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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. Delamain Vintage 1969
    Delamain are one of the oldest cognac houses. The firm is a negoçiant and buys its cognacs well matured in oak barrels. The cognacs are often kept in new oak for longer than normal periods resulting in quite powerful woody aromas and taste.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Intense toasted oak aroma with walnuts and tobacco
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful woody, tobacco and leather with spices and walnuts
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    Delamain are one of the oldest cognac houses. The firm is a negoçiant and buys its cognacs well matured in oak barrels. The cognacs are often kept in new oak for longer than normal periods resulting in quite powerful woody aromas and taste.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Intense toasted oak aroma with walnuts and tobacco
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Powerful woody, tobacco and leather with spices and walnuts
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  2. Hermitage Segonzac 43 y.o. Grande Champagne Cognac

    Cognac Masters 2011 - Masters Award

    This Grande Champagne cognac is probably one of the finest cognacs we have ever tasted. It is produced by a firm in the centre of cognac who produce from three vineyards in the very best parts of the cru.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This is an absolutely magical aroma which becomes apparent after it has stood for a while. There is fresh straw, mangosteen, kumquats, grapefruit peel, thyme, 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 all the aromas and more. Coupled to all that there is a rancio which somehow enhances all the flavours, marrying them together in a totally balanced harmony
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    Cognac Masters 2011 - Masters Award

    This Grande Champagne cognac is probably one of the finest cognacs we have ever tasted. It is produced by a firm in the centre of cognac who produce from three vineyards in the very best parts of the cru.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This is an absolutely magical aroma which becomes apparent after it has stood for a while. There is fresh straw, mangosteen, kumquats, grapefruit peel, thyme, 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 all the aromas and more. Coupled to all that there is a rancio which somehow enhances all the flavours, marrying them together in a totally balanced harmony
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  3. Hermitage Segonzac 45 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac

    Cognac Masters 2018 - Gold Award

    This is a cognac of great distinction and it requires time. It must not be hurried as the many aromas and flavours need to be discovered slowly. The initial aromas are of warm fruit cake and sultanas and they are matched on the palate. Hints of crab apple compliment these flavours and bring together the intense rancio with other flavours of orange syrup and porcini. The depth of rancio is worthy of an even older Grande Champagne cognac.

    "At a tasting earlier this year I was particularly impressed by the Hermitage 45 yo ... it combines mature richness with those tropical/floral notes that often emerge, unexpectedly, in dark spirits several decades old."  Alice Lascelles, Financial Times

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Warm fruit cake, sultanas and ripe Victoria plums
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fruit cake with a little bit of mangosteen tang, a hint of crab apple combines with orange syrup and a background of porcini. Much richness and intense rancio qualities.
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    Cognac Masters 2018 - Gold Award

    This is a cognac of great distinction and it requires time. It must not be hurried as the many aromas and flavours need to be discovered slowly. The initial aromas are of warm fruit cake and sultanas and they are matched on the palate. Hints of crab apple compliment these flavours and bring together the intense rancio with other flavours of orange syrup and porcini. The depth of rancio is worthy of an even older Grande Champagne cognac.

    "At a tasting earlier this year I was particularly impressed by the Hermitage 45 yo ... it combines mature richness with those tropical/floral notes that often emerge, unexpectedly, in dark spirits several decades old."  Alice Lascelles, Financial Times

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Warm fruit cake, sultanas and ripe Victoria plums
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fruit cake with a little bit of mangosteen tang, a hint of crab apple combines with orange syrup and a background of porcini. Much richness and intense rancio qualities.
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  4. Hermitage 1914 & 50 Year Old Cognac Gift Presentation
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    It is rare to get the chance to try some of our very old, exceptional cognacs due to the price that each bottle commands. We have therefore produced a brand new gift presentation of two special 20cl bottles, each filled with a different, wonderful cognac and enough to share among friends. This option contains the supreme Hermitage 1914, described by one famous cognac writer as the best Borderies he has ever tasted, and the fabulous 50 Year Old from Réaux in Petite Champagne.

    This is an amazing opportunity but be quick, it is a limited edition.

