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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. Ragnaud Sabourin 20 yo Cognac

    Ragnaud Sabourin is just outside Ambleville and lies in a valley, the sides of which are their vineyards.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There are some floral and balsamic notes with just a little citrus aroma
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A round complexity of floral and citrus flavours. A light but delicate cognac with good style
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    Ragnaud Sabourin is just outside Ambleville and lies in a valley, the sides of which are their vineyards.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There are some floral and balsamic notes with just a little citrus aroma
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A round complexity of floral and citrus flavours. A light but delicate cognac with good style
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  2. Prunier 20 y.o. Cognac

    Dry hazelnut and floral tones feature strongly in this really traditional cognac. There is an aroma of vine canes with some lemon peel. This is a true connoisseur cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Some floral tones, particularly violet, hazel nut, vanilla, some vine cane
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Quite dry and in the early 20th century style. Lots of hazel nut and vanilla with some light woody hints
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    Excl. VAT: £74.91 Incl. VAT: £89.89

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    Dry hazelnut and floral tones feature strongly in this really traditional cognac. There is an aroma of vine canes with some lemon peel. This is a true connoisseur cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Some floral tones, particularly violet, hazel nut, vanilla, some vine cane
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Quite dry and in the early 20th century style. Lots of hazel nut and vanilla with some light woody hints
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  3. Cognac Paul Beau Hors d'Age Grande Champagne

    The emphasis on ageing has worked well and this particularly fine 25 y.o.has developed a big complexity with aromas of orange peel, kumquats, guava, melon, dried nuts and much more. It's slightly higher strength of 43% enhances this cognac further.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This is a wonderfully complex cognac with a multitude of aromas. Initially there is a deep smell of kumquats and dried mandarin skins. The nose develops to nutmeg, roasted almonds, vanilla, coffee and melon but one can sit all day imagining all the delicious rich smells which mature in the glass.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Citrus flavours are the first to develop on the palate with a slightly spicy addition, this develops into dried almonds and a hint of marrow but still retaining an overall complexity of flavours.
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    Excl. VAT: £75.50 Incl. VAT: £90.60

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    The emphasis on ageing has worked well and this particularly fine 25 y.o.has developed a big complexity with aromas of orange peel, kumquats, guava, melon, dried nuts and much more. It's slightly higher strength of 43% enhances this cognac further.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This is a wonderfully complex cognac with a multitude of aromas. Initially there is a deep smell of kumquats and dried mandarin skins. The nose develops to nutmeg, roasted almonds, vanilla, coffee and melon but one can sit all day imagining all the delicious rich smells which mature in the glass.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Citrus flavours are the first to develop on the palate with a slightly spicy addition, this develops into dried almonds and a hint of marrow but still retaining an overall complexity of flavours.
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  4. Hermitage Chez Richon 20 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac
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    Produced on a small estate in the Grande Champagne and aged for over 20 years, this deep, golden cognac has a wonderful aroma of toffee with roasted nut, some spices and just a hint of pineapple.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This deep, golden cognac has a wonderful aroma of toffee with roasted nut, some spices and just a hint of pineapple.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fine cognacs become more complex as they mature. There are flavours of spice and coffee with pineapple in the background.
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    Regular Price: £101.56

    Special Price Excl. VAT: £76.17 Incl. VAT: £91.40

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    Produced on a small estate in the Grande Champagne and aged for over 20 years, this deep, golden cognac has a wonderful aroma of toffee with roasted nut, some spices and just a hint of pineapple.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This deep, golden cognac has a wonderful aroma of toffee with roasted nut, some spices and just a hint of pineapple.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fine cognacs become more complex as they mature. There are flavours of spice and coffee with pineapple in the background.
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  5. Prunier 20 y.o. Cognac - Harvested 1991

    Smooth and full-bodied, this cognac is a beautiful Fin Bois, typical of the Mouliders terroir from where it comes. The grapes were harvested in 1991 before being made into cognac and aged in oak for 20 years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fresh hazelnut, butter, almonds, gingerbread and sandalwood.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Hints of bitter chocolate and honey, some wood in the finish.
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    Excl. VAT: £78.87 Incl. VAT: £94.64

