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One of the most popular cognacs in the world, from the powerhouse, Rémy Martin. A blend of eaux-de-vie from 4 to 12 years of age. Not only that, but this VSOP has a content of over 55% Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie, the highest cru, whilst the...
The slightly older brother to Courvoisier’s VS entry bottling, this Cognac has been aged for a minimum for between 8 and 12 years in a mixture of Limousin and Troncais oak barrels. The House still select the four finest “crus’ (roughly...
One of the world’s most famous spirits, this Cognac is known as “the toast of Paris’. A favourite of many notable drinkers from Napoleon, who famously took several hundred bottles for his period in exile, to Gustave Eiffel, who toasted his...
First founded by an Irishman (who was also responsible for the creation of now ubiquitous Cognac grading system), Hennessy has been distilling for over 250 years, so they know a thing or two about making quality cognac. One of the most famous...
Designed as a stop-gap between the VS and VSOP grades, this is a beautifully bottled cognac, a spritely youthful blend- a delightfully fruity spirit, and wonderfully drinkable. The value of this bottle is quite staggering, and as such it is ideal...
One of the finest bottles of Cognac of this age that we’ve come across in recent years, this striking bottling comes from De Luze (originally founded in New York as an importer of wine and spirits). Redesigned in 2011, the bottle now better...
Miniature bottles of the Courvoisier standard range: VS, VSOP and XO. These miniatures allow the drinker to sample a great selection of Cognacs very inexpensively- from the creamy, easy-going VS, to the spicy, fruity VSOP to the decadent and...
Perhaps the quintessential after-dinner cognac, this is a spicy, woody decadent affair. The distinctive nutty quality that has maintained Martell enviable reputation is evident here, making this the ideal accompaniment to all manner of chocolate...
First founded in 1759 in Jarnac by an Irishman, James Delamain, the company enjoys an enviable reputation in the world of Cognac. Since the brand’s revival in 1924, they have produced some of the best spirit in the region.Astonishingly, this is...
Designed as a stepping stop between the youthful VS and their older expressions, Accord Royal is named after King Louis XV’s permission to allow Rémy Martin to use royal grounds to plant the vines for his eaux-de-vie. More recently, the hip-hop...
An absolute monster of a cognac from Rémy Martin, who set incredibly high standards for XOs with this astonishing release. XOs, by law, have to be at least 6 (10 since 2016) years old, though they usually are much older. What is very unusual about...
Also known as No. 35, this is one of the best bottlings from one of the most highly regarded estates in Cognac. Ragnaud Sabourin grows all of their grapes in the premier cru of Grande Champagne, widely seen as the finest area in the Cognac region....
A fantastic Cognac from De Luze. The company was first established as an importer of Cognac and wine into New York. They later began to purchase land in Cognac to ensure a steady supply of good quality spirit, and now owns over 430 hectares of...
Coming from one of the most renown Cognac houses in the region of Grand Champagne, this is a single estate Cognac. For those unfamiliar with the term, this is the Cognac equivalent of a single malt, and is considered by connoisseurs the best way of...
Meukow is a very interesting distillery indeed, first founded in the 1850s after the Russian Emperor Alexander II sent two brothers, Auguste-Christophe and Gustave Meukowin, to found a Cognac house in the famous spirits region. This explains why it...
The big daddy of the Courvoisier line, a peerless classic from the nearly two-centuries old Cognac producers. A winner of a Gold Medal in the 2014 Cognac Masters, this Cognac has been consistently recognised as one of the very best in production....
A cognac for a Very Important Person! This is an extremely old cognac from Frapin, a cognac house of impeccable standing. Elegant and poised, with notes of spun sugar, polished wood and tropical fruit, this is a truly gorgeous cognac. As always with...
This entry level bottling from Martell must be one of the world’s most popular spirits, and one of the most recognisable. It was also the original cognac in many famous brandy cocktails, such as the peerless Brandy Crusta. At its price point, this...
Another stellar Cognac from Ragnaud Sabourin, a Cognac estate which continues to be family owned and can trace its history back to 1850. Florilege means ‘Anthology’ a fitting name for a cognac which is a true work of poetry, and documents the...
A beautiful disc-shaped bottle from one of the best Cognac houses in the business, the Frapin family have been distilling for over 20 generations. With such heritage, they really know what they are doing when it comes to making cognac, as...
