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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 Paradis 1893 Grande Champagne Cognac

    On a recent visit to the Cognac region it was something of a shock to find a cellar with some vintages from the last quarter of the 19th century. One of them was the 1893, regarded by many as one of the finest vintages to come from this important period. Very long barrel ageing has created an exceptionally long and dry rancio, together with an intense colour and depth and range of flavours.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Mushroom with saffron and ginger, cedar and sultanas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Saffron combines with crystallised orange and toffee brittle. Hints of fresh dough with mangosteen, lychee and a host of mixed spices.
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    Excl. VAT: £3,291.67 Incl. VAT: £3,950.00

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    On a recent visit to the Cognac region it was something of a shock to find a cellar with some vintages from the last quarter of the 19th century. One of them was the 1893, regarded by many as one of the finest vintages to come from this important period. Very long barrel ageing has created an exceptionally long and dry rancio, together with an intense colour and depth and range of flavours.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Mushroom with saffron and ginger, cedar and sultanas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Saffron combines with crystallised orange and toffee brittle. Hints of fresh dough with mangosteen, lychee and a host of mixed spices.
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  2. Hermitage Cognac Marie Louise Crystal Decanter

    Cognac Masters 2018 - Masters Award

    Hermitage Cognac Marie Louise is a 60-year-old Grande Champagne from one of the region's top artisan producers. It is offered in a limited first run of 50 decanters produced by Cumbria Crystal, the last producer of completely hand-blown and hand-cut, full-lead luxury English crystal in the UK. The complex aromas, intensity and depth of flavours created by its careful distillation and ageing have created a masterpiece of smoothness and an intensely rich rancio found only in the rarest of cognacs. This truly great cognac is named after Marie Louise, the second wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. She bore his son who was given the title 'Roi de Rome' and who later became Napoleon II.

    "Likely to be one of the finest cognacs you have tasted."  Victoria Moore, The Saturday Telegraph Luxury supplement, December 2017

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex aromas of mocha, dried prunes, roasted chestnuts and masala spice.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich and complex flavours of coffee, sultanas, toffee brittle, truffle, dried fig, cinnamon, hazelnut and clove
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    Excl. VAT: £1,443.75 Incl. VAT: £1,732.50

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    Cognac Masters 2018 - Masters Award

    Hermitage Cognac Marie Louise is a 60-year-old Grande Champagne from one of the region's top artisan producers. It is offered in a limited first run of 50 decanters produced by Cumbria Crystal, the last producer of completely hand-blown and hand-cut, full-lead luxury English crystal in the UK. The complex aromas, intensity and depth of flavours created by its careful distillation and ageing have created a masterpiece of smoothness and an intensely rich rancio found only in the rarest of cognacs. This truly great cognac is named after Marie Louise, the second wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. She bore his son who was given the title 'Roi de Rome' and who later became Napoleon II.

    "Likely to be one of the finest cognacs you have tasted."  Victoria Moore, The Saturday Telegraph Luxury supplement, December 2017

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Complex aromas of mocha, dried prunes, roasted chestnuts and masala spice.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich and complex flavours of coffee, sultanas, toffee brittle, truffle, dried fig, cinnamon, hazelnut and clove
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  3. Cognac Hermitage 1903 Ambleville Grande Champagne
    Only one bottle remaining

    It is always difficult to associate lighter cognacs with age but this is an example that comes from just outside Ambleville in Grande Champagne and was made by one of the really old and traditional cognac houses. It brings a real pleasure to those who drink this remarkable cognac which is made from a wide range of grape varieties including Folle Blanche and Colombard.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A sublime complexity of delicate aromas from light floral tones to citric peel and dried fruits
    Flavour:
    Flavour: There is a delightful array of flavours that compliment the dry rancio of this cognac that range from citrus peels, guava and light savoury herbs to dried fruit
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    Excl. VAT: £1,240.65 Incl. VAT: £1,488.78

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    It is always difficult to associate lighter cognacs with age but this is an example that comes from just outside Ambleville in Grande Champagne and was made by one of the really old and traditional cognac houses. It brings a real pleasure to those who drink this remarkable cognac which is made from a wide range of grape varieties including Folle Blanche and Colombard.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A sublime complexity of delicate aromas from light floral tones to citric peel and dried fruits
    Flavour:
    Flavour: There is a delightful array of flavours that compliment the dry rancio of this cognac that range from citrus peels, guava and light savoury herbs to dried fruit
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  4. Cognac Ragnaud Sabourin Paradis 1903 Grande Champagne
    This is a very fine cognac house who unusually use all the permitted grape varieties allowed. We know of nobody else in the Champagnes who use all the grape varieties
    Aroma:
    Aroma: This cognac is pure joy. The rancio is immediately noticable on the nose but a citrus orange marmalade, floral and yeasty aroma comes through
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The complexity of this cognac is light and fruity but there is also a fresh walnut and wonderful light rancio. The complexity combined with the delicate tastes make this one of the finest tasted
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    Excl. VAT: £1,138.32 Incl. VAT: £1,365.98

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    This is a very fine cognac house who unusually use all the permitted grape varieties allowed. We know of nobody else in the Champagnes who use all the grape varieties
    Aroma:
    Aroma: This cognac is pure joy. The rancio is immediately noticable on the nose but a citrus orange marmalade, floral and yeasty aroma comes through
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The complexity of this cognac is light and fruity but there is also a fresh walnut and wonderful light rancio. The complexity combined with the delicate tastes make this one of the finest tasted
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  5. Raymond Ragnaud Vintage 1906 (Crystal Decanter) Cognac