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    Smooth and full-bodied, this cognac is a beautiful Fin Bois, typical of the Mouliders terroir from where it comes. The grapes were harvested in 1991 before being made into cognac and aged in oak for 20 years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fresh hazelnut, butter, almonds, gingerbread and sandalwood.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Hints of bitter chocolate and honey, some wood in the finish.
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  6. Prunier 20 y.o. Cognac - Harvested 1986

    A deep golden brown, well balanced cognac from the Fin Bois cru with flavours of hazelnut and almonds. The grapes were harvested in 1986 prior to distillation and ageing for 20 years in oak barrels.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dominated by nutmeg and dry apricots.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Quite dry and in the early 20th century style. Delicate flavours of hazelnuts and almonds
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    Excl. VAT: £84.99 Incl. VAT: £101.99

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    A deep golden brown, well balanced cognac from the Fin Bois cru with flavours of hazelnut and almonds. The grapes were harvested in 1986 prior to distillation and ageing for 20 years in oak barrels.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dominated by nutmeg and dry apricots.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Quite dry and in the early 20th century style. Delicate flavours of hazelnuts and almonds
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  7. Seguinot 30 y.o. XO Cognac

    Traditional ageing in this firm means that it takes many years for a truly great quality to emerge. Dry roasted walnut and citrus fruit skins on the palate.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Similar to the 10 y.o. but more intense. Floral tones, violet and hazel nut. Fragrant vine cane and wood aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dry initial start to the pallet but developing into a complexity of hazel light oak and some grapefruit and lemon flavours
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    Excl. VAT: £85.66 Incl. VAT: £102.79

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    Traditional ageing in this firm means that it takes many years for a truly great quality to emerge. Dry roasted walnut and citrus fruit skins on the palate.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Similar to the 10 y.o. but more intense. Floral tones, violet and hazel nut. Fragrant vine cane and wood aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dry initial start to the pallet but developing into a complexity of hazel light oak and some grapefruit and lemon flavours
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  8. Hermitage Cognac Café 20

    A rich, robust dark cognac with hints of mocha, coffee and roasted walnuts. Aged for more than 20 years in oak casks, Hermitage Café 20 is at its best late morning when the taste buds are at their most receptive. During the 18th and 19th centuries in London and other capitals of Europe, cognac was often enjoyed with dark coffees, sweetmeats or pastries. Today Hermitage Café 20 is for those who, like their ancestors, enjoy the excitement and joy of the 20th century café culture.

    "This is as good as it gets and is mind-blowing with after-dinner coffee." Olly Smith, TV Presenter & Journalist

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is a rich coffee and mocha aroma with hints of roasted walnuts and Demerara sugar.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intensely rich mocha and coffee flavours combined with brittle toffee and some citrus finishing notes ensure that this cognac will provide lasting pleasure .
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    Excl. VAT: £87.02 Incl. VAT: £104.42

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    A rich, robust dark cognac with hints of mocha, coffee and roasted walnuts. Aged for more than 20 years in oak casks, Hermitage Café 20 is at its best late morning when the taste buds are at their most receptive. During the 18th and 19th centuries in London and other capitals of Europe, cognac was often enjoyed with dark coffees, sweetmeats or pastries. Today Hermitage Café 20 is for those who, like their ancestors, enjoy the excitement and joy of the 20th century café culture.

    "This is as good as it gets and is mind-blowing with after-dinner coffee." Olly Smith, TV Presenter & Journalist

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is a rich coffee and mocha aroma with hints of roasted walnuts and Demerara sugar.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intensely rich mocha and coffee flavours combined with brittle toffee and some citrus finishing notes ensure that this cognac will provide lasting pleasure .
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  9. Raymond Ragnaud Vieille Réserve Cognac in Presentation Box with two Engraved Glasses

