Cognac, Red Blends

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. ALL SAINTS THE KEEP TAWNY PORT NV
    A tawny colour with a hint of red. The aroma is a mix of ripe berry fruit and rancio characters from extended barrel maturation. On the palate there is ripe fruit giving a generous mouth feel with hints of vanilla ... Learn More
  2. MARETTI LANGHE ROSSO 2018
    A fruit-driven Barbera (75%) and Nebbiolo (25%) blend. The nose is expressive and inviting with aromas of fresh red fruits overlaid by notes of dried herbs, forest undergrowth and aniseed. The palate is medium bodied and well balanced with a by core ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  3. MARETTI LANGHE ROSSO 2017
    A fruit-driven Barbera (75%) and Nebbiolo (25%) blend. The nose is expressive and inviting with aromas of fresh red fruits overlaid by notes of dried herbs, forest undergrowth and aniseed. The palate is medium bodied and well balanced with a by core ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  4. MARETTI LANGHE ROSSO 2016
    A fruit-driven Barbera (75%) and Nebbiolo (25%) blend. The nose is expressive and inviting with aromas of fresh red fruits overlaid by notes of dried herbs, forest undergrowth and aniseed. The palate is medium bodied and well balanced with a by core ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  5. YANGARRA 'NOIR' 2019
    This top value red is just the latest step on winemaker Peter Fraser's march towards recreating his own McLaren Vale examples of the famous bends of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Here old vine Grenache combines with Mourvèdre, Shiraz, Cinsaut, Carignan, and ... Learn More
    YANGARRA 'NOIR' 2019
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    James Halliday
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  6. ALAIN JAUME COTES DU RHONE LES CHAMPAUVINS 2016
    Intense, brilliant garnet-red colour. It reveals lovely fruit, loads of body and a heady bouquet of ground peppers, raspberries cherry liqueur, currants, and spice box. Full-bodied and dense, it tastes more like a “baby Châteauneuf” than a Côtes ... Learn More
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    United Cellars Tasting Panel
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  7. BLUE POLES 'ALLOURAN' MERLOT CABERNET FRANC 2015
    A Bordeaux style blend of 74% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc. Lifted perfumed nose of cassis, plums and hints of spicy oak. Deep fruit flavours of plums with hints of berry. Notes of tobacco leaf, fine tanins and succulent acidity. Incredibly well ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  8. EXPRESS WINEMAKERS FOAMO PET NAT 2020
    Ryan O'Meara has a great handle on the Pet Nat wine style. O'Meara has a great handle on the Pet Nat wine style. His Foamo is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, a sort of bubble ... Learn More
  9. ZENATO VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIORE DOC 2016
    This classic wine from the Valpolicella area is made from 80% Corvina, 10% Rondinella and 10% Sangiovese grapes. A soft, elegant wine, full in flavour. Delicately perfumed, it is reminiscent of maraschino cherries and fruits of the wood. Dry & velvety, with a good ... Learn More
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  10. LA DAMA VALPOLICELLA DOC 2019
    The most authentic wine of Valpolicella, here no process is made between the grapes of the vineyards and the wine on the table. It is ready to drink already in the spring following the harvest and it perfectly suits the ... Learn More
  11. CA'DELLA SCALA ALLEGRETTO VALPOLICELLA DOC 2017
    From the vineyards of San Pietro in Cariano and Negrar, which have white chalky soils. A blend of Corvina 40%, Rondinella 30% and the very rare Corvinone 30%. The nose exhibits the classic rustic notes of ferrous earth, black olive, dried herbs and ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  12. ALAIN JAUME LIRAC 'CLOS SIXTE' 2015
    Intense inky colour. On the nose, aromas of red and black ripe fruit (kirsch and wild Blackberry) are dominant. The mouth is full, with aromas of blackcurrant liquor and spice. Tannins are both harmonious and elegant thanks to the fleshy ... Learn More
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    Mark Faber
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    Nick Butler
  13. LA DAMA VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO SUPERIORE 2017
    Grapes, wine-making, ageing: Corvina 50% and Corvinone 20%, Rondinella 25%, Molinara 5%. Grapes are collected during the first ten days of October and they are delicately pressed. then the first fermentation begins, which aims to preserve the fragrance and elegance of these grapes. At ... Learn More
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  14. OCHOTA BARRELS TEXTURE LIKE SUN SECTOR RED 2020
    In classic Taras style, there is nothing 'classic' about this blend. It's a playful bits 'n' pieces blend of Pinot Noir, Grenache, Gamay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Meunier, Fragola, Riesling, and Chardonnay which is wicked to drink. The blend sounds weird but ... Learn More
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  15. CA'DELLA SCALA MEZZOPIANO VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO SUPERIORE 2016
    Grapes are sourced from the north of Verona, in the hilly vineyards with medium density soil tending to be calcareous, situated in the villages of Negrar, Fumane, San Pietro In Cariano and Marano. Corvina (40%), Rondinella (30%), Corvinone (30%). The “Ripasso” technique is ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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  16. WOODLANDS 'CLEMENTINE' CABERNET MERLOT PETIT VERDOT 2016
    55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 15% Merlot, and 14% Petit Verdot. Gold (96 points) at the Margaret River Wine Show; one of the most competitive shows in the country. Woodlands believe 2016 will go down as one of if not the greatest vintages in history! The ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Gary Walsh
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  17. HENSCHKE KEYNETON EUPHONIUM 2015
    The classic Henschke Keyneton Euphonium Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, with a skerrick of cabernet franc (2%), is an Eden Valley-dominant Barossa blend, drawing from Cyril’s original plantings of shiraz in the Eden Valley in the 1960s. Traditional vinification and maturation ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Tyson Stelzer
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    James Suckling
  18. PHEASANT'S TEARS GEORGIA POLYPHONIA BLEND 2017
    A unique bottle and an important part of the history of wine: Polyphonia is the field blend of Pheasant's Tears' vine library block in Tibaani, Kakheti where they have categorized and preserved 417 of Georgia's 525 indigenous grape varieties. Yes, this wine ... Learn More
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  19. TISSOT ARBOIS 'DD' SANS SOUFRE 2016
    A 1/3 assemblage of the 3 Jura reds: Pinot Noir, Poulsard, Trousseau. Whole-bunch Pinot Noir with the rest destemmed by hand. Made using the same process as 50 years ago: a long maceration, no pump-overs and fermented for 3 months on skins in a ... Learn More
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  20. THE PAWN WINE CO. MATURANA TINTA 2018
    Maturana Tinta is a near-extinct red wine grape of Spain's most famous wine region, Rioja. Maturana used ot be one of the most popular grapes in Rioja until a vine disease made it almost completely extinct. The few Maturana wines ... Learn More
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  21. HENSCHKE KEYNETON EUPHONIUM 2008
    Henschke Euphonium was formerly known as Keyneton Estate – a blend of shiraz (75 percent), cabernet sauvignon (11 percent), merlot (8 percent) and cabernet franc. It spends time in a mix of French and American oak, 30 percent of it new. ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  22. ALAIN JAUME CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE LE MIOCENE 2017
    70% Grenache noir, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre. An intense dark-ruby colour. The nose develop aromas of ripe black fruit (such as blackberry), cherry and spice box. The palate reveals the presence of tannins, in high quantity and elegant. The finish is long ... Learn More
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    United Cellars Tasting Panel
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  23. ALAIN JAUME CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE LE MIOCENE 2018
    70% Grenache noir, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre. An intense dark-ruby colour. The nose develop aromas of ripe black fruit (such as blackberry), cherry and spice box. The palate reveals the presence of tannins, in high quantity and elegant. The finish is long ... Learn More
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    Joe Czerwinski
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  24. CH FLEUR CARDINALE 2018 (BONDED EN PRIMEUR)
    Ripe and juicy, this is a delicious wine with its fine tannins and acidity already in harmony. The structure of the wine is powerful with a dry core that will broaden out as the wine matures. ... Learn More
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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    Wine Spectator
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  25. DUDOGNON NAPOLEAN - 15YEARS
    Goes well with a cigar at room temperature, very fine cognac. Light shiny yellow. ... Learn More
  26. ONLINE TASTING PACK - EXPLORING BUBBLES THURSDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 6.30PM AEDT

