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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. Château de Beaulon 20 Year Old Napoleon Fins Bois Cognac

    Similar to the 12 year old but more mature with floral and delicate herb aromas. It is well balanced and shows no aggressive qualities common in other Napoleon cognacs.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Some dry spice, floral tones, nut and vanilla, some vine cane
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Some nutty flavours. A hint of coffee and vanilla with a little oak, medium dry flavour.
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    Excl. VAT: £106.67 Incl. VAT: £128.00

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    Similar to the 12 year old but more mature with floral and delicate herb aromas. It is well balanced and shows no aggressive qualities common in other Napoleon cognacs.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Some dry spice, floral tones, nut and vanilla, some vine cane
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Some nutty flavours. A hint of coffee and vanilla with a little oak, medium dry flavour.
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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. Bertrand 35 Year Old Special Edition XO Cognac

    A Limited Edition of this highly popular 35 Year Old Single Estate Cognac with flavours of candied fruit, walnut and cacao. One of the best producers located in the Petite Champagne cru, Bertrand has only produced 1200 of this presentation. The stunning carafe and presentation box will make an extra special gift.

    Gold Medal: Beverage Testing Institue 2014, Concours General Agricole de Paris 2012.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Cedar wood, dried fruit and vanilla.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Candied fruit, walnut and cacao.
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    Excl. VAT: £135.15 Incl. VAT: £162.18

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    A Limited Edition of this highly popular 35 Year Old Single Estate Cognac with flavours of candied fruit, walnut and cacao. One of the best producers located in the Petite Champagne cru, Bertrand has only produced 1200 of this presentation. The stunning carafe and presentation box will make an extra special gift.

    Gold Medal: Beverage Testing Institue 2014, Concours General Agricole de Paris 2012.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Cedar wood, dried fruit and vanilla.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Candied fruit, walnut and cacao.
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  7. La Fine Goule 1972 Petite Champagne Cognac

    Only a few bottles of this left. Some of our single estate cognacs have interesting and unusual qualities.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Herbal aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dry with herbal flavours.
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    Excl. VAT: £140.63 Incl. VAT: £168.76

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    Only a few bottles of this left. Some of our single estate cognacs have interesting and unusual qualities.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Herbal aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dry with herbal flavours.
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  8. Château de Montifaud 1978 Petite Champagne Cognac (Carafe)

    A vintage version of the VSOP but with more than 30 years maturing providing an enhanced richness and depth. This is a delicious cognac with beautiful soft tones and aromas.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dried apricot and peaches, although less pronounced than younger cognacs
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Some nutty flavours. The dried peach comes out with vanilla and sandalwood. This is much more complex than others and has some delightful qualities.
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    Excl. VAT: £149.75 Incl. VAT: £179.70

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    A vintage version of the VSOP but with more than 30 years maturing providing an enhanced richness and depth. This is a delicious cognac with beautiful soft tones and aromas.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dried apricot and peaches, although less pronounced than younger cognacs
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Some nutty flavours. The dried peach comes out with vanilla and sandalwood. This is much more complex than others and has some delightful qualities.
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  9. Château de Montifaud Héritage Louis Vallet 50 Year Old Petite Champagne Cognac

    This is a blended cognac which is from some of their oldest stock; eaux de vie that was distilled between 1956 and 1963. Dried apricots and walnuts are on the nose and palate.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is an intense richness of this delightful cognac with aromas of dried apricots and almonds.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The rich flavour of apricots is enhanced by a gentle rancio which leaves a long smooth flavour on the palate.
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    This is a blended cognac which is from some of their oldest stock; eaux de vie that was distilled between 1956 and 1963. Dried apricots and walnuts are on the nose and palate.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is an intense richness of this delightful cognac with aromas of dried apricots and almonds.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The rich flavour of apricots is enhanced by a gentle rancio which leaves a long smooth flavour on the palate.
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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Forgeron 1974 Grande Champagne Cognac

    Similar to the 36 year old but slightly less aged. The intensity and fullness of flavour provides great finesse and style but also with lots of complexity.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Quite powerful aroma. Some floral tones, particularly violet, nut, vanilla and a rich pineapple syrup.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Big complex taste which is powerful enough to override the strength. There are nuts, vanilla mushrooms and a pineapple taste that runs into a long citrus tail.
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    Similar to the 36 year old but slightly less aged. The intensity and fullness of flavour provides great finesse and style but also with lots of complexity.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Quite powerful aroma. Some floral tones, particularly violet, nut, vanilla and a rich pineapple syrup.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Big complex taste which is powerful enough to override the strength. There are nuts, vanilla mushrooms and a pineapple taste that runs into a long citrus tail.
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