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 special edition cognac from Hine, produced by Cellar Master Eric Forget to honour Thomas Hine, the house's founder. It's a blend of three early landed Grande Champagne cognacs from 1984, 1986 and 1987 which were matured in the UK, as well as some extra old cognac from the Hine cellars in Jarnac.
An old bottling of Delamain Pale & Dry, their excellent long-aged XO Cognac. Due to the back label stating an old address for Metzendorff, the importers, we estimate that this bottle dates from the early 1990s.
A bottle of 20 year old Frapin Cognac distilled in 1991. 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.
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.
The Paradis de Famille is the oldest currently available Cognac from the Drouet domain. It contains Eau-de-Vie of between 25 and 30 years old combined to make Drouet’s most refined and elegant Cognac. This Cognac has won many medals over the last few years including a Gold Medal at the Concours Général Agricole Paris in 2007.
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.
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).