A real rarity in the Cognac world, a bottling at both cask strength and featuring a specified age statement. This particularly Frapin has become known as something of a “malternative’- that is, a different spirit perfectly suited to the tastes...
Another excellent offering from Camus in their series of Cognacs looking closely at Île de Ré, a small island off the coast of Cognac. The island still lies in Bois Ordinaires region. For its first maturation, the eau-de-vieux is aged in a cellar...
This beautiful slim bottle comes from Frapin, and is produced at Château de Fontpinot- perhaps the best regarded Cognac House in the Grand Champagne region. This is a single-estate Cognac- for those unfamiliar with the term, this is the Cognac...
A wonderful Cognac produced using grapes from all six crus of the Cognac region. The fine old house of Camus is owned by a family of distillers, currently in their 5th generation. This is a cognac that represents the whole region, and is...
Another brilliant bottling from this little known Cognac producer. Giboin is a small-scale operation, with only 25 acres of vineyards. The soil at their farm is clay-like and low in acidity, making for a low-yield fruit with an intense concentration...
The Lot no. 20 Reserve Speciale from Ragnaud Sabourin. Ragnaud Sabourin is an esteemed family-owned Cognac estate which dates back to 1850. They are known for producing the highest quality Cognac from the premier cru Grande Champagne region. This...
A half sized bottle of the fabulous Frapin VSOP. Frapin has a big advantage over their competition, in that they own hundreds of hectares of vineyards, and only use their own grapes, assuring the quality of their spirit from grape to bottle. This...
Giboin produce some excellent cognac, yet have kept something of a low profile in the Cognac world. This interesting bottling uses grapes from the Fins Bois cru, which has a lot of soil similarity to the prestigious Champagne crus. Fins Bois has a...
Giboin Cognac is a marvelous small scale producer, with a great record of producing delicious bottles at very reasonable prices. This bottling of VSOP Cognac uses grapes from the Fins Bois cru, which is similar in soil to the world-renowned...
A fantastic cognac that demonstrates the entire region’s strengths. This lovely drop was created using eaux-de-vie from each of the six crus in Cognac. The result is a fantastically well blended Cognac with exceptional balance. Furthermore, being...
A quite incredible bottling that emphasises terroir. This is a cognac made using grapes grown on the Île de Ré, a tiny island in the Atlantic ocean, off the the coast of Cognac and lying in the Bois à Terroirs/Bois Ordinaires cru. This release...
A brilliant addition to Camus Cognac’s range of ultra-terroir cognacs, this brandy was both distilled and matured on the small island of Île de Ré, found just off the coast of Cognac. As such, the island is still considered part of the Cognac...
This is the youngest Cognac produced by the fine old house of Camus, being a VS it has been aged for 2 years in casks. The bottle has recently had a striking re-design, featuring a “cocktail” measure built into the cap. This makes it ideal for...
One of the more traditional Cognac estates in the region, this house has been in the same family for 6 generations. The Montifaud vineyards sprawl over 300 acres, and across the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne premier crus, widely considered...
A highly traditional Cognac estate that has been in the same family for 6 generations. Montifaud has a little over 300 acres of vineyard, spanning both the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne premier crus (widely considered to be the two finest...
Interestingly enough, this famous old house of Cognac was first founded by an Irishman, James Delamain, in Jarnac in 1759. Since being revived in 1924, the producer has become famed for its unrelenting commitment to producing Cognac of the highest...
A beautiful 15 year old (age stated cognac!) from the grand old house of Frapin. Bottled at the slightly higher strength of 42%, this cognac is typically Frapin, with wonderful floral honey notes, and a little old oak from the extra age. Frapin owns...
A beautiful single estate cognac from veteran Cognac House Frapin. Designed to be enjoyed with a cigar, whisky drinkers might be familiar with this practice from Dalmore’s celebrated “Cigar Malt’ whisky. Similarly, this is a very rich cognac,...
An outstanding bottle from a prestigious producer, proving their worth with this wonderful entry level drop. Presented in a classy bottle, the packaging is testament to the high quality of spirit within, an eaux-de-vie created from exclusively the...
A little known distillery that is producing some of the most delicious Cognac in the region. They use a very interesting still, which has a large condensing bulb attached to the spirit still with a sort of lyne arm. These distillery is found in the...
