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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. Exshaw 1935 Grande Champagne Cognac
    Only one bottle remaining

    A famous name in the 1950s which ranked alongside Hine and Delamain. Exshaw cognac has always been highly rated in Great Britain and this vintage is one of the finest of them all. Sadly the firm was taken over by Otard in 1975.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light and floral
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense rancio with light fruit flavours
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    Excl. VAT: £702.67 Incl. VAT: £843.20

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    A famous name in the 1950s which ranked alongside Hine and Delamain. Exshaw cognac has always been highly rated in Great Britain and this vintage is one of the finest of them all. Sadly the firm was taken over by Otard in 1975.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light and floral
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense rancio with light fruit flavours
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  2. Hermitage 1945 Grande Champagne Cognac

    Aged in barrels for more than 50 years, the Hermitage 1945 has developed good colour and flavours. It is beautifully balanced with flavours of lychee, passion fruit, rosemary, cocoa and a long grapefruit tail. Undeniably a fine cognac from the heart of Grande Champagne, the top cru of Cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Delicate aroma of pork crackle which continues on to cumin, green walnuts and fennel.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Lychee, passion fruit, rosemary, cocoa and a long grapefruit tail.
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    Aged in barrels for more than 50 years, the Hermitage 1945 has developed good colour and flavours. It is beautifully balanced with flavours of lychee, passion fruit, rosemary, cocoa and a long grapefruit tail. Undeniably a fine cognac from the heart of Grande Champagne, the top cru of Cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Delicate aroma of pork crackle which continues on to cumin, green walnuts and fennel.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Lychee, passion fruit, rosemary, cocoa and a long grapefruit tail.
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  3. Croizet 1914 Cognac

    Produced from Croizet's predominantly Grande Champagne vineyards, the 1914 was one of their most highly acclaimed vintages. It is thought that only one barrel was produced so it is in extremely limited supply.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Croizet were highly regarded at the turn of the century and the 1914 has aged for many years in their cellars. There are wonderful aromas of dried walnuts and tobacco with hints of orange peel and rich madeira rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This is a cognac to be savoured. There is a powerful richness that combines with the roasted nut and toast flavours and develops into a citric grapefruit peel finish on the palate.
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    Excl. VAT: £727.65 Incl. VAT: £873.18

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    Produced from Croizet's predominantly Grande Champagne vineyards, the 1914 was one of their most highly acclaimed vintages. It is thought that only one barrel was produced so it is in extremely limited supply.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Croizet were highly regarded at the turn of the century and the 1914 has aged for many years in their cellars. There are wonderful aromas of dried walnuts and tobacco with hints of orange peel and rich madeira rancio.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This is a cognac to be savoured. There is a powerful richness that combines with the roasted nut and toast flavours and develops into a citric grapefruit peel finish on the palate.
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  4. Hermitage 1944 Grande Champagne Cognac

    IWSC 2018 - Gold Outstanding Award

    "Absolutely superb! Do not wait to drink this." Judges comments

    Aged gently in 250 litre casks for more than half a century, this is a truly wonderful cognac. It has a rich complexity of aromas and flavours, all wrapped up in a rich rancio, that last for ages on the palate.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Passion fruit, orange blossom, plums, figs and Muscat grape
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plums, sultanas, Muscat grapes, pineapple, cinnamon and toffee.
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    Excl. VAT: £730.70 Incl. VAT: £876.84

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    IWSC 2018 - Gold Outstanding Award

    "Absolutely superb! Do not wait to drink this." Judges comments

    Aged gently in 250 litre casks for more than half a century, this is a truly wonderful cognac. It has a rich complexity of aromas and flavours, all wrapped up in a rich rancio, that last for ages on the palate.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Passion fruit, orange blossom, plums, figs and Muscat grape
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Plums, sultanas, Muscat grapes, pineapple, cinnamon and toffee.
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  5. Cognac Hermitage 1940 St Fort Grande Champagne