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    Excl. VAT: £338.47 Incl. VAT: £406.16

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    It is rare to get the chance to try some of our very old, exceptional cognacs due to the price that each bottle commands. We have therefore produced a brand new gift presentation of two special 20cl bottles, each filled with a different, wonderful cognac and enough to share among friends. This option contains the supreme Hermitage 1914, described by one famous cognac writer as the best Borderies he has ever tasted, and the fabulous 50 Year Old from Réaux in Petite Champagne.

    This is an amazing opportunity but be quick, it is a limited edition.

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  5. Hermitage 1917 & 60 Year Old Cognac Gift Presentation

    Hermitage 1917 Limited Edition Cognac was distilled more than 100 years ago and its partner has been aged in the barrel for 60 years. It is the long ageing process that gives cognacs depth of flavour, especially those from Grande Champagne, the premier cru. Two fantastic bottles of cognac history make the perfect gift for the cognac connoisseur.

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    Excl. VAT: £360.23 Incl. VAT: £432.28

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    Hermitage 1917 Limited Edition Cognac was distilled more than 100 years ago and its partner has been aged in the barrel for 60 years. It is the long ageing process that gives cognacs depth of flavour, especially those from Grande Champagne, the premier cru. Two fantastic bottles of cognac history make the perfect gift for the cognac connoisseur.

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  6. Hermitage 1957 & 1917 Cognac Gift Presentation

    Two 20cl bottles of the very best vintage Grande Champagne cognacs to savour. The Hermitage 1957 was distilled more than 60 years ago and the Hermitage 1917 Limited Edition, just over 100 years ago. Now, how often do you get to sample such rare and fine nectars together? What a treat!

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    Two 20cl bottles of the very best vintage Grande Champagne cognacs to savour. The Hermitage 1957 was distilled more than 60 years ago and the Hermitage 1917 Limited Edition, just over 100 years ago. Now, how often do you get to sample such rare and fine nectars together? What a treat!

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  7. Hermitage Réaux 50 y.o. Vintage Cognac

    Cognac Masters 2013 - Master Award

    A magical fifty year old cognac that has matured in old casks in dark cellars for half a century. No wonder this is so good, it just oozes charm and is one of those bottles that is hard to put the cork back into. Lovely mocha and chocolatey flavours.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This has a superb aroma of rich toffee molasses, bitter chocolate, cardamom, sweet spices and ripe cherries
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Quite characteristic of the distiller’s style with a rich flavour of chocolate and natural toffee. There is also a pleasing taste of mature Muscat grapes which is present on the front of the mouth. This cognac is soft and completely non- aggressive providing very moreish qualities
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    Cognac Masters 2013 - Master Award

    A magical fifty year old cognac that has matured in old casks in dark cellars for half a century. No wonder this is so good, it just oozes charm and is one of those bottles that is hard to put the cork back into. Lovely mocha and chocolatey flavours.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: This has a superb aroma of rich toffee molasses, bitter chocolate, cardamom, sweet spices and ripe cherries
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Quite characteristic of the distiller’s style with a rich flavour of chocolate and natural toffee. There is also a pleasing taste of mature Muscat grapes which is present on the front of the mouth. This cognac is soft and completely non- aggressive providing very moreish qualities
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  8. Hermitage 1900 & 43 Year Old Cognac Gift Presentation

    Many of the very finest and rarest cognacs are hardly ever tasted since the prices are often beyond the reach of many cognac devotees. So, to give more cognac fans the opportunity to enjoy these wonderful old nectars, we have created a completely new presentation which contains two special 20cl bottles of our really old, exceptional cognacs. Enough to enjoy amongst friends.  This option combines the very fine Hermitage 1900 Salles d’ Angles with the wonderfully complex Hermitage 43 Year Old from Segonzac, both are Grande Champagne cognacs.

    This is an exceptional opportunity to taste these wonderful amber nectars, don’t miss out as only a few are available.

