Cognac, Primitivo

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. Poggio Anima 'Lilith' Primitivo Salento 2020
    "According to Jewish folklore, Lilith was the first wife of Adam. She was banished from the Garden of Eden when she refused to make herself subservient to Adam’s sexual requests. When she was cast out of the Garden, she ... Learn More
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  2. Poggio Anima 'Lilith' Primitivo Salento 2017
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  3. Maestro Italiano Gran Maestro Primitivo di Manduria 2016
    Hand-made and overmatured grape harvesting, soft pressing and controlled fermentation, partial refinement in wood. Puglia's Manduria is primitivo's home and the Cielo Gran Maestro is a great example of the style. ... Learn More
  4. Piccini Frapasso Primitivo 2019
    The 2019 Bastioni della Rocca Puglia Appassimento opens with inviting aromatics of sweet cherries and red plums which are woven together with earth, tobacco, grilled herbs and hints of leather. Medium-bodied with a silky texture that gives way to flavors of ... Learn More
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  5. Cantina Ionis Don Luigi IGP 2018
    Don Luigi is harvested at the right point of ripening, de-stemmed, crushed and conveyed to the winemakers. Red wine with violet reflections. Don Luigi combines the balsamicity of merlot with the ample and fruity aromas of the primitivo. The cherry ... Learn More
  6. Cantina Ionis Don Luigi IGP 2019
    Don Luigi is harvested at the right point of ripening, de-stemmed, crushed and conveyed to the winemakers. Red wine with violet reflections. Don Luigi combines the balsamicity of merlot with the ample and fruity aromas of the primitivo. The cherry ... Learn More
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  7. Cantina Ionis Primitivo di Manduria 2016
    A red ruby-coloured wine. An intricate well decided scent. At first it bouquets a sweetly vanilla flavour and forest fruits combined with peculiar ripe fruit scents of plums and morello. After the malolactic fermentation the “new wine” follows refining in ... Learn More
  8. Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2015
    California is famous for producing world class Zinfandel, and the Seghesio family are renowned for their exceptional contribution. Founder Edoardo Seghesio first planted Zinfandel vines in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley in 1895. The winemaking is currently in the hands of fourth ... Learn More
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  9. Dudognon Napolean - 15Years
    Goes well with a cigar at room temperature, very fine cognac. Light shiny yellow. ... Learn More
  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
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  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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  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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