    This cognac has aged in cellars that are of medium dampness for more than 60 years in the south west corner of the top cru near the River Né.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: The initial aroma of lemon oil turning more to pine is accompanied with a hemp background
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The palate is that of lemon tea with a buttery taste and feel. The length and balance is good.
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    Excl. VAT: £734.37 Incl. VAT: £881.24

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    This cognac has aged in cellars that are of medium dampness for more than 60 years in the south west corner of the top cru near the River Né.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: The initial aroma of lemon oil turning more to pine is accompanied with a hemp background
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The palate is that of lemon tea with a buttery taste and feel. The length and balance is good.
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  6. Hermitage 1938 Grande Champagne Cognac
    Only one bottle remaining

    Another rare and distinguished vintage, this time from the 1938 harvest. Presented at its cask strength of 40.5%, the floral aromas lead you to nutty flavours with herbs and an orange zest finish.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Floral tones of Iris and fresh hay with hints of light balsa wood.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Light flavours of macadamia and cashew nuts. One can also detect light herb flavours of parsley with fresh bread, finishing with hints of orange zest.
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    Another rare and distinguished vintage, this time from the 1938 harvest. Presented at its cask strength of 40.5%, the floral aromas lead you to nutty flavours with herbs and an orange zest finish.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Floral tones of Iris and fresh hay with hints of light balsa wood.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Light flavours of macadamia and cashew nuts. One can also detect light herb flavours of parsley with fresh bread, finishing with hints of orange zest.
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  7. Hermitage 70 y.o. Grande Champagne Cognac

    It is rare to find a cognac that has aged for this long in oak barrels. Long ageing is a sign of maturity as it allows the alcohol to react with the wood tannins and esters providing a much sought after condition known as “rancio” a type of madeiraisation or enrichening of the cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is a rich but musty aroma with mushrooms, leather and roasted walnuts
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense mushroom, roasted nut and a range of other flavours including dry spice, leather, tobacco and oaky qualities
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    It is rare to find a cognac that has aged for this long in oak barrels. Long ageing is a sign of maturity as it allows the alcohol to react with the wood tannins and esters providing a much sought after condition known as “rancio” a type of madeiraisation or enrichening of the cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is a rich but musty aroma with mushrooms, leather and roasted walnuts
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense mushroom, roasted nut and a range of other flavours including dry spice, leather, tobacco and oaky qualities
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  8. Hermitage 1928 Grande Champagne Cognac
    Only one bottle remaining

    There is an area of Grande Champagne, South East of Cognac where some of the finest cognacs are made. The small village of Juillac le Coq grows some of the nicest vines in the region and it is from here that the Hermitage 1928 Cognac comes. The flavour is clean with a light nut straw and citrus aroma. The rancio is one of a dry straw but rich quality. This is a cognac not to be missed.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light nut straw and citrus
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Clean with a rancio of dry straw but rich quality.
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    There is an area of Grande Champagne, South East of Cognac where some of the finest cognacs are made. The small village of Juillac le Coq grows some of the nicest vines in the region and it is from here that the Hermitage 1928 Cognac comes. The flavour is clean with a light nut straw and citrus aroma. The rancio is one of a dry straw but rich quality. This is a cognac not to be missed.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light nut straw and citrus
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Clean with a rancio of dry straw but rich quality.
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  9. Hermitage 1923 Grande Champagne Cognac

    This is a particularly fine example of a 1920s cognac which comes from the southern part of the Grande Champagne cru around Lignières. Cognacs of this quality take many decades to reach perfection and this is a fine example. Utterly delicious with flavours of passion fruit, damsons macadamia nuts and dried mandarin peel. It has a fine and intense rancio, the result of more than 60 years in an oak barrel.

    "This has a gorgeous flavour, somewhere between a sultana and a sun-dried apricot with the spirit framing thelayers with impeccable integration."  Olly Smith, Wines & Spirits Expert

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Sloe, damson skin and rancio characteristics
    Flavour:
    Flavour: passion fruit, damsons, macademia nuts and dried mandarin peel with a rich rancio of pineapple syrup, madeira and green peppers.
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    This is a particularly fine example of a 1920s cognac which comes from the southern part of the Grande Champagne cru around Lignières. Cognacs of this quality take many decades to reach perfection and this is a fine example. Utterly delicious with flavours of passion fruit, damsons macadamia nuts and dried mandarin peel. It has a fine and intense rancio, the result of more than 60 years in an oak barrel.