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    Excl. VAT: £372.83 Incl. VAT: £447.40

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    Many of the very finest and rarest cognacs are hardly ever tasted since the prices are often beyond the reach of many cognac devotees. So, to give more cognac fans the opportunity to enjoy these wonderful old nectars, we have created a completely new presentation which contains two special 20cl bottles of our really old, exceptional cognacs. Enough to enjoy amongst friends.  This option combines the very fine Hermitage 1900 Salles d’ Angles with the wonderfully complex Hermitage 43 Year Old from Segonzac, both are Grande Champagne cognacs.

    This is an exceptional opportunity to taste these wonderful amber nectars, don’t miss out as only a few are available.

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  9. Hermitage 1966 Grande Champagne Cognac

    Amazing, subtle aromas of pear, mangosteen and hay combine with a complexity of flavours. This is an unusual but delicious cognac with charm and elegance. It is not from the same barrel as our last 1966 vintage.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Pear, mangosteen, banana, cedar and hay.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Initially there is mangosteen and pear but flavours of almond, lychee, macademia nuts and pink grapefruit develop.
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    Amazing, subtle aromas of pear, mangosteen and hay combine with a complexity of flavours. This is an unusual but delicious cognac with charm and elegance. It is not from the same barrel as our last 1966 vintage.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Pear, mangosteen, banana, cedar and hay.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Initially there is mangosteen and pear but flavours of almond, lychee, macademia nuts and pink grapefruit develop.
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  10. Raymond Ragnaud Tres Vielle Cognac

    The long ageing in traditional Limousin barrels demonstrates just how good these cognacs can be with their dry rancio qualities. The house dates nearly two hundred years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dry, floral, citrus and amazingly clean aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The spicy and nut flavours progress to a citrus peel and long finish.
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    The long ageing in traditional Limousin barrels demonstrates just how good these cognacs can be with their dry rancio qualities. The house dates nearly two hundred years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dry, floral, citrus and amazingly clean aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The spicy and nut flavours progress to a citrus peel and long finish.
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  11. Hermitage 60 y.o. Grande Champagne Cognac

    This remarkable cognac comes from the top cru in Cognac known as Grande Champagne and has been aged in oak casks for more than 60 years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is a great complexity of autumnal aromas in this cognac including cigar box, tobacco and truffle as well as ginger, clove and dried fig.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Pure cognacs of great maturity are the finest expression of the distiller. The fine qualities of this cognac are a display of centuries of skill and understanding of distillation and cellar ageing. Flavours of truffle, clove, liquorice, burnt toffee and dried fig with a finish of dried mandarin are all qualities which can be enjoyed with a fine cigar.
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    This remarkable cognac comes from the top cru in Cognac known as Grande Champagne and has been aged in oak casks for more than 60 years.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is a great complexity of autumnal aromas in this cognac including cigar box, tobacco and truffle as well as ginger, clove and dried fig.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Pure cognacs of great maturity are the finest expression of the distiller. The fine qualities of this cognac are a display of centuries of skill and understanding of distillation and cellar ageing. Flavours of truffle, clove, liquorice, burnt toffee and dried fig with a finish of dried mandarin are all qualities which can be enjoyed with a fine cigar.
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  12. Hermitage 1958 Borderies Cognac

    Cognac Masters 2018 - Gold Medal

    Borderies is the smallest cru of Cognac but produces some of the nicest flavours, especially amongst the older cognacs from the region. This has flavours of cashew nuts, raisins, medlars and cinnamon and there is a good rancio from more than 40 years of barrel ageing.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Juniper berries, roast pheasant skin, cashew nuts and dried hay with a hint of mace and other dried spices.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich flavours of stewed plums, dried currants, medlars, cashew nuts and cinnamon.
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    Cognac Masters 2018 - Gold Medal

    Borderies is the smallest cru of Cognac but produces some of the nicest flavours, especially amongst the older cognacs from the region. This has flavours of cashew nuts, raisins, medlars and cinnamon and there is a good rancio from more than 40 years of barrel ageing.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Juniper berries, roast pheasant skin, cashew nuts and dried hay with a hint of mace and other dried spices.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich flavours of stewed plums, dried currants, medlars, cashew nuts and cinnamon.
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