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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. La Fine Goule Vintage 1972 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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  2. Chateau Montifaud 1978 (Carafe) Cognac

    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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  3. Chateau Montifaud Héritage Louis Vallet 50 Year Old 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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    Excl. VAT: £149.98 Incl. VAT: £179.98

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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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  4. Forgeron 36 y.o. 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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  5. Cognac Roullet Fransac Vintage 1970 Grande Champagne

    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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  6. Forgeron Vintage 1974 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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    Excl. VAT: £160.05 Incl. VAT: £192.06

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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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  7. Ragnaud Sabourin 45 y.o. Florilege Cognac

    Perhaps the best known fine cognac from this firm whose blending shows just how good these cognacs can be. Dried citrus and walnut tastes, with rancio qualities.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Some floral tones, vine cane, chestnut with vanilla tones
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Delicate and balanced, there are nutty tendencies but there are also traces of passion fruit and citrus fruits with a long grapefruit tail, this is an inspirational cognac from a highly esteemed house
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    Excl. VAT: £162.51 Incl. VAT: £195.01

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    Perhaps the best known fine cognac from this firm whose blending shows just how good these cognacs can be. Dried citrus and walnut tastes, with rancio qualities.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Some floral tones, vine cane, chestnut with vanilla tones
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Delicate and balanced, there are nutty tendencies but there are also traces of passion fruit and citrus fruits with a long grapefruit tail, this is an inspirational cognac from a highly esteemed house
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  8. Normandin Mercier 35 y.o. Reserve Cognac

    The firm was a broker in old cognacs selling them mainly to the USA. It then started selling its own blends often at their original strength. The cognacs are quite dark with toasted oak qualities.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A smoky oak and citrus aroma.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This is a dry and quite fiery cognac, with very dry nut and citrus flavours.
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    Excl. VAT: £169.75 Incl. VAT: £203.70

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    The firm was a broker in old cognacs selling them mainly to the USA. It then started selling its own blends often at their original strength. The cognacs are quite dark with toasted oak qualities.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A smoky oak and citrus aroma.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This is a dry and quite fiery cognac, with very dry nut and citrus flavours.
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  9. Cognac A.E.Dor Legend 35 y.o. (Opera Presentation) Grande Champagne

    Known for its wonderful Paradis with some of the oldest cognacs of great nobility, Dor is recognised in many countries. This was originally designed and blended by the late Odile Riviere.

    Flavour:
    Flavour: Well rounded and delicate on the palate, with hints of sweetness.
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    Excl. VAT: £173.20 Incl. VAT: £207.84

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    Known for its wonderful Paradis with some of the oldest cognacs of great nobility, Dor is recognised in many countries. This was originally designed and blended by the late Odile Riviere.

    Flavour:
    Flavour: Well rounded and delicate on the palate, with hints of sweetness.
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  10. Cognac Hermitage 1979 Chez Richon Grande Champagne

    A delicate but complex cognac with many exceedingly fine qualities. It has a nose of mangosteen and mown grass, whilst on the palate the grapefruit develops into marmalade and toast with thyme and brioche.The finish of dry grapefruit is long and appealing consistent with the best cognacs from this cru.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Pineapple syrup and roasted walnuts, a little pepper with oak and spices
    Flavour:
    Flavour: There are many quite powerful flavours with a pineapple, walnut, spice, banana and medlar fruits complexity on the palate. Its intense flavour is unusually enhanced by its slightly higher than normal strength. Good balance and very long on the palate. This is at an ideal strength for the cognac.
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    Excl. VAT: £176.48 Incl. VAT: £211.78

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    A delicate but complex cognac with many exceedingly fine qualities. It has a nose of mangosteen and mown grass, whilst on the palate the grapefruit develops into marmalade and toast with thyme and brioche.The finish of dry grapefruit is long and appealing consistent with the best cognacs from this cru.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Pineapple syrup and roasted walnuts, a little pepper with oak and spices
    Flavour:
    Flavour: There are many quite powerful flavours with a pineapple, walnut, spice, banana and medlar fruits complexity on the palate. Its intense flavour is unusually enhanced by its slightly higher than normal strength. Good balance and very long on the palate. This is at an ideal strength for the cognac.
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