For the past three centuries cognac has been almost universally recognised as the finest of all the spirits that are distilled from grapes. It has many incomparable qualities: fruitiness, subtlety of bouquet, intensity, warmth and, above all, the complexity of the many thousands of styles and flavours from a (predominantly) single grape variety. Read More »
A gift pack containing a bottle of the splendid Hine VSOP and two brandy glasses. Hine is a terrific (and historic) cognac house and their VSOP is approachable, smooth and fruity, with a hint of spices.
Launched at the prestigious Vinexpo event in 2013, Dupuy Luxus Tentation was part of the brand's rebranding to appeal to new markets. Part of the Bache Gabrielsen portfolio, the house has been making high quality Cognacs since 1852.
Leopold Gourmel's 10 year old offering carries the name 'Age du Fruit'. This is a structured and rich style of Cognac that is a favourite with wine lovers and complements Scandinavian and Asian cuisine.
A half bottle of 20 year old Frapin Cognac distilled in 1989. 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. This bottle is presented in a delightful leather case.
Frapin's Signature Cognac is produced entirely from grapes grown in the house's own vineyards, which lie within the Grande Champagne area, the top 'cru' of the Cognac region. The family settled in South West France in 1270 as wine growers and have now been distilling for 20 generations.
A litre bottle of Hennessy's VS Collector's Edition. The rather bright label was designed by New York-based artist Brian Donnelly (aka KAWS). The Cognac itself is a blend of around 40 different 'eaux de vie' aged for 2-5 years and is one of the world's best selling cognacs.
A Courvoisier named to celebrate Napoleon's great love for Courvoisier. This is slightly problematic, given that Napoleon I died fourteen years before Courvoisier was founded, but he did apparently tour wine & spirit merchant Emmanuel Courvoisier's cellars once, and Napoleon III did make Courvoisier an official supplier to the Imperial Court in 1869. That's good enough for the marketing department.
A long-aged XO-style aged reserve cognac from the Chez Maillard house of Leyrat, an excellent boutique single estate cognac producer. This is one of their most highly-regarded cuvées, winning a string of medals at international competitions.
With Eaux-de-Vie aged between 16 and 24 years old this well-matured cognac has been seasoned for a generation in older, seasoned, casks which help to develop its aromas and rancio character. Stunning balance and finesse.