Giboin is a small scale Cognac producer, which only has 25 acres of vineyards. Yet what they do make is extremely high in quality, and it is a house of Cognac that deserves more attention. The soil at Giboin’s Borderies region farm is rich in clay...
Giboin produce some of the best small-batch Cognac in the region, with each bottle featuring its lot number. Their vineyard is merely 25 acres in size, and located in the Borderies cru of Cognac. This farm features a soil low in acidity and rich in...
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Cognac has historically been recognised the premier artisan spirit in the world with well earned reputation for quality that is the envy of the distilling world. Cognac is typified by fruity, intense flavours, staggering balance and complexity, yet it is a spirit of enormous variety, with different distilleries offering very different products.
The term brandy is a corruption of the Dutch word “brandewijn” meaning “burned wine”, and is a spirit produced by distilling wine. Whilst the famous classifications are in English (despite the French origin of the spirit) due to the spirit’s popularity in English high society during the 18th and 19th centuries, a fact that demonstrates Cognac’s lasting and widespread fame.
Many brandies are produced around the world, yet by far the two most famous are Cognac, and Armagnac, both produced in France. Cognac is widely recognised as the finest brandy available, and differs from Armagnac in that it is twice distilled. The spirit takes its name from the town of Cognac in the far west of France. This town is home to many of the great Cognac houses of the industry: Martell, Hine, Remy-Martin, Hennessy, to name but a few. Some families, such as Frapin, have been operating in the region since the 13th century.
Cognac is produced using different varieties of grapes, though Ugni Blanc is by far the most popular. Rather, grapes tend to be classified by their “Cru”, a regional sorting system that rings around the town of Cognac, with those more central being valued highest. These regions are very regulated and tautly defined, ensuring that the consumer is aware of the quality of the spirit. Cognac grapes differ quite drastically from wine grapes, however, with Cognac grapes proving far more bitter and acidic than their vinous relatives, meaning that whilst French wine may enjoy a good season, Cognac may not, and vice versa.
All Cognac is aged in Limousin Oak casks, and age of maturation is bound by strict rules through classifications. Very Special (VS) Cognac can contain brandy no younger than 2 years old, whilst Very Superior Old Pale (VSOP) can contain brandy no younger than 4 years old, and the highest classification Extra Old (XO) cannot contain brandy younger than 10 years old (rising from 6 years due to a 2016 law change). There is a further classification: Hors d’Âge, or Vintage, which is effectively an extension of the XO category, but allows producers to illustrate that these Cognac is of extreme age.
Cognac has been at the top of the spirits world for nearly three centuries, and during this history has been the toast of kings, inventors and revolutionaries alike. It formed the basis for many of the classic cocktails that remain on menus around the globe to this day, and is truly a magnificent and delicious spirit that every drinker of discernment should sample.
Early cognac history is tied closely to the history of French wine.
Roman Emperor Titus Flavius Domitianus bans the practice of wine making.
Marcus Aurelius Probus, another Roman Emperor lifts the ban, and wine begins to be made again in the South-West of France.
The Duke of Guyenne and Poitiers Guillaume X., orders the planting of vineyards in the Charente region, where the town of Cognac is found.
Travelling merchants from England arrive at La Rochelle, the closest major seaport to Cognac to buy and sell wine.
Wine from the Cognac region is sold in Hamburg markets.
The Frapin family, who would later establish one of Cognac’s finest distilleries, first settle in the Cognac region.
Cognac wine is exported heavily to Britain as the 100 years war begins between France and England.
Brandy is distilled in the Armagnac region by farmers as a means of using up surplus grapes.
François I, an important figure in Cognac’s history, is born in the town. He later became king of France, and allowed trade along the Charente region’s rivers.
Merchants from Holland purchase wine from what would now be called the Borderies and Champagne Crus. After realising the wine would often spoil on the return journey, they began to distil it to a spirit as a means of reducing bulk and preserving the stock. This was known as a Brandwijn, or “Burnt Wine”, which gave rise to the name “Brandy”. Once back in Holland however, water was added to return the liquid to a wine-like proof, it was rarely drank neat. It was around this time that the first effects of oak barrels on the brandy were noticed.
At the start of this century, famed German alchemist and botanist published Liber de Arte Destillandi, a key text on the art of distilling.
Brandy is made in Cognac for the first time, reported by André Castelo, a chronicler, who states that a merchant from La Rochelle came to the town and produced 4 casks of good distilled spirit.
