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 »
An innovative age-statement cuvée from Courvoisier - unusual for the big houses to be so explicit about maturation time for their creations, but the 12yo label on this Borderies-based blend should have a broad appeal & perhaps even makes it more accessible to drinkers of other brown spirits (eg whisky).
Hennessy's Pure White Cognac is a light, fresh and fruity young cognac designed for easy drinking on the rocks and in cocktails. We're delighted to have been able to obtain some, it's rarely seen outside the Caribbean.
Paul Beau's Vielle Reserve is rich and densely-textured cognac, as seems to be the house style from this producer. Soft as a fluffy cushion to begin with, then slowly grips hold of the tastebuds. Honey and fine-grained oak tannins are here, but the balance is provided by the mouthwatering fruit. Extrememly classy stuff.
A half bottle of 20 year old Frapin Cognac distilled in 1989. Starting as winegrowers in 1270, the Frapin family moved into distillation in due course. Based in Chateau Fontpinot in Segonzac, Frapin are one of the highly regarded producers in the region. This bottle is presented in a delightful leather case.
A litre bottle of Hennessy's VS Collector's Edition. The rather bright label was designed by New York-based artist Brian Donnelly (aka KAWS). The Cognac itself is a blend of around 40 different 'eaux de vie' aged for 2-5 years and is one of the world's best selling cognacs.
A Courvoisier named to celebrate Napoleon's great love for Courvoisier. This is slightly problematic, given that Napoleon I died fourteen years before Courvoisier was founded, but he did apparently tour wine & spirit merchant Emmanuel Courvoisier's cellars once, and Napoleon III did make Courvoisier an official supplier to the Imperial Court in 1869. That's good enough for the marketing department.