COGNAC

(/ˈkɒnjæk/ kon-yak ; French pronunciation: ​[kɔ.ɲak]), named after the town of Cognac in France, is a variety of brandy. It is produced in the wine-growing region surrounding the town from which it takes its name, in the French Departements of Charente and Charente-Maritime.

For a brandy to bear the name Cognac, an Appellation d’origine contrôlée, its production methods must meet certain legal requirements. In particular, it must be made from specified grapes (see below), of which Ugni blanc, known locally as Saint-Emilion, is the one most widely used.[2] The brandy must be twice distilled in copper pot stills and aged at least two years in French oak barrels from Limousin or Tronçais. Cognac matures in the same way as whiskies and wine when aged in barrels, and most cognacs are aged considerably longer than the minimum legal requirement.

Hardy-Napoleon-Cognac

Hardy Napoleon

A blend of Grande, Petite and Borderies Cognacs, Napoleon contains the aromas of nuts and honey. Sweet chocolate covered cherries and oak compliments each other admirably well. It mellows out into a caramel cherry taste that’s delightful. In a blind tasting conducted by the Beverage Tasting Institute, Hardy Napoleon was rated No. 1 and outscored the competition for quality. Aged a minimum of 15 years in limousin oak.

Tesseron Lot 90 Cognac XO

Tesseron Lot 90 Cognac XO

Tesseron Cognac Lot 90 XO Selection owes its freshness and purity to the vivacity of our eaux-de-vies. It displays an especially attractive combination of vigour and complexity, which several ice cubes bring out perfectly ? a first encounter with a great cognac. Made from the finest terroirs in Cognac ?Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Petite Champagne and Fins Bois ? Lot n?90’s unique character comes from long aging in oak barrels, which adds richness and complexity.

Tesseron Lot No. 53 XO Grande Champagne Cognac

Tesseron Lot No. 53 XO

The nosing passes find an oaky/nut paste aroma with fruity notes of berries, dried fruit, plums, pears and soft cheese. The palate entry is composed, succulent and honeyed; by midpalate the flavors deepen to include caramel, rancio and orange rind. Finishes beautifully with depth, finesse and maturity.

Tesseron Lot 29 Cognac

Tesseron Lot 29

This cognac Tesseron Lot N°29 XO Exception is made from Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche and Colombard grapes, grown in the Grande Champagne region of Cognac. The cognacs aged for generations in oak casks from Limousin.

 

Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac

Pierre Ferrand Ambre

Aged just 10 years, Ambre takes on a nice amber tone, and the aromas are mellow and fruity. The flavor is moderate — not too intense, making this an easy-drinking day-to-day cognac. Delicious honey, nougat, apricot, fig, and a touch of orange citrus can all be found in the body. The finish is light and refreshing, very smooth and inviting.

Pierre Ferrand Cigare Cognac

Pierre Ferrand Cigare

Pierre Ferrand Cigare was produced in very small quantities, created solely from aged eaux de vie produced within the 1st Cru de Cognac, specifically the Grande Champagne Cognac appellation of France. In producing the Cigare Cognac, the aim was to structure the final spirit such that it would be suitable for pairing with a fine Cigar, hence the name Pierre Ferrand Cigare. Although the final spirit has no age statement, according to the information provided to me, the Cognac is blended to achieve an average age of 25 years.

Pierre Ferrand Ancestrale Cognac

Pierre Ferrand Ancestrale

Pierre Ferrand Cognac Ancestrale, is a pure Grande Champagne cognac, and about 70 years old. The production of this cognac is limited to 300 bottles per year.

Pierre Ferrand Pineau Des Charentes

Pierre Ferrand Pineau Des Charentes

Bright polished copper appearance. First inhalations yield generous scents of dried apricot, wild honey and suggestions of sweet spices. A silky entry develops into a soft, medium bodied, semi sweet profile with flavours of apricot, dilute honey and just enough acidity to keep it fresh. Finish is clean and gently warming with a hint of prune. Excellent balance. Dry, refreshing aftertaste of prune, honey and dried apricot showing reasonable persistence. 17% Alc./Vol.

