For the past three centuries cognac has been almost universally recognised as the finest of all the spirits that are distilled from grapes. It has many incomparable qualities: fruitiness, subtlety of bouquet, intensity, warmth and, above all, the complexity of the many thousands of styles and flavours from a (predominantly) single grape variety. Read More »
Frapin VIP XO is a spicy and floral cognac with lots of the characteristics that you'd expect from a Grande Champagne heavy blend of eaux-de-vie. This was the only cognac served on British Airways Concorde flights.
A bottle of Monnet Anniversaire Cognac, which we estimate was bottled in the 1960s. The house was once run Jean Monnet, who would go on to be one of the 11 founding fathers of the European Union, along with a certain Winston Churchill.
A 1960s bottling of E. Normandin cognac, designated as a 3 star, today known as VS. The house was founded in 1755, but merged with other Cognac houses in the mid 20th century to form GEMACO, which today is owned by Marie Brizard.
An old bottling of Grande Champagne Cognac from Le Pible by legendary independent bottlers Berry Brothers & Rudd. This was shipped to the UK in 1975 and bottled at their premises in Basingstoke, Hampshire in 1980.
An old bottle of Cognac from Marcel Ragnaud named 'Fontvieille No.35' – today this is produced under the Ragnaud-Sabourin label. The grapes for this were all grown in the Grande Champagne area – 60% Ugni Blanc, with the remaining 40% a combination of Folle Blanche and Colombard.