Cognac, Cabernet Franc

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. BLUE POLES ‘RESERVE’ CABERNET FRANC 2016
    A savoury nose of bay leaf, leather, redcurrant and boysenberry, dried herbs and baking spices. Such purity to the fruit (good viticulture and class winemaking). Tannin profile is superb, and feels open-weave, and freshness kept in check with such wonderfully ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  2. Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Granges 2020
    Organic. 100% Cabernet Franc. Les Granges is the Baudry family’s vin de bistro—a delicious, entry-level Cabernet Franc designed for early drinking. It comes mostly from the Estate’s younger vines (planted between 1985 and 1988) grown on the alluvial gravel soils ... Learn More
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  3. Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Domaine 2017
    Le Domaine draws its personality from the Baudry family's diverse collection of Chinon terroirs. The Cabernet Franc grapes come from older vines (around 35 years old on average), planted on both the alluvial, gravel soils near the river, as well as ... Learn More
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  4. Les Arches de Belliviere Castor Vin de France Cabernet Franc 2018
    Les Arches de Bellivière wine range is assembled from biodynamicGrenache and old Carignan from the Southern Rhone Valley. Raisins Migrateurs is very rich and solid. Dense with very ripe fruit, black, crunchy fruit dominate on the palate but are ... Learn More
  5. Hickinbotham The Nest Cabernet Franc 2018
    Although only the Nest’s second vintage, the 2018 is utterly stunning. This Cabernet Franc expresses true varietal characteristics such as black tea and rich raspberry with a touch of bay leaf. The mid-palate is dense yet delicate and the finish ... Learn More
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  6. Hickinbotham The Nest Cabernet Franc 2019
    Although only the Nest’s third vintage, the 2019 is utterly stunning. This Cabernet Franc expresses true varietal characteristics such as black tea and rich raspberry with a touch of bay leaf. The mid-palate is dense yet delicate and the finish ... Learn More
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  7. Domaine Andree Anjou Rouge 'Carbone' 2017
    This is Cabernet Franc to drink and drink, wines like this are enjoyed every day for lunch all around France but particularly in Paris. This is where Cabernet Franc is at it's most attractive; fruity, aristocratic and aromatic on the ... Learn More
  8. Frankland Estate Olmo's Reward 2018
    A blend of 66% Cabernet Franc, 27% Malbec and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. A very refined, beautifully balanced and effortlessly elegant wine. The nose entwines hints of vanilla, plum, currants and cherry. Fresh and bright, a delicate palate to start showing freshness and bright ... Learn More
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  9. Chateau Gloria 2019 (En Primeur - Delivery 2022)
    Château Gloria is an unclassified St-Julien property that produces clarets that equal in quality those from the more prestigious classed growths. Henri Martin, a cooper by upbringing, took over the property in 1942 and began purchasing plots of vineyards from ... Learn More
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  10. Charles Joguet 'Clos Du Chene Vert' Chinon 2011
    "For as long as I’ve known the wines of Chinon, Joguet’s Chêne Vert has been a reference point. Thankfully, it remains so. Winemakers have come and gone since Charles’s heyday, but the terroir has remained a ... Learn More
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  11. ONLINE TASTING PACK - LOIRE VALLEY DEEP DIVE THURSDAY 13TH MAY 6:30PM AEST

    Loire Valley, an important wine region in France but we don't see enough of it here in Australia. We believe these wines suit our climate and lifestyle exceptionally well and so we're going to explore this region and the ... Learn More

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  12. Dudognon Napolean - 15Years
    Goes well with a cigar at room temperature, very fine cognac. Light shiny yellow. ... Learn More
  13. Roches Neuves Saumur Champigny Outre Terre Amphore 2014
    Elaborated in Georgian amphora, this Outre Terre cuvée is Thierry Germain's little UFO. With aromas of sweet plum, earthly bramble berries, dried herbs and a sweet raisined blackcurrant note. The palate being spicy, pithy and slightly savoury with sweet ... Learn More
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  14. 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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  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
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  18. Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard 2019 Tasting Kit!

    Located 35 kilometers south of Adelaide, the seaside winemaking town of McLaren Vale is considered the birthplace of wine in South Australia. The region’s first settlers came from England in 1838, and quickly recognized the farming potential of McLaren Vale’ ... Learn More

  19. 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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  20. 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
  21. Tesseron Cognac Lot 76 Xo Tradition (1750Ml)
    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
  22. 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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