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.
An old bottle of Camus Extra Cognac presented in a rather interesting tall bottle. This would have been bottled during the 1980s. The presentation has since moved on to a more conventional flat, square bottle.
An old bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée Champagne which appears to have been bottled around the 1980s. Krug helps to dispel the myth that Champagne is made to be drunk upon release and bottles with ten years or even more bottle ageing are truly magical.
The third of Frapin's not-as-revolutionary-a-concept-as-they'd-like-you-to-think 'Multi Millesime' (multi-vintage) special cuvee bottlings and, while we might quibble about the concept, there's no arguing with the quality - these are spectacular cognacs. A triumph.
Delemain's excellent Très Venerable Cognac de Grande Champagne, blended from spirit averaging 45-50 years of age, and cut from a strength of 45% down to 40% using old, weaker eaux-de-vie to maximise the depth of flavour.
An elegant decanter from Leyrat, containing their Glory Extra Cognac. This cognac has come from a group of barrels hidden at the back of Leyrat's "Chai Paradise" cellar. There are no records as to how long the casks had sat maturing, but it's at least 40 years old.