The Aunis region is producing far more wine than there is demand, meaning that the Dutch merchants are distilling the excess amount down to a spirit. The word Brandy appears for the first time.
The second occurrence of an eau-de-vie being made in Cognac town, with a purchase by a Mr. Serazin noted.
The practice of double distillation is experimented by wine merchants for the first time, initially to further reduce the volume of liquid for easy transportation and more available room on ships.
The Cognac Houses have a different, less accurate, yet more romantic story about how double distillation was first invented. The legend has it that the knight Jacques de la Croix Maron, the Lord of Segonzac, dreamt the Devil tried to damn his soul by boiling it in a huge cauldron. Yet, the knight’s faith was so strong, that the Devil had to boil it a second time. Terrifying stuff, never the less, the knight was inspired to apply the same principle to his eaux-de-vie, creating the double distillation process.
A distillery is founded by two Dutchmen, Van Der Boogwert and Loo Deyijck, in Tonnay-Charente, near Cognac.
Riots occur in protest of the high rate of tax on wine, which meant that production and retail was extremely difficult.
British merchant Lewes Roberts mentions a wine known as “Rotchell or Cogniacke.”
Wine-maker Philippe Augier founds Augier cognac house, which later becomes Augier Frères.
The London Gazette mentions, for the first time, “Cogniack” Brandy.
Louis XIV gives the house of Frapin an aristocratic status.
Trading houses are created which sell eaux-de-vie to sell to buyers in England, Holland and beyond in Europe.
Large parts of the vineyards in Saintonge are deverstated by a cold winter.
Claude Masses claims this is the year that double distillation was first invented, by a man in La Rochelle.
Channel Islander Jean Martell founds Martell Cognac, one of the most well renown distilleries in the region.
Paul-Emilie Rémy Martin alongside his father Jean Geay found Rémy Martin.
Isaac Ranson starts a trading house in Cognac, shipping eaux-de-vie to Holland and Ireland.
Louis XV bans the planting of new vineyards without prior permission.
Exports of Cognac rise considerably.
At Ransom & Delamain in Jarnac, James Delamain (an Irishman) rises to the position of partner in the firm.
Richard Hennessy, Irishman and former army officer, founds Hennessy Cognac.
In the centre of Cognac there are now ten trading houses selling the spirit around Europe.
Limousin oak casks have become the standard barrel.
Hennessy begins exporting Cognac brandy to Northern America, particularly New York.
Hennessy marries Martha Martell, meanwhile the Baron Jean-Baptiste Antione Otard with Jean Dupuy found the distillery Cognac Otard, as the spirits popularity continues to rise.
Just as other distilling families in Cognac have entwined, Thomas Hine and Elisabeth Delamain marry.
By this century cognac had stopped being sold by the barrel, but in bottles which are smaller, and more affordable for the customer. This leads to the creation of a side industry- that of bottle and cork making. The end of this century would spell disaster for the brandy industry as blight destroys most of the vineyards in Cognac.
Emmanuel Courvoisier begins selling wine and spirits in the suburb of Bercy in Paris, alongside Louis Gallois the mayor of Bercy at the time. At this point they merely sold the product.
Napoleon Bonaparte visits the Courvoisier warehouses in Bercy in 1811, and later demanded that his military forces have a ration of Cognac.
Napoleon is exiled to St. Helena, taking with him several casks of Cognac from Courvoisier’s warehouses, which first gave rise to the term “Napoleon Brandy.”
Thomas Hine & Co. Cognac is founded. The first classifications appear as VOP (Very Old Pale) and VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale).
Alecandre Bisquit founds Bisquit cognac.
Roullet & Delamain cognac house is founded in Jarnac by Henri Delamain and cousin Paul Roullet.
Felix Courvoisier and Jules Gallois, the sons of founders Emmanuel and Louis wanted to ensure a constant supply of premium spirit, and thus moved the company to Jarnac, nearby to Cognac.
King Louis Phillipe first purchases a barrel of Pineau de Charentes, an aperitif created with a small amount of Cognac.
Courvoisier moves into a magnificent Château on the banks Charente. This remains their global headquarters.
Alfred de Vigny, famous poet and translator of Shakespeare begins to produce his own Cognac.
Martell becomes the first Cognac house to label its bottles.
For the first time, Cognac is shipped to Australian shores.
The Sazerac cocktail, one of the finest in the world, is first invented in New Orleans, using Cognac as the base spirit.
