Cognac, Calvados

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. LE PERE JULES PAYS D'AUGE  - 3 YEAR OLD CALVADOS
    Calvados is perfect for dinner or for cocktails. ... Learn More
  2. COMTE LOUIS DE LAURISTON DOMFRONTAIS PEAR - 5 YEARS CALVADOS
    A blend of calvados aged over three years in oak casks. Topaz colour. ... Learn More
  3. ROGER GROULT PAYS D'AUGE 41% - 8 YEAR OLD CALVADOS
    This Calvados 8 years will make you appreciate the fruitiness and freshness of a young eau-de-vie. Find warm aromas of apple, cinnamon and vanilla that have been developed over the years spent in oak barrels. It matures in oval shaped oak ... Learn More
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  4. DUDOGNON NAPOLEAN - 15YEARS
    Goes well with a cigar at room temperature, very fine cognac. Light shiny yellow. ... Learn More
  5. ADRIEN CAMUT PAYS D'AUGE  - 6 YEAR OLD CALVADOS
    Adrien Camut has always been the benchmark for Calvados. Aromas of green apple and caramel lead into crisp, juicy cider notes mixed with a modest amount of barrel aging, all working in perfect unison. For one 6 years of age this ... Learn More
  6. 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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  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. 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
  9. COMTE LOUIS DE LAURISTON CALVADOS DOMFRONTAIS 1992
    On the nose, an immediate presence, with mingled notes of cocoa and pear, evolving towards fragrances of tea and jasmine. This vintage, fresh and frank, is straightforward, elegant and long on the palate. Strong presence of pear, followed by flowery ... Learn More
  10. ROGER GROULT PAYS D'AUGE CALVADOS DOYEN (20TH CENTURY BLEND)
    Pays d'Auge cider apples sorted by hand. creating a smokey, smell of cigar box, hints of vanilla with a floral essence on the palate with orange blossom, vanilla, cooked/baked apples, whole peasant, candied orange appearnace. Finish is completely round ... Learn More
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  11. 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
  12. ADRIEN CAMUT PAYS D'AUGE RESERVE  - 35/40 YEAR OLD CALVADOS
    Deep amber colour with hints of walnut on the nose. Rich and round apple notes in total harmony with alcohol and tannin.Creamy texture allows waves of developed vanilla to glide across the palate. ... Learn More
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  13. 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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  14. 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
  15. ROGER GROULT RESERVE ANCESTRALE PAYS D'AUGE 40% - (19TH/20TH CENTURY BLEND) CALVADOS
    An exceptional blend of Roger Groult's oldest Calvados. Recommended for those who enjoy wood-flavoured spirits. An intense lingering aromatic persistence. Spicy notes, soft in the mouth. Réserve Ancestrale concludes beautifully the ageing cycle of Calvados Groult. Aged and blended ... Learn More
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  16. 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
  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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