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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. Hermitage Chez Richon 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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  2. Hermitage Chez Richon 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Hermitage 2008 Grande Champagne Cognac

    A very, very special and extraordinary find. This 2008 Cognac is just 10 years old, single-barrel, single-estate and very expensive, but it is one in a million. Smooth and perfectly balanced, it's rich, spicy and full of intrigue. There are less than 200 bottles available so it won't last - it is too good to last. Don't do anything other than just drink it, you will never find another cognac like this even at double the price.

    "For anyone looking for a very fine and special gift  .... The smallest glass is a sublime treat."  Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dates and baked apples with spices and nutty aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dates, cinnamon, toffee and pistachio as well as more exotic tones of rambutan, mango and passion fruit with some sweet orange in the tail.
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    Excl. VAT: £91.08 Incl. VAT: £109.30

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    A very, very special and extraordinary find. This 2008 Cognac is just 10 years old, single-barrel, single-estate and very expensive, but it is one in a million. Smooth and perfectly balanced, it's rich, spicy and full of intrigue. There are less than 200 bottles available so it won't last - it is too good to last. Don't do anything other than just drink it, you will never find another cognac like this even at double the price.

    "For anyone looking for a very fine and special gift  .... The smallest glass is a sublime treat."  Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Dates and baked apples with spices and nutty aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dates, cinnamon, toffee and pistachio as well as more exotic tones of rambutan, mango and passion fruit with some sweet orange in the tail.
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  7. Bertrand 20 Year Old Napoleon Petite Champagne Cognac

    Beverage Tasting Institute Chicago 2014 - Gold Medal

    This cognac is highly regarded and one of our favourites. It has flavours of hazelnut, cocoa and nutmeg and comes in a new presentation.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Round with fruit and spice on the nose.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Hazelnut, cocoa and nutmeg.
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    Excl. VAT: £93.96 Incl. VAT: £112.75

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    Beverage Tasting Institute Chicago 2014 - Gold Medal

    This cognac is highly regarded and one of our favourites. It has flavours of hazelnut, cocoa and nutmeg and comes in a new presentation.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Round with fruit and spice on the nose.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Hazelnut, cocoa and nutmeg.
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  8.  Hermitage Segonzac 25 y.o. Grande Champagne Cognac

    Cognac Masters 2011 - Masters Award

    IWSC 2013 - Gold Award

    This Grande Champagne cognac is produced by a firm in the centre of cognac who produce from three vineyards in the very best parts of the cru. It is a particularly complex 25 y.o. that has benefited from expert ageing in Limousin oak barrels. A multitude of aromas and flavours which develop in the glass , but only if you can manage to keep it in there long enough.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Initially there is a deep smell of kumquats and dried mandarin skins, but this is a wonderfully complex cognac with a multitude of aromas. The nose develops to nutmeg, roasted almonds, vanilla, coffee and melon and if you can resist drinking it you will be rewarded with many more delicious rich smells as it matures in the glass
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The overall complexity of the flavours is retained from start to finish, with a slightly spicy addition appearing after the initial citrus flavour has developed on the palate. This is then followed by a development into dried almond and a hint of marrow. A superior Grande Champagne, complex and well balanced
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    Excl. VAT: £93.99 Incl. VAT: £112.79

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    Cognac Masters 2011 - Masters Award

    IWSC 2013 - Gold Award

    This Grande Champagne cognac is produced by a firm in the centre of cognac who produce from three vineyards in the very best parts of the cru. It is a particularly complex 25 y.o. that has benefited from expert ageing in Limousin oak barrels. A multitude of aromas and flavours which develop in the glass , but only if you can manage to keep it in there long enough.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Initially there is a deep smell of kumquats and dried mandarin skins, but this is a wonderfully complex cognac with a multitude of aromas. The nose develops to nutmeg, roasted almonds, vanilla, coffee and melon and if you can resist drinking it you will be rewarded with many more delicious rich smells as it matures in the glass
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The overall complexity of the flavours is retained from start to finish, with a slightly spicy addition appearing after the initial citrus flavour has developed on the palate. This is then followed by a development into dried almond and a hint of marrow. A superior Grande Champagne, complex and well balanced
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  9. Cognac Hermitage 1993 Ambleville Grande Champagne

    Made by a highly respected old family in Ambleville near Segonzac in Grande Champagne who make very tradtional cognacs.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is an immediate sensation of freshness and balance. Mandarin, white pepper, pineapple, ginger, a variety of dynamic aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: On the palate, lots of yellow fruit, melon, pear. Followed by fresh peppermint and eucalyptus . It has an aromatic complexity impressive for its age
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    Excl. VAT: £95.00 Incl. VAT: £114.00

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    Made by a highly respected old family in Ambleville near Segonzac in Grande Champagne who make very tradtional cognacs.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There is an immediate sensation of freshness and balance. Mandarin, white pepper, pineapple, ginger, a variety of dynamic aromas
    Flavour:
    Flavour: On the palate, lots of yellow fruit, melon, pear. Followed by fresh peppermint and eucalyptus . It has an aromatic complexity impressive for its age
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  10. Raymond Ragnaud 1990 Grande Champagne Cognac

    A glorious example of how good young cognacs can be from this house. It is still in wood and has a dry and citrus long finish. If you like this style, buy it now, it is surprisingly good value.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fresh straw and dried tangerine peel. Delicate with a hint of nuts.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Soft and mellow with subtle orange notes, light toffee and a gentle spice on the finish. It has a medium length with great balance.
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    Excl. VAT: £99.25 Incl. VAT: £119.10

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    A glorious example of how good young cognacs can be from this house. It is still in wood and has a dry and citrus long finish. If you like this style, buy it now, it is surprisingly good value.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fresh straw and dried tangerine peel. Delicate with a hint of nuts.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Soft and mellow with subtle orange notes, light toffee and a gentle spice on the finish. It has a medium length with great balance.
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  11. Cognac Hine Vintage 1987 (Early Landed) Grande Champagne

    The early landed cognacs from Hine have been matured in cellars in the UK. Cognacs aged this way can be affected by the drier conditions which allow the barrels to absorb more cognac. It was landed in 1990 and bottled in 2005.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Soft floral aromas of violets and summer straw.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A dryer cognac with tones of vanilla, citrus fruits and some dry spices.
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    Excl. VAT: £99.53 Incl. VAT: £119.44

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    The early landed cognacs from Hine have been matured in cellars in the UK. Cognacs aged this way can be affected by the drier conditions which allow the barrels to absorb more cognac. It was landed in 1990 and bottled in 2005.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Soft floral aromas of violets and summer straw.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A dryer cognac with tones of vanilla, citrus fruits and some dry spices.
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