The first “Crus” appear, as the Cognac regions are mapped, they are named: Grande Champagne, Petit Champagne, Premier Bois and Deuxième Bois.
Hennessy starts to produce and label bottles.
A.E. Dor Cognac House is founded in Jarnac.
For the first time, Martell ships its spirit to Shanghai in China.
Jean-Baptisite Camus founds the Camus Cognac House.
The iconic Hennessy axe-in-hand logo is registered as a trademark, as is the brand name.
A year later, Hennessy begins to use a star classification system for its brandies.
Napoleon’s heir, Napoleon III requested Courvoisier supply him with Cognac.
A new map of the Cognac region emerges with the zones of Fins Bois and Bons Bois added.
Phylloxera rears its ugly head in the Cognac region, destroying much of the grape crop and Cognac’s hold on the spirits industry, as the Whisky market booms in response.
Courvoisier labels its bottles for the first time.
The size of vineyards in the Cognac region is estimated at 300,000 hectares.
Resident of Cognac Claude Boucher, creates a new machine to make bottles, ensuring a more consistent solidity and regularity of structure.
Gold medals are awarded to Frapin and Courvoisier for their spirits at the 1889 Paris World Exposition.
Having stood at 300,000 hectares merely 13 years previously, the vineyards now only occupied 40,000 hectares of land, due to the full bite of the grape blight.
Hennessy is established as world market leader in the Cognac industry.
The six regions of Cognac become defined and protected by law.
The golden age of cocktails sees Cognac based cocktails extremely popular.
Hennessy and Martell exchange tips about export markets, with the agreement lasting until 1952.
The term ‘Fine Champagne’ is first used on bottles of Rémy Martin VSOP.
Courvoisier first use Napoleon in their marketing.
Stricter rules about the production of Cognac are introduced: no sugar may be added during production, and the wine distilled must be made out of white grapes. In response to the blight, grape vines have been imported from America, with Ugni Blanc replacing Folle Blanch and Colombard as the most popular variety used.
African-American soldiers were stationed in South-West France during and immediately after the Second World War, gaining a taste for Cognac, which they brought back to America. Earlier in the century, black performers such as Josephine Baker enjoyed Cognac, the beginning of a long association between black American musicians and the spirit- a connection that would work in Cognac’s favour at the end of the century. Indeed, Jazz, and other black art-forms were appreciated in France before America, and thus for African-Americans this was the spirit of a nation that admired their culture rather than admonishing it. Considering that bourbon, the national spirit of the States, appealed to Confederate sensibilities and nationalism, and that many distilleries were founded with slave labour, it is no surprise that many in the black community preferred cognac.
The Bureau National Interprofessionel de Cognac is founded. Known as the BNIC, this is the governing body for Cognac, but also representing the spirit’s interest on a national scale.
Courvoisier is the first cognac to advertise on television.
Courvoisier is bought by the Canadian drinks giants Hiriam-Walker.
Pernod Ricard buys Bisquit Cognac.
Hennessy and Moet-Chandon join forces to become Moet-Hennessy. Meanwhile, Hine is purchased by The Distillers Limited.
Courvoisier receives the Prestige de la France award, the highest accolade of French quality, and remains the only Cognac house to be given this prestigious honour.
Courvoisier changes hands again, having been bought by Allied Domecq.
The one of the world’s largest luxury goods companies is formed when Louis Vuitton merges with Moet-Hennessy, creating Louis Vuitton Moet-Hennessy, or LVMH as it is known.
Seagram purchases Martell.
This decade saw an upturn in the fortunes of Cognac, after suffering during the Tequila and Vodka booms of the 70s and 80s. This was thanks in no small part to the references to the spirit by rappers such as the Notorious B.I.G., Tupac and Busta Rhymes.
Over 87,000 hectares of vineyards exist in Cognac.
Pernod Ricard buys Seagram with Diageo, and thus acquires Martell. Meanwhile Hennessy breaks the record for highest sales in a year, with 35 million bottles.
Moet Hennessy wins a landmark trial against counterfeit Cognac in China.
LVMH buys a majority stake in Wenjun Distillery, one of China’s top brandy producers.
China is Hennessy’s largest market.
Hennessy announces that it will plant a vineyard in China in a partnership with the state agricultural company, demonstrating how the spirit has gone from provincial farm industry, to world-wide powerhouse.