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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. Cognac Maurice Lascaux Grande Fine Champagne

    The cognacs are blended and this is a 15 year old blend of several from this house. Attractive bottle presentation.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Some oaky aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: There is a toffee and vanilla taste.
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    Excl. VAT: £53.42 Incl. VAT: £64.10

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    The cognacs are blended and this is a 15 year old blend of several from this house. Attractive bottle presentation.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Some oaky aromas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: There is a toffee and vanilla taste.
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  2. Chateau de Beaulon 12 y.o. XO Premier Cognac

    The Beaulon 12 y.o. has always surpassed the minimum age requirement for an XO. It is an ideal starter cognac for those learning about brandies and comes with a delicate complexity and wonderful balance.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Some floral tones, particularly violet. Nut and vanilla, some vine cane
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Some nutty flavours. There is some toffee and vanilla with a little oak, medium dry flavour
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    Excl. VAT: £54.12 Incl. VAT: £64.94

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    The Beaulon 12 y.o. has always surpassed the minimum age requirement for an XO. It is an ideal starter cognac for those learning about brandies and comes with a delicate complexity and wonderful balance.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Some floral tones, particularly violet. Nut and vanilla, some vine cane
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Some nutty flavours. There is some toffee and vanilla with a little oak, medium dry flavour
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  3. Hermitage 1999 Grande Champagne Cognac

    Cognac Masters 2010 - Gold Award.

    From Chez Richon,  Christophe, a good friend of Brandyclassics, is hugely experienced in dilution and has been known to take 5 years to bring a cognac down from distillation strength. This cognac won a Gold Award at the 2010 Cognac Masters in the Vintage Category and is remarkably similar to the Hermitage 2000 which has now sold out.

    "The daddy of gifts - as complex and satisfying as a Dickens novel." Olly Smith Journalist & TV Presenter

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There are mocha and roasted walnut aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The mocha and roasted walnut is evident to all who taste this masters gold medal cognac
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    Excl. VAT: £56.49 Incl. VAT: £67.79

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    Cognac Masters 2010 - Gold Award.

    From Chez Richon,  Christophe, a good friend of Brandyclassics, is hugely experienced in dilution and has been known to take 5 years to bring a cognac down from distillation strength. This cognac won a Gold Award at the 2010 Cognac Masters in the Vintage Category and is remarkably similar to the Hermitage 2000 which has now sold out.

    "The daddy of gifts - as complex and satisfying as a Dickens novel." Olly Smith Journalist & TV Presenter

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There are mocha and roasted walnut aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The mocha and roasted walnut is evident to all who taste this masters gold medal cognac
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  4. Cognac Ordonneau 25 y.o. Tres Vielle Reserve Borderies

    A good cognac with lots of rich nutty qualities. It is a good example of what can be achieved from the smallest of the crus.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Burnt sugar, sultanas and walnuts
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Raisins, plums and butterscotch. This is a magnificent cognac with character and depth of flavour but without any harshness. A ladies cognac.
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    Excl. VAT: £68.33 Incl. VAT: £82.00

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    A good cognac with lots of rich nutty qualities. It is a good example of what can be achieved from the smallest of the crus.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Burnt sugar, sultanas and walnuts
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Raisins, plums and butterscotch. This is a magnificent cognac with character and depth of flavour but without any harshness. A ladies cognac.
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  5. 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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    Excl. VAT: £69.25 Incl. VAT: £83.10

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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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  6. Prunier 20 y.o. Cognac
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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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    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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  7. 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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  8. Hermitage 1995 Grande Champagne Cognac

    We were lucky to find this wonderful cognac available for bottling as a replacement for our award-winning 1999 vintage which has nearly run out.  The 1995 comes from the same distillery but has aged for a longer period, enabling a greater complexity of flavours.  This is a rich and beautifully finished cognac fit for a king.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Delightful rich aromas of butterscotch, cocoa, cloves and brazil nuts.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Remarkably mature with flavours of butterscotch, walnuts, biscuits and baked apple peel. Finishing tones of mandarin peel and damson.
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    Excl. VAT: £81.25 Incl. VAT: £97.50

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    We were lucky to find this wonderful cognac available for bottling as a replacement for our award-winning 1999 vintage which has nearly run out.  The 1995 comes from the same distillery but has aged for a longer period, enabling a greater complexity of flavours.  This is a rich and beautifully finished cognac fit for a king.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Delightful rich aromas of butterscotch, cocoa, cloves and brazil nuts.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Remarkably mature with flavours of butterscotch, walnuts, biscuits and baked apple peel. Finishing tones of mandarin peel and damson.
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  9. Hermitage 20 Year Old Grande Champagne Cognac

    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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    Excl. VAT: £84.63 Incl. VAT: £101.56

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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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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: £89.96 Incl. VAT: £107.95

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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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