Cognac, Brandy

Cognac is named after the town of Cognac in France and is a variety of brandy. It is produced in the wine-growing region surrounding the town from which it takes its name. Ugni Blanc, which is known locally as Saint-Emilion, is the one most commonly used grape to produce Cognac. The region is divided in to six zones, Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Bordeies, Fins Bois, Bon Bois and lastly Bois Ordinaire, not to be confused with Champagne, the premier sparkling wine region in north east France.

Strict guidelines must be followed for a distilled brandy to be legally labelled as a Cognac by the Appellation d’origine contrôlée. Only specific grapes are allowed to be used, of which Ugni Blanc is the most common. The brandy must be distilled twice in copper pot stills and aged for a minimum of 24 months in French oak barrels from Limousis or Tronçais.

Blending is very common in Cognacs, and the age is derived from the age of the youngest grapes used in the blend. Cognacs develop and age in a similar way to Scotch Whiskies, though most Cognacs can age much longer than the legal requirement due to the time spent in the French oak barrels.
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  1. FRANCOIS VOYER TERRE DE GRANDE CHAMPAGNE - 5 YEARS
    This cognac is a product from the house of Francois Voyer: Terres de Grande Champagne ... Learn More
  2. DUDOGNON VSOP 10 YEAR OLD GRANDE CHAMPAGNE
    Delightful Grande Champagne. ... Learn More
  3. DUDOGNON NAPOLEAN - 15YEARS
    Goes well with a cigar at room temperature, very fine cognac. Light shiny yellow. ... Learn More
  4. NORMANDIN MERCIER VIEILLE  - 15 YEAR FINE CHAMPAGNE
    A fine mix of Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne. A soft and balanced Cognac with a nice floral bouquet, with notes of almond and plum. "Since 1872 five generations have contributed to the elaboration of the prestigious Cognac NORMANDIN-MERCIER. Coming from ... Learn More
  5. TESSERON COGNAC LOT NO. 90 XO OVATION 'SELECTION'
    Made from the finest terroirs in Cognac –Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Petite Champagne and Fins Bois – Lot n°90's unique character comes from long ageing in oak barrels, which adds richness and complexity. Aromas of very fresh pear & quince notes ... Learn More
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  6. ST AGNES XO IMPERIAL 20YO BRANDY (700ML)
    Awarded Double Gold - 2015 Melbourne International Spirits Competition Reminiscent of top-notch Armagnac, the persistence of flavour is truly outstanding. Plush and softly scented with enticing notes of walnut slice, dried apricot, prune and later sweeter hints of dates, raisin cake, ... Learn More
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  7. PAUL GIRAUD 'VIEILLE RESERVE' GRANDE CHAMPAGNE COGNAC - 25 YEARS
    Soft, delicate, sweetish nose like stone fruit. Palate shows subtle, honeyed fruit, long length of plums & prunes, showing its twenty five year age. From culture to distillation, Paul Giraud gives priority to ancestral know-how to best serve the expression of ... Learn More
  8. NORMANDIN MERCIER "LA PERAUDIERE" GRANDE CHAMPAGNE
    A brandy in its prime. Aged in authentic casks - hundred-year-old oak trees. Limited series of 1000 bottles worldwide. Rancio and nuts, no floral or fruits - typical good-old cognac aromas. Lingers exceptionally long on the palate. "Since 1872 five generations have ... Learn More
  9. TESSERON COGNAC LOT 76 XO TRADITION
    An exceptional blend of the best reserves of Grande Champagne Cognac, aged to perfection in old wood barrels. Lot 76 immediately establishes its quality at the nose: a profusion of aromas of caramelised peaches, almonds and candied fruits sublimated by a ... Learn More
  10. DUDOGNON RESERVE DES ANCETRES  - 30 YEARS
    A full-throttle bouquet as well-defined notes of vanilla, paraffin, and ripe grapes fill the nasal cavity ... Learn More
  11. DUDOGNON HERITAGE GRAND CHAMPAGNE  - 40YEARS
    Very mouth filling and goes great with a cigar at room temperature ... Learn More
  12. NORMANDIN MERCIER VIEILLE - 15 YEAR FINE CHAMPAGNE (MAGNUM 1.5L)
    A fine mix of Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne. A soft and balanced Cognac with a nice floral bouquet. "Since 1872 five generations have contributed to the elaboration of the prestigious Cognac NORMANDIN-MERCIER. Coming from the best vineyards of Grande and ... Learn More
  13. PAUL GIRAUD 'TRES RARE' GRANDE CHAMPAGNE COGNAC - 40 YEARS
    A true reflection of a forty years old Cognac. Old brandy that has remained for many years in oak barrels. Its characteristics are more assertive, with aromas of rancio, cigar box, leather and spicy fragrances. Very complex nose and palate, ... Learn More
  14. TESSERON COGNAC LOT 53 XO 'PERFECTION'
    This cognac borders on perfection - finesse and complexity. Aromatic and heady that only years of aging in oak casks could give it. It exudes woody notes, dried fruit and tobacco. Very rich and generous. An extremely attractive cognac, opulent, ... Learn More
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  15. PAUL GIRAUD 'HERITAGE' GRANDE CHAMPAGNE COGNAC  - 60 YEARS
    Very old eau-de-vie aged in Limousin oak barrels, with exacerbated aromas of rancio, oxidation, aging characteristics pushed to their peak. Very long on the palate, in the end sweet and tasty. From culture to distillation, Paul Giraud gives priority to ... Learn More
  16. NORMANDIN MERCIER 1976 PETITE CHAMPAGNE
    This Cognac is bottled upon request only. Aromas of Lilies and Orange Peel. Well balanced. Subtle in the nose and supple in the mouth. "Since 1872 five generations have contributed to the elaboration of the prestigious Cognac NORMANDIN-MERCIER. Coming from the ... Learn More
  17. COGNAC TESSERON LOT NO. 29 XO 'EXCEPTION'
    A unique blend of legendary Grande Champagne, the cream of our oldest and rarest stocks, lovingly aged for at least three generations. ... Learn More
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