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 3 star cognac (now called VS) from Bisquit. The brand was established in 1819 and the Château of the same name was built in the heart of Cognac at the end of the 19th century. We estimate this was bottled in the 1960s, about the time the house was celebrating its 150th anniversary.
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.
We are lucky to have this luxury cuvee from Courvoisier, which carried off a Gold medal, Best in Class and the IWSC Trophy for Cognac at the IWSC awards in 2006. None of the cognacs used in the assemblage are less than fifty years old.
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.