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 very old cognac from E Normandin, distilled in 1875 in the midst of the Phylloxera epidemic that destroyed grape vines all over Europe. An incredible slice of spirit history from a time of incredible adversity for the Cognac makers.
The top of the range cognac from Courvoisier - L'Esprit de Cognac. An incredible blend of eaux-de-vie, the youngest from the 1930s and stretching back to Napoleonic times. A very special cognac, presented in a Lalique crystal decanter.
Frapin Cuvée 1888 honours company founder Piere Frapin, who in 1888 selected the cuvee that won a Gold Medal at the World Fair in Paris. Some of the cognacs used in the assemblage pre-date 1888, and a high proportion of the little-seen Folle Blanche grape is used. Presented in a crystal decanter with a spiral of gold thread and a 24-carat gold stopper, plus a gilded fob watch containing a block of Pierre Frapin perfume.
A magnum of Rémy Martin's famed super-premium cognac, the Louis XIII, presented in a large numbered Baccarat crystal decanter. This set includes the presentation box and numbered stopper, but not the numbered booklet.
A very special release of pre-phylloxera cognac from the 1848 vintage, the year of the February Revolution in France which led to the Second Republic ruled by Napoleon III. Bottled in 2002 from the private collection of the company's former chairman Jacques Hardy.
L'Esprit de Cognac is Courvoisier's ne plus ultra expression of one of the world's noblest spirits, and has been crafted from some of the finest Cognac vintages of the last 200 years - the youngest eau-de-vie used in the assemblage is from 1930, while the oldest dates from the Napoleonic era.
A very limited and sought after cognac from the house of Delamain. A blend of their finest old Grande Champagne cognacs presented in a Baccarat decanter itself sat inside a fan-shaped gift box styled after an old school camera's bellows.
This bottle can only be described as an extraordinary piece of history. We estimate that this cognac was produced prior to the phylloxera infestation that ravaged the vineyards of France in the 1800s. One can only imagine how different the contents of this bottle are in comparison to the Cognacs of today.
A very special edition of Hine's Triomphe cognac, the Talent de Thomas Hine celebrates the arrival in France of the company's founder. The cognac is presented in a Baccarat crystal decanter with 4 crystal glasses and is packaged in an ebony and mahogany cigar humidor.
One of the oldest cognacs available anywhere, this is from the historic Sazerac de Forge et Fils house, which produced the cognac used in the creation of the first Sazerac cocktail in New Orleans in the middle of the 19th century.
The fourth and final entry in Hardy's Perfection Essential Elements series, Earth (aka Terre) is a blend of cognacs reaching back to the pre-phylloxera era of the 1870s. This rare and impressive spirit is presented in a DAUM made crystal decanter.
Part of Hardy's Essential Elements Perfection series, Lumière (Light in English) is blended from pre-phylloxera cognac put aside by house founder Antoine Hardy in the 1870s. Distilled from 100% Colombard grapes all from the area now known as Grande Champagne this is an incredible, rare old cognac.