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 rich Grande Champagne cognac using old and increasingly rare Folle Blanche grapes as well as the more common Ugni Blanc. Bache Gabrielsen cognac is one to look out for - the quality coming from this producer is superb, and it's only a matter of time before they attract more mainstream attention.
Vesper is a special cuvee from Delamain, with the cognacs used all coming from the Grande Champagne area and having an average age of around 35 years old. After assemblage, the blend is returned to oak casks for a further two years to marry. A dense, rich cognac showing plenty of leather & tobacco flavours.
A sister cognac to the multi-award-winning Dupuy Hors d'Age, this Extra is a long-aged, impeccably-constructed cognac whose simple packaging belies the incredible sophistication and complexity of the bottles's contents. This hidden gem won 'Best in Class' at the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) in 2009.
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 special edition ceramic decanter from Camus, produced in celebration of the 1984 Olympic games in Los Angeles (although as they don't mention the word 'Olympic' on the decanter it could be an unofficial tie-in).
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.