Special Cuvées are cognacs that are not labelled with the standard classifications of VS, VSOP and XO. Included in this section are Napoleon and Extra cognacs (aged, like XOs, a minimum of six years before bottling) alongside a great variety of vintage cognacs and other proprietary bottlings.
A 20cl quarter-bottle of A E Dor's fabulous Cigar Cognac. Best with a medium-weight cigar, this has a toasty nose with the house's appley trademark style, with a leathery, spicy palate and finish thanks to some eaux-de-vie sourced from the Fins Bois and Borderies regions.
Conjure is a collaboration between Cognac producer Birkedal Hartmann and American rapper Chris "Ludacris" Bridges. Produced from Ugni Blanc grapes grown all around the Cognac region, this is a blend of eaux de vie of differing ages natured in old Limousin oak barrels to provide a rich and complex Cognac.
A 2011 repackaging for Hennessy's Fine de Cognac, a youthful blend pitched somewhere between VS and VSOP. This is a stylish cognac equally at home in a quality cocktail or as a digestif. Excellent value for money.
A cognac from liqueur experts Merlet, distillers since 1850. This has been created to express the characters of Gilles Merlet's sons Pierre and Luc - enthusiastic and determined. It's a blend of eaux-de-vie aged between 4 and 10 years and should work well on it's own or as an ingredient in a brandy showcasing cocktail.
Premières Saveurs is the 6 year old offering from Leopold Gourmel. Produced from particularly rich and aromatic grapes which, when distilled, pass these characteristics on to the spirit. A delicate and elegant style of Cognac.
1840 is an addition to the Pierre Ferrand cognac range that has a bit of history. Based on the 3 star cognacs much favoured by the pioneering bartenders of the 19th century this has been designed to work perfectly in classic cocktails. It's also a bit punchier than the others in the range, bottled at 45% for a more concentrated flavour that should sing out in a mixed drink.
One of Remy Martin's recent releases, Coeur de Cognac (Heart of Cognac) is distilled very slowly for extra smoothness and vibrant fruitiness and is designed to offer non-Cognac drinkers an accessible premium quality product.
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).