Cognac, Merlot Blend

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. Chateau Clos Puy Arnaud 2020 (En Primeur - HELD IN BOND)
    Puy Arnaud’s wine range is designed to be eclectic and creative. Its goal is to offer you wines for every occasion: fruity wines with friends, good Bordeaux at the restaurant during lunch, crisp and tense Rosé for summer holiday ... Learn More
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    HELD IN BOND The 12 hectare, Right Bank vineyard of Chateau Taillefer is planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. This represents a continuing change in the vineyard as Chateau Taillefer has over the years removed the substantial amount of Cabernet Sauvignon ... Learn More
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    66% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc. Vibrant deep garnet colour. Inviting aromas of cassis, ripe plum, rosemary, and cedar meld together. A lovely richness of fruit warms the palate with youthful finely textured dusty tannins carrying the wine long to a ... Learn More
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    The history of Château Poesia is marked by its acquisition by Hélène Garcin and Patrice Leveque in 2014. Previously Château Poesia was known as Château Haut Villet. His name “Poesia” comes from the other estates – located ... Learn More
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  5. Château Peybonhomme-Les-Tours Côtes De Blaye 2017
    drawn from Peybon's biodynamically-certified limestone and clay soils in the Premières Côtes de Blaye (on the right bank overlooking the picturesque Gironde estuary). Wild yeast fermented with 90% fermented and aged in concrete and 10% fermented and aged in two- ... Learn More
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    The vines that produce this cuvée are over 40 years old. As above, the wines are wild yeast fermented, but L'Atypic is raised entirely in concrete (and bottled unfiltered). ... Learn More
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    Château Kirwan is a wine that is produced from the best parcels of the vineyard that have mainly gravel soils, but some are also clay. The fruit is picked and sorted twice by hand, then vinified in separate batches ... Learn More
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  8. Chateau Lassegue 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    This Saint Emilion Grand Cru belongs to Pierre Seillan, the winemaker from esteemed Californian estate Vérité. This up and coming estate is located just north east of the town of Saint-Emilion and up the road from world-renowned Chateaux such ... Learn More
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    The history of Château Poesia is marked by its acquisition by Hélène Garcin and Patrice Leveque in 2014. Previously Château Poesia was known as Château Haut Villet. His name “Poesia” comes from the other estates – located ... Learn More
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    The 2019 vintage is characterized on the nose by a beautiful burst of fresh fruit. Merlot brings notes smooth and velvety counterbalanced by Cabernet Franc which provides structure tannic and freshness with a finish of great finesse. A balanced wine marked ... Learn More
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    Château Prieuré-Lichine is a jewel of the Margaux appellation. Its wines express the very essence of a world-famous terroir. Every day of the year, the wine estate team shares its wine “art de vivre” with visitors from all ... Learn More
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    “The 2019 Poesia is a real beauty... Hélène Garcin-Lévêque and Patrice Lévêque turned out a gorgeous set of 2019s. The wines are deep, ample and so expressive. Readers who want to understand the diversity of ... Learn More
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  15. Clos Fourtet 1994
    The wines of Clos Fourtet, Premier Grand Cru Classé, embody the finest of Saint-Émilion. Smooth, intriguing and seductive, their pure natural aromas are delicately woven together ... Learn More
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    Croix Canon, Chateau Canon’s second wine, is crafted with the same precision as this Premier Grand Cru Classé. This is a complex wine, with fruity and mineral notes, a taut, well-integrated texture, and a harmonious aromatic range. Croix Canon ... Learn More
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  35. Chateau Clos Fourtet 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
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  36. Dudognon Reserve Des Ancetres  - 30 Years
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  38. Chateau La Clotte St-Emilion 2015
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  39. Vieux Chateau Certan	2013
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