    This house is situated in the heart of Grande Champagne in the tiny village of Ambleville. The 1906 is one of the finest offerings of skilled and mellow blending.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Truffles, biscuits and coconut , a little hint of nectarine
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Quite a big attack of alcohol but flavours develop to sandalwood and walnut, there are also some yeasty and clove hints. There is a long tail with a rich rancio madeira style. The balance is good but very assertive and crisp. It is both powerful and firm
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    Excl. VAT: £1,104.71 Incl. VAT: £1,325.65

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    This house is situated in the heart of Grande Champagne in the tiny village of Ambleville. The 1906 is one of the finest offerings of skilled and mellow blending.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Truffles, biscuits and coconut , a little hint of nectarine
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Quite a big attack of alcohol but flavours develop to sandalwood and walnut, there are also some yeasty and clove hints. There is a long tail with a rich rancio madeira style. The balance is good but very assertive and crisp. It is both powerful and firm
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  6. Hermitage 1900 Salles d'Angles Grande Champagne Cognac

    We found this cognac in an old cellar, the owners of which ceased making cognac many years ago. The cellar was in the region of Salles d'Angles, on the western side of Grande Champagne.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A hint of vine leaves and jasmine with green walnuts, cedar, mangosteen and dry spice aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Initially one detects toast, a hint of liquorice and truffle but it develops with pear, kumquat and grapefruit peel all mixed with cloves, mushroom and ginger.
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    Excl. VAT: £1,012.65 Incl. VAT: £1,215.18

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    We found this cognac in an old cellar, the owners of which ceased making cognac many years ago. The cellar was in the region of Salles d'Angles, on the western side of Grande Champagne.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A hint of vine leaves and jasmine with green walnuts, cedar, mangosteen and dry spice aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Initially one detects toast, a hint of liquorice and truffle but it develops with pear, kumquat and grapefruit peel all mixed with cloves, mushroom and ginger.
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  7. Hermitage 1900 Bouteville Grande Champagne Cognac

    Finding a cognac distilled in 1900 is always difficult and becoming increasingly more so. We were delighted to have been offered this which is really nice and comes from the area around Bouteville in the East of Grande Champagne.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A hint of tobacco with almond, medlar, mangosteen and dry spice aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The cognac has a powerful attack on the palate of dry fruit and spices but there are also many complex flavours going on at the same time including green walnuts, mangosteen, mace and cucumber
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    Excl. VAT: £1,012.65 Incl. VAT: £1,215.18

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    Finding a cognac distilled in 1900 is always difficult and becoming increasingly more so. We were delighted to have been offered this which is really nice and comes from the area around Bouteville in the East of Grande Champagne.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A hint of tobacco with almond, medlar, mangosteen and dry spice aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The cognac has a powerful attack on the palate of dry fruit and spices but there are also many complex flavours going on at the same time including green walnuts, mangosteen, mace and cucumber
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  8. Cognac Hermitage 1906 Grande Champagne

    Magnificent and complex cognac with many delicate fruit flavours and more robust walnut and peeled citrus qualities. This is one of the most traditional Grande Champagne cognacs and a real masterpiece for its age.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: The nose is wonderful with a magical aroma of candied lime, cinnamon, melon, peach and freesias.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This has an oaky and nut complexity on initial taste with powerful tones. The complexity shows with dried orange and roasted chestnuts but the tail comes clean with grapefruit
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    Excl. VAT: £876.82 Incl. VAT: £1,052.18

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    Magnificent and complex cognac with many delicate fruit flavours and more robust walnut and peeled citrus qualities. This is one of the most traditional Grande Champagne cognacs and a real masterpiece for its age.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: The nose is wonderful with a magical aroma of candied lime, cinnamon, melon, peach and freesias.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This has an oaky and nut complexity on initial taste with powerful tones. The complexity shows with dried orange and roasted chestnuts but the tail comes clean with grapefruit
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  9. Cognac Hermitage 1914 Borderies

    Cognac Masters 2012 - Master Award

    This exceptionally rare and sought after cognac was found in an old cellar to the north of Cognac. We were lucky in obtaining a complete bonbonne for bottling. Just don’t hang about, this is not going to last.

    "My most prized bottle is a 1914 Cognac Hermitage Borderies which has an incredible spectrum of flavours, from toffee to walnuts." Olly Smith, Journalist & TV Presenter

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is an aroma of rich pineapple syrup and Turkish coffee with nutmeg
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Burnt sugar and toffee with a hint of chocolate and brazil nuts. This has all the true characteristics of a true Borderies cognac and shows an intense Rancio. The balance is extraordinarily fine and leaves a highly rich and flavoursome cognac
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    Excl. VAT: £822.24 Incl. VAT: £986.69

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    Cognac Masters 2012 - Master Award

    This exceptionally rare and sought after cognac was found in an old cellar to the north of Cognac. We were lucky in obtaining a complete bonbonne for bottling. Just don’t hang about, this is not going to last.

    "My most prized bottle is a 1914 Cognac Hermitage Borderies which has an incredible spectrum of flavours, from toffee to walnuts." Olly Smith, Journalist & TV Presenter

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is an aroma of rich pineapple syrup and Turkish coffee with nutmeg
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Burnt sugar and toffee with a hint of chocolate and brazil nuts. This has all the true characteristics of a true Borderies cognac and shows an intense Rancio. The balance is extraordinarily fine and leaves a highly rich and flavoursome cognac
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  10. Cognac Hermitage 1917 Limited Edition

    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: £818.61 Incl. VAT: £982.33

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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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  11. Cognac Hermitage 1917 Grande Champagne

    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: £805.49 Incl. VAT: £966.59

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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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  12. 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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