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.
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.
Launched at the prestigious Vinexpo event in 2013, Dupuy Luxus Tentation was part of the brand's rebranding to appeal to new markets. Part of the Bache Gabrielsen portfolio, the house has been making high quality Cognacs since 1852.
Leopold Gourmel's 10 year old offering carries the name 'Age du Fruit'. This is a structured and rich style of Cognac that is a favourite with wine lovers and complements Scandinavian and Asian cuisine.
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.
Frapin's Signature Cognac is produced entirely from grapes grown in the house's own vineyards, which lie within the Grande Champagne area, the top 'cru' of the Cognac region. The family settled in South West France in 1270 as wine growers and have now been distilling for 20 generations.
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.
This is the most decorated cognac that we know of. It has won 5 Gold Medals at Concours Général de Paris since 2000, plus numerous medals at the IWSC. In 2009, Paul Beau was awarded a special prize in Paris for the consistency of their products. An exceptional cognac, with plenty of “rancio” flavour.
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.