    A beautiful presentation box with two engraved glasses from Raymond Ragnaud. This Vieille Réserve is liquid gold, with tints of bronze, and has been aged for 15 years in the barrel. It is a complex cognac, with magnificent balance, exhibiting the major characteristics of cognac from the top cru, the Grande Champagne.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Easy nose, contemplative, calm, dried fruit, cinnamon and developing floral aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Delicate spicy taste with many fruits and a dominant grape flavour.
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    Excl. VAT: £87.26 Incl. VAT: £104.71

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    A beautiful presentation box with two engraved glasses from Raymond Ragnaud. This Vieille Réserve is liquid gold, with tints of bronze, and has been aged for 15 years in the barrel. It is a complex cognac, with magnificent balance, exhibiting the major characteristics of cognac from the top cru, the Grande Champagne.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Easy nose, contemplative, calm, dried fruit, cinnamon and developing floral aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Delicate spicy taste with many fruits and a dominant grape flavour.
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  10. Hermitage 2008 Grande Champagne Cognac

    A very, very special and extraordinary find. This 2008 Cognac is just 10 years old, single-barrel, single-estate and very expensive, but it is one in a million. Smooth and perfectly balanced, it's rich, spicy and full of intrigue. There are less than 200 bottles available so it won't last - it is too good to last. Don't do anything other than just drink it, you will never find another cognac like this even at double the price.

    "For anyone looking for a very fine and special gift  .... The smallest glass is a sublime treat."  Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dates and baked apples with spices and nutty aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dates, cinnamon, toffee and pistachio as well as more exotic tones of rambutan, mango and passion fruit with some sweet orange in the tail.
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    Excl. VAT: £91.08 Incl. VAT: £109.30

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    A very, very special and extraordinary find. This 2008 Cognac is just 10 years old, single-barrel, single-estate and very expensive, but it is one in a million. Smooth and perfectly balanced, it's rich, spicy and full of intrigue. There are less than 200 bottles available so it won't last - it is too good to last. Don't do anything other than just drink it, you will never find another cognac like this even at double the price.

    "For anyone looking for a very fine and special gift  .... The smallest glass is a sublime treat."  Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dates and baked apples with spices and nutty aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dates, cinnamon, toffee and pistachio as well as more exotic tones of rambutan, mango and passion fruit with some sweet orange in the tail.
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  11. 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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  12.  Hermitage Segonzac 25 y.o. Grande Champagne Cognac

    Cognac Masters 2011 - Masters Award

    IWSC 2013 - Gold Award

    This Grande Champagne cognac is produced by a firm in the centre of cognac who produce from three vineyards in the very best parts of the cru. It is a particularly complex 25 y.o. that has benefited from expert ageing in Limousin oak barrels. A multitude of aromas and flavours which develop in the glass , but only if you can manage to keep it in there long enough.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Initially there is a deep smell of kumquats and dried mandarin skins, but this is a wonderfully complex cognac with a multitude of aromas. The nose develops to nutmeg, roasted almonds, vanilla, coffee and melon and if you can resist drinking it you will be rewarded with many more delicious rich smells as it matures in the glass
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The overall complexity of the flavours is retained from start to finish, with a slightly spicy addition appearing after the initial citrus flavour has developed on the palate. This is then followed by a development into dried almond and a hint of marrow. A superior Grande Champagne, complex and well balanced
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    Excl. VAT: £93.99 Incl. VAT: £112.79

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    Cognac Masters 2011 - Masters Award

    IWSC 2013 - Gold Award

    This Grande Champagne cognac is produced by a firm in the centre of cognac who produce from three vineyards in the very best parts of the cru. It is a particularly complex 25 y.o. that has benefited from expert ageing in Limousin oak barrels. A multitude of aromas and flavours which develop in the glass , but only if you can manage to keep it in there long enough.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Initially there is a deep smell of kumquats and dried mandarin skins, but this is a wonderfully complex cognac with a multitude of aromas. The nose develops to nutmeg, roasted almonds, vanilla, coffee and melon and if you can resist drinking it you will be rewarded with many more delicious rich smells as it matures in the glass
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The overall complexity of the flavours is retained from start to finish, with a slightly spicy addition appearing after the initial citrus flavour has developed on the palate. This is then followed by a development into dried almond and a hint of marrow. A superior Grande Champagne, complex and well balanced
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