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 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.
A long-aged XO-style aged reserve cognac from the Chez Maillard house of Leyrat, an excellent boutique single estate cognac producer. This is one of their most highly-regarded cuvées, winning a string of medals at international competitions.
An elegant fruitbomb, this medium-bodied Vieille Reserve from respected single estate producers Guillon Painturaud is quite a feminine cognac, delicate and approachable with ripe raisin & fig flavours.
First bottled in 1912 by Edouard Martell, this classic cognac is Martell's flagship brand and has become synonymous with the highest standard of quality. Cordon Bleu remains many connoisseurs' favourite expression of Martell.
A Cognac specially designed to be an accompaniment to a cigar, put together by A E Dor. It's a blend that includes Petite and Grande Champagne cognacs as well as a number of spirits that have been aged in new oak casks - this gives an extra woodiness that helps the Cognac stand up to a cigar's flavours.
An old bottle of Hawker's Grande Fine Champagne Cognac, with a cork stopper closure. Bottle by James Hawker & Co, who operated from their Plymouth premises from 1808 until the 1980s, we estimate this bottle dates from the 1970s.
Aged around 30 years in oak before bottling, this Hors d'Age from Guillon Painturaud retains the house style of medium-weighted spirits still very vibrantly fruity even at this great age. This style of cognac will appeal to fans of Remy Martin rather than some of the more weighty big-hitters like Hennessy.
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.