Cognac, Gamay

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. TE MATA ESTATE GAMAY NOIR 2020
    Utterly delicious. A wine bursting with crushed red-berry characters. Candy-apple crimson with a lifted confectionery nose of wild strawberries. Shows ripe, juicy cherry and cranberry on the palate, with just a hint of cinnamon and liquorice. As picnic-perfect as berries ... Learn More
  2. TE MATA ESTATE GAMAY NOIR 2019
    Utterly delicious. A wine bursting with crushed red-berry characters. Candy-apple crimson with a lifted confectionery nose of wild strawberries. Shows ripe, juicy cherry and cranberry on the palate, with just a hint of cinnamon and liquorice. As picnic-perfect as berries ... Learn More
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  3. JEAN-PAUL BRUN BEAUJOLAIS 'LE RONSAY' 2018
    Already hugely popular in the European market, United Cellars are proud to be the sole importer of this incredibly enjoyable wine that is easy to drink but with enough complexity to keep every drinker happy. This wine is produced from ... Learn More
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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  4. PUNT ROAD GAMAY 2018
    100% Gamay from block 8 of Napoleone Vineyard. Finished wine 50% whole bunch, but comprises 1 x 100% whole-bunch ferment and 1 x 50% whole bunch ferment. ... Learn More
    PUNT ROAD GAMAY 2018
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  5. DOMAINE DU VISSOUX BEAUJOLAIS 'LES GRIOTTES' 2017
    With aromas of tart small red fruits and boiled sweets, and a palate that is soft, fleshy and crunchy with the tartness of fresh red berry fruit: Morello cherry, raspberry, strawberry. Enjoy within 2 years ... Learn More
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  6. PIERRE-MARIE CHERMETTE BEAUJOLAIS LES GRIOTTES 2018
    "From his base in southern Beaujolais, Pierre Chermette has become one of the beacons of Beaujolais quality…” David Schildknecht, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate “Few Beaujolais growers are in a position to pronounce on the region’s different terroirs ... Learn More
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  7. PIERRE-MARIE CHERMETTE BEAUJOLAIS ORIGINE VIEILLES VIGNES 2017
    Vissoux's exemplary old vines bottling was first crafted in 1986 at the behest of Jean Brouilly, the then Michelin-starred chef of Tarare restaurant. The idea behind this wine when it was first produced was to be a counter reaction to the ... Learn More
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    Josh Raynolds
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  8. MAYER GAMAY 2018
    No longer the new kid on the block , this is a big step forward for Gamay in our country. The fruit comes from the oldest planted Gamay vineyard in the Yarra Valley. Bright cherry red in colour and sweet meaty ... Learn More
    MAYER GAMAY 2018
    $54.99 Per item
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  9. DOMAINE MEE GODARD MORGON "CORCELETTE" 2018
    “18 was abundant, so there’s work to be done now as I hadn’t much to sell from the 16 and 17 vintages – so now heading to salons after having done none in the last two years! 2018 was a year without hail, ... Learn More
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    Jancis Robinson
  10. RIPPON GAMAY 2017
    It’s completely alive and quite beautiful. As much as we note that schist’s compression and foliated structure can issue wines of precision and detail, here schist’s refractive, luminous nature shines a direct, unadulterated light onto Gamay’s ... Learn More
    RIPPON GAMAY 2017
    $74.99 Per item
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    Mike Bennie
  11. DOMAINE MEE GODARD MOULIN A VENT "AU MICHELON" 2018
    “18 was abundant, so there’s work to be done now as I hadn’t much to sell from the 16 and 17 vintages – so now heading to salons after having done none in the last two years! 2018 was a year without hail, ... Learn More
  12. DUDOGNON NAPOLEAN - 15YEARS
    Goes well with a cigar at room temperature, very fine cognac. Light shiny yellow. ... Learn More
  13. 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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  14. ONLINE TASTING PACK - RIPPON TASTING WITH NICK MILLS THURSDAY 1ST OCTOBER 6.30PM

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER, BUT PACK STILL AVAILABLE**

    This pack contains a bottle of 3 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on Thursday the 1st of October 2020.

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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. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  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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    Robert Parker
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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. ONLINE TASTING PACK - FRENCH WINE NORTH, SOUTH, EAST AND WEST, 4 WEEK COURSE

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    This pack contains a bottle of 12 different wines to be opened during a series of 4 online tastings held throughout late August and early September 2020.

    Across 4 weeks we will ... Learn More

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    Mark Faber
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  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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    Robert Parker
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