    "This has a gorgeous flavour, somewhere between a sultana and a sun-dried apricot with the spirit framing thelayers with impeccable integration."  Olly Smith, Wines & Spirits Expert

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Sloe, damson skin and rancio characteristics
    Flavour:
    Flavour: passion fruit, damsons, macademia nuts and dried mandarin peel with a rich rancio of pineapple syrup, madeira and green peppers.
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  10. Hermitage 1922 Grande Champagne Cognac
    Only one bottle remaining

    Long ageing in oak casks is a recipe for interesting and complex cognacs; this is no exception. Delicate aromas of linden, orange and lime leaves and wild carnations combine with candied apricot fruits but there are also unusual flavours of cantaloupe melon, blueberries and papaya. This is a truly unique and beautiful cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Linden, orange and lime leaves.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Apricot candied fruit, cantaloupe melon, blueberries and papaya.
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    Long ageing in oak casks is a recipe for interesting and complex cognacs; this is no exception. Delicate aromas of linden, orange and lime leaves and wild carnations combine with candied apricot fruits but there are also unusual flavours of cantaloupe melon, blueberries and papaya. This is a truly unique and beautiful cognac.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Linden, orange and lime leaves.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Apricot candied fruit, cantaloupe melon, blueberries and papaya.
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  11. Cognac Hermitage 1917 Grande Champagne

    We were lucky in finding this cognac. It was in a 30 litre bonbonne and had been stored in an old cellar for many years. It is an exceedingly fine cognac from the period but regrettably the house no longer exists so this will be the last of this vintage from this house.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A most interesting cognac in the traditional style of the period. The aroma of grapefruit peel, angelica and thyme are combined with a delightful yeasty dough theme
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This is a really fine cognac displaying many characteristic qualities of the period. The flavour is on the dry side with oaky and bitter grapefruit flavours which one would expect to find from this area
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    Excl. VAT: £805.49 Incl. VAT: £966.59

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    We were lucky in finding this cognac. It was in a 30 litre bonbonne and had been stored in an old cellar for many years. It is an exceedingly fine cognac from the period but regrettably the house no longer exists so this will be the last of this vintage from this house.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: A most interesting cognac in the traditional style of the period. The aroma of grapefruit peel, angelica and thyme are combined with a delightful yeasty dough theme
    Flavour:
    Flavour: This is a really fine cognac displaying many characteristic qualities of the period. The flavour is on the dry side with oaky and bitter grapefruit flavours which one would expect to find from this area
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  12. Cognac Hermitage 1917 Limited Edition

    A pure, special, limited edition 1917 cognac from the top cru that shows off many of the traditional skills of the period. Made in a 25hl still, it was then aged in medium, toasted oak for about 18 months before being transferred to old barrels. This complex and powerful cognac has many fine characteristics of lime, grapefruit peel, angelica, walnuts and spices and is a fine example of early twentieth century distillation and ageing.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Grapefruit and lime with dry oak and nuts combined with thyme and yeast.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A complexity of dry fruit and nut flavours. Lime and angelica along with walnuts and dry spices combine with a grapefruit peel and kumquat finish.
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    A pure, special, limited edition 1917 cognac from the top cru that shows off many of the traditional skills of the period. Made in a 25hl still, it was then aged in medium, toasted oak for about 18 months before being transferred to old barrels. This complex and powerful cognac has many fine characteristics of lime, grapefruit peel, angelica, walnuts and spices and is a fine example of early twentieth century distillation and ageing.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Grapefruit and lime with dry oak and nuts combined with thyme and yeast.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A complexity of dry fruit and nut flavours. Lime and angelica along with walnuts and dry spices combine with a grapefruit peel and kumquat finish.
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