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.
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.
An old bottle of Hine Antique Fine Champagne. The current edition is now declared an XO, but still used a very similar bottle design this its predecessor. We estimate that this was bottled sometime in the 1960s.