    Wine education made fun and entertaining, let's explore some new and classic bubbles together just in time for the festive season.

    Join us for the ultimate Christmas debate, which bubbles to drink! We'll have three of our ... Learn More

  27. 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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    Wine and Spirits Magazine
  28. DOM VIEUX TELEGRAPHE CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE 'LA CRAU' 2017
    While the greatness of 2016 goes unquestioned here, Owner and winemaker Daniel Brunier called 2017, "At minimum, a very, very good vintage. We were surprised it's so fresh and balanced." Yields were down by about 50% from the previous year. The emphasis here ... Learn More
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. ONLINE TASTING PACK - ITALIAN WINE FROM NORTH TO SOUTH, 4 WEEK COURSE

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains a bottle of 12 different wines to be opened during a series of 4 online tastings held throughout May and early June 2020. During the COVID-19 lockdown, we will be ... Learn More

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    Mark Faber
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    Mark Faber
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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    Gary Walsh
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  33. SEPPELTSFIELD 'PARA VINTAGE TAWNY' 1954 (100ML)
    The taste of history and prestige. The very finest parcels of Grenache and Shiraz are selected each year from the Seppeltsfield estate vineyards and reserved for the crafting of Centennial Collection releases. Amongst other traditional techniques, the fruit is crushed ... Learn More
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  34. 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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  35. 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
  36. ANTINORI SOLAIA 2016
    Solaia is a 50 acre (20 hectare) vineyard with a southwestern exposure located at an altitude between 1150 and 1325 feet (350-400 meters) above sea level and with a stony soil of “alberese” (hard limestone) and “galestro” (flaky calcareous clay) rock. The vineyard is ... Learn More
    ANTINORI SOLAIA 2016
    $750.00 Per item
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    James Suckling
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    Antonio Galloni
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  37. ANTINORI SOLAIA 2015
    "Thick extraction and quality fruit craft a memorable wine that will last many long and happy years in your cellar." - Wine EnthusiastDrinking beautifully now, 2014-2026 ... Learn More
    ANTINORI SOLAIA 2015
    $784.99 Per item
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    Wine Spectator
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  38. 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
  39. 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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