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 »
A rare cognac, limited to the contents of a few large glass demijohns discovered by A E Dor in a small cellar of a property in Grande Champagnes. Number 10 was matured in casks until it reached 41.5% abv and was then transferred into the demijohns, where it has sat since 1965. A very limited release.
An impressive and very limited release by A E Dor as part of their numbered Vieilles Reserves range. Number 9 was matured for half a century in oak casks until it hit the minimum legal strength of 40%. At that point, in 1964, it was transferred into large glass demijohns where it has sat, not ageing any further, until bottled. A rather special Cognac.
Number 11 is one of the pinnacles of A E Dor's Vieilles Reserve range. It was blended by the late Odile Rivière, the former blending manager, from only Grande Champagne cognac aged for a minumum of 70 years, with some eau-de-vie being even older. A non-fussy but very high quality Cognac.
A beautiful Baccarat crystal decanter sealed in 24-carat gold and filled with Martell eaux-de-vie aged an average of sixty years - this is becoming increasingly valuable to collectors as the supply dwindles.
An impressive 2011 release from Hennessy, the Paradis Imperial is a blend of rare 19th and 20th century cognacs inspired by the cognac that the company created in 1818 for Tsar Alexander I as a present from his mother. It's packaged in an elegant crystal decanter designed by Stephanie Balini and features an 18-carat gold plated label.