pineapple syrup, madeira and green peppers.
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    Excl. VAT: £803.43 Incl. VAT: £964.12

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    This is a particularly fine example of a 1920s cognac which comes from the southern part of the Grande Champagne cru around Lignières. Cognacs of this quality take many decades to reach perfection and this is a fine example. Utterly delicious with flavours of passion fruit, damsons macadamia nuts and dried mandarin peel. It has a fine and intense rancio, the result of more than 60 years in an oak barrel.

    "This has a gorgeous flavour, somewhere between a sultana and a sun-dried apricot with the spirit framing the layers with impeccable integration."  Olly Smith, Wines & Spirits Expert

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Sloe, damson skin and rancio characteristics
    Flavour:
    Flavour: passion fruit, damsons, macademia nuts and dried mandarin peel with a rich rancio of pineapple syrup, madeira and green peppers.
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  3. Hermitage 1922 Grande Champagne Cognac
    Only one bottle remaining

    Long ageing in oak casks is a recipe for interesting and complex cognacs; this is no exception. Delicate aromas of linden, orange and lime leaves and wild carnations combine with candied apricot fruits but there are also unusual flavours of cantaloupe melon, blueberries and papaya. This is a truly unique and beautiful cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Linden, orange and lime leaves.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Apricot candied fruit, cantaloupe melon, blueberries and papaya.
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    Excl. VAT: £804.01 Incl. VAT: £964.81

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    Long ageing in oak casks is a recipe for interesting and complex cognacs; this is no exception. Delicate aromas of linden, orange and lime leaves and wild carnations combine with candied apricot fruits but there are also unusual flavours of cantaloupe melon, blueberries and papaya. This is a truly unique and beautiful cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Linden, orange and lime leaves.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Apricot candied fruit, cantaloupe melon, blueberries and papaya.
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  4. Hermitage 1918 Grande Champagne Cognac
    Only one bottle remaining

    A quite remarkable cognac from an old cellar in Juillac le Coq. Distilled over a century ago, it comes from the same cellars as another superb Hermitage cognac from 1914.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Hay, leather, sandalwood and fresh pineapple.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This is a really fine cognac displaying many characteristic qualities of the period. Flavours of allspice, ginger and white truffle followed by a dry, citrus peel finih.
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    Excl. VAT: £975.35 Incl. VAT: £1,170.42

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    A quite remarkable cognac from an old cellar in Juillac le Coq. Distilled over a century ago, it comes from the same cellars as another superb Hermitage cognac from 1914.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Hay, leather, sandalwood and fresh pineapple.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This is a really fine cognac displaying many characteristic qualities of the period. Flavours of allspice, ginger and white truffle followed by a dry, citrus peel finih.
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  5. Hermitage 1917 Grande Champagne Cognac

    We were lucky in finding this cognac. It was in a 30 litre bonbonne and had been stored in an old cellar for many years. It is an exceedingly fine cognac from the period but regrettably the house no longer exists so this will be the last of this vintage from this house.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A most interesting cognac in the traditional style of the period. The aroma of grapefruit peel, angelica and thyme are combined with a delightful yeasty dough theme
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This is a really fine cognac displaying many characteristic qualities of the period. The flavour is on the dry side with oaky and bitter grapefruit flavours which one would expect to find from this area
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    Excl. VAT: £982.33 Incl. VAT: £1,178.80

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    We were lucky in finding this cognac. It was in a 30 litre bonbonne and had been stored in an old cellar for many years. It is an exceedingly fine cognac from the period but regrettably the house no longer exists so this will be the last of this vintage from this house.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A most interesting cognac in the traditional style of the period. The aroma of grapefruit peel, angelica and thyme are combined with a delightful yeasty dough theme
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This is a really fine cognac displaying many characteristic qualities of the period. The flavour is on the dry side with oaky and bitter grapefruit flavours which one would expect to find from this area
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  6. Hermitage 1917 Grande Champagne Limited Edition Cognac

    A pure, special, limited edition 1917 cognac from the top cru that shows off many of the traditional skills of the period. Made in a 25hl still, it was then aged in medium, toasted oak for about 18 months before being transferred to old barrels. This complex and powerful cognac has many fine characteristics of lime, grapefruit peel, angelica, walnuts and spices and is a fine example of early twentieth century distillation and ageing.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Grapefruit and lime with dry oak and nuts combined with thyme and yeast.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A complexity of dry fruit and nut flavours. Lime and angelica along with walnuts and dry spices combine with a grapefruit peel and kumquat finish.
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    Excl. VAT: £989.95 Incl. VAT: £1,187.94

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    A pure, special, limited edition 1917 cognac from the top cru that shows off many of the traditional skills of the period. Made in a 25hl still, it was then aged in medium, toasted oak for about 18 months before being transferred to old barrels. This complex and powerful cognac has many fine characteristics of lime, grapefruit peel, angelica, walnuts and spices and is a fine example of early twentieth century distillation and ageing.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Grapefruit and lime with dry oak and nuts combined with thyme and yeast.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A complexity of dry fruit and nut flavours. Lime and angelica along with walnuts and dry spices combine with a grapefruit peel and kumquat finish.
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