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.
Delamain is a well regarded Cognac house, whose house style is about elegance and subtlety rather than out-and-out power. This is an old bottling of the now defunct Tres Vieux Cognac de Grande Champagne.
A 1975 vintage Cognac from Hine, aged in Jarnac. 1975 was a great vintage for grape growing in Coganc, just as it was in nearby Bordeuax and this has led to a powerful Cognac dominated by tannins and spices.
A blend of around a hundred full bodied eaux-de-vie relaunched in 2009 by Yann Fillioux as a tribute to James Hennessy. Privé is a poised and harmonious cognac that is delicious as a sipping drink, or even as a match for sweet interprandial snacks.
A prestige cuvee from Martell, creation Grand Extra is created using some of the oldest and most delicious eaux-de-vie at the company's disposal, and packaged in a visually arresting curved bottle, whose daring design may well end up as a classic.
An old presentation of Delamain's massively popular Reserve de la Famille cognac, made entirely from grapes grown in the Grande Champagne region of Cognac. We estimate that this was bottled sometime in the 1980s.
A beautiful bottle of 50 year-old cognac from the Croizet house, one of the most long-established and well-respected producers in France. It's just extraordinary that they choose to sell it in such a horrifically naff cardboard box. Best ditch the box and buy one of those gift bags you get in Smiths. Or drink it yourself.
A 1980s bottling of 1950 vintage Hine. Hine cognacs that have been aged for over 30 years tend to be softer in style than their younger bottlings, but with a real richness and complexity that is hard to find replicated elsewhere in the region.