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 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.
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).
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.