Cognac, Malbec

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. ESQUINAS DE ARGENTO MALBEC 2018
    Nicola Cantena planted his first Malbvec vineyard in Mendoza in 1902! This wine goes through an extensive cold maceration for 5 days at 48ºF (8,8ºC) to extract aromas. The juice is then fermented for 26 days with a post-fermentation maceration of 24 days. Wild ... Learn More
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  2. BODEGAS SALENTEIN PORTILLO MALBEC 2019
    Exclusively imported by United Cellars, this outstanding value Argentinian Malbec is a consistent favourite of staff and our regular customers. Displaying a fresh and fruity nose, enhanced by hints of plums, black berries and a touch of vanilla. The palate ... Learn More
  3. BODEGAS SALENTEIN 'BARREL SELECTION' MALBEC 2018
    Exclusively imported by United Cellars, a multi-award winning Malbec from Argentina that is a real hearty and full-bodied wine. On the nose, it is intense and complex with outstanding aromas of red fruits, black berries, as well as delicate floral ... Learn More
  4. BODEGAS SALENTEIN PRIMUS MALBEC 2017
    Exclusively imported by United Cellars - Bodegas Salentein is the heart and soul of the Uco Valley. Aromas of blackberries, raspberries and blueberries, combined with floral hints and delicate notes of vanilla and spices granted by its oak ageing. In ... Learn More
  5. BODEGAS SALENTEIN PRIMUS MALBEC 2016
    Exclusively imported by United Cellars - Bodegas Salentein is the heart and soul of the Uco Valley. Aromas of blackberries, raspberries and blueberries, combined with floral hints and delicate notes of vanilla and spices granted by its oak ageing. In ... Learn More
  6. ONLINE TASTING PACK - A CHILE AND ARGENTINA ADVENTURE THURSDAY 3RD DECEMBER 6:30PM AEDT

    Whilst we can't physically travel to South America for the time being, let's travel with our taste buds and sample some delicious wines. We'll be tasting a selection of reds from Chile and Argentina and will be learning more ... Learn More

  7. BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA ALTA MALBEC 2013
    The Catena Alta wines can usually be drunk starting at three years after harvest and into the following one to two decades. ... Learn More
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  8. DUDOGNON NAPOLEAN - 15YEARS
    Goes well with a cigar at room temperature, very fine cognac. Light shiny yellow. ... Learn More
  9. ONLINE TASTING PACK - A CHILE AND ARGENTINA ADVENTURE PLUS BREAKOUT ROOM WINE THURSDAY 3RD DECEMBER 6:30PM AEDT

    This pack includes an additional 4th wine which is Bodegas Salenteins' iconic Malbec; Primus. This wine will be tasted in a zoom breakout room following the tasting of the first 3 wines and this will be in a more intimate ... Learn More

  10. BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA ARGENTINO MALBEC 2012
    No matter what the vintage, this wine is really more than 100 years old. It represents a family's journey to produce an Argentine Malbec that can stand with the great wines of the world. ... Learn More
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  11. 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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  12. MT BRAVE MALBEC 2014
    98% Malbec & 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Mt. Brave Malbec opens with dark, ripe raspberry and huckleberry with spicy undertones. The sturdy structure reveals that this is a true mountain wine. Vineyard sites date back to a time just before the Civil War. One ... Learn More
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  13. MT BRAVE MALBEC 2012
    98% Malbec & 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2012 growing season was near perfect, with ideal spring bud-break and warm, steady days balanced by cool nights. Mt. Brave Malbec opens with dark, ripe raspberry and huckleberry with spicy undertones. The sturdy structure reveals that this ... Learn More
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  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. BODEGA ​CATENA ZAPATA ADRIANNA VINEYARD 'MUNDUS BACILLUS TERRAE' MALBEC 2011
    The Catena Family is entering its second century of winemaking in Mendoza, Argentina. Named after Nicolás Catena Zapata’s youngest daughter, the Adrianna Vineyard is located at almost 5,000 feet elevation in Mendoza. The soils in this 1.4 hectare parcel are ... Learn More
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  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
  18. 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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  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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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