Cognac, Chenin Blanc

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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Chenin Blanc is an important white grape variety planted in the Anjou-Saumur and Touraine regions of the Loire Valley. In Australia, it is popular in Western Australia especially within the Swan Valley and Peel regions near Perth. Where they produce beautiful floral, tropical aromas, that are designed to drink young and fresh.

Its home in France is the Loire, where outstanding dry, sweet and sparkling wines are produced. The famous wines of Vouvray, Savenniéres, Samour and Coteaux du Layon are all made from Chenin Blanc. The best Loire Chenin Blancs have concentrated rich, honeyed fruit, together with refreshingly vibrant acidity.

Called Steen in South Africa, it is the most widely planted variety. The best examples come from Stellenbosch where it can also be oak aged to create a full-bodied style. The best producers keep their yields down, producing impressive wines. Chenin Blanc is also used as a cheap blending option with Chardonnay, Colombard, and Muscat.
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  1. MONMOUSSEAU BRUT ETOILE NV
    "A great value for a summer party" - Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast Magazine 70% Chenin blanc, 30% Chardonnay. Aged for 18 months on lees, this method traditional sparkling shows excellent finesse of mousse and purity of fruit with pear, almond and fig notes. ... Learn More
  2. MARC BREDIF VOUVRAY CLASSIC 2018
    A brilliant pale gold colour. A fine bouquet full of the aromas of white flowers and yellow fruit (Pear William). One finds citrus notes on breathing (grapefruit). The attack is gentle with a lovely vivacity where one finds agreeable notes ... Learn More
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  3. DOMAINE PICHOT VOUVRAY DEMI SEC 'CLOS BERGER' 2018
    The Pichot family is one of the oldest in Vouvray with origins as restaurateurs going back to 1739 later followed by the purchase of the superb Coteau de la Biche vineyards in 1770 establishing them as growers to help supply the restaurant. ... Learn More
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  4. CULLEN PET NAT NEW MOON ORGANIC CHENIN BLANC 2018
    2018 was one of the great vintages for Wilyabrup and Cullen Wines. The fruit for this wine was picked on a new moon in early February 2018. It is a “pétillant naturel” based on the méthode ancestrale, with the wine ... Learn More
  5. LAS VINO 'THE CBDB' MARGARET RIVER CHENIN BLANC 2019
    Dynamic blend? This year’s release stays on the theme of the 2018. 100% Chenin Blanc. 100% sourced from one of the very few Biodynamically farmed vineyards in Margaret River hence the ‘Dynamic’ name. “FRESH” is the emphasis from Nic on this vintage ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  6. DOMAINE HUET 'LE CLOS DU BOURG' DEMI SEC VOUVRAY 2016
    Le Mont provides the perfect middle ground between Le Haut-Lieu and Clos du Bourg in this vintage. A complex nose with scents of pineapple, soil tones, honeycomb, and a touch of tangerine. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied ... Learn More
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    Jancis Robinson
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  7. DUDOGNON NAPOLEAN - 15YEARS
    Goes well with a cigar at room temperature, very fine cognac. Light shiny yellow. ... Learn More
  8. DOMAINE HUET VOUVRAY LE MONT MOELLEUX PREMIER TRIE 2015
    Domaine Huet is one of the most famous and respected producers in Vouvray. "highly elegant and with lovely flinty flavors. Intense and concentrated, with great finesse and vitality, this is a highly elegant and perfectly balanced wine with a persistent ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
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  9. DOMAINE HUET VOUVRAY MOELLEUX LE MONT 2009 (MUSEUM RELEASE)
    Domaine Huet is one of the most famous and respected producers in Vouvray. This is a special Museum release imported direct from the winery. "This is an age-worthy Chenin that is only slowly starting to unfold its charms. 95+ points Robert ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
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  10. 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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  11. 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
  12. 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
  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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    Robert Parker
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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. 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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    Robert Parker
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