Kelt VSOP Cognac

KELT VSOP

A traditional Grande Champagne VSOP which is allowed to age much longer than the legal minimum of 4,5 years in its Limousin oak barrels forms the base for this renowned cognac. It is blended with much older cognacs to receive the quality level required of a KELT cognac.

Once the blending is completed we embark on the Tour du Monde. This is the legendary 3 month Ocean Maturation exclusive to KELT which brings out hidden qualities in the Limousin oak and rounds off the cognac in a beautiful and unique way making the KELT cognac the smoothest on the market while presenting a remarkably broad pallet of tastes and aromas.

We use our extensive experience and stock of Limousin oak barrels in the most creative way to get the maximum effect from the Ocean Maturation. For our VSOP we use younger barrels of between 4-12 years of a particular quality and history. The exact composition and details are a closely guarded secret know only to two persons within the company. The blending and Tour du Monde puts our VSOP in a tasting age squarely between Napoleon and XO. Some experts even favour our VSOP against other brands’ XOs.

KELT XO Cognac

KELT XO

This cognac is the epitomy of the KELT company reason for being : to recreate a quality that used to exist by traditional methods and thereby providing the consumer with extreme quality at reasonably affordable prices. The KELT XO is a very complex blend of 21 different venerable Grande Champagne cognacs which combine to make our XO a quality well above its grade, even two grades above.

Once the blending is completed we embark on the Tour du Monde. This is the legendary 3 month Ocean Maturation exclusive to KELT which brings out hidden qualities in the Limousin oak and rounds off the cognac in a beautiful and unique way making the KELT cognac the smoothest on the market while presenting a remarkably broad pallet of tastes and aromas.

We use our extensive experience and stock of Limousin oak barrels in the most creative way to get the maximum effect from the Ocean Maturation. For our Commodore we use barrels of between 12-18 years of a particular quality and history. The exact composition and details are a closely guarded secret know only to two persons within the company.

The blending and Tour du Monde puts our XO in a tasting age somewhere in the EXTRA quality.

KELT Commodore Cognac

KELT Commodore

The KELT Commodore attempts to combine the most interesting qualities of a Grande Champagne VSOP, Napoleon and XO. The blend is extremely complex and depends heavily on the barrel selection for the Ocean Maturation.

Once the blending is completed we embark on the Tour du Monde. This is the legendary 3 month Ocean Maturation exclusive to KELT which brings out hidden qualities in the Limousin oak and rounds off the cognac in a beautiful and unique way making the KELT cognac the smoothest on the market while presenting a remarkably broad pallet of tastes and aromas.

We use our extensive experience and stock of Limousin oak barrels in the most creative way to get the maximum effect from the Ocean Maturation. For our Commodore we use barrels of between 8-15 years of a particular quality and history. The exact composition and details are a closely guarded secret know only to two persons within the company.

The blending and Tour du Monde puts our Commodore squarely in a tasting age of an XO but it still maintains the pleasant vanilla and fruit notes of a younger cognac.

Kelt Petra Cognac.

KELT Petra

The blend is made in such a way that it can be reproduced for many generations to come through the insightful purchases of extremely old cognacs by the founder Mr. Kelt over a period of 30 years. Even so, supply is limited and it is one of the rarest cognacs on the market today.

Once the blending is completed we embark on the Tour du Monde. This is the legendary 3 month Ocean Maturation exclusive to KELT which brings out hidden qualities in the Limousin oak and rounds off the cognac in a beautiful and unique way making the KELT cognac the smoothest on the market while presenting a remarkably broad pallet of tastes and aromas.

We use our extensive experience and stock of Limousin oak barrels in the most creative way to get the maximum effect from the Ocean Maturation. For our Petra we use barrels of between 22-28 years of a particular quality and history. The exact composition and details are a closely guarded secret know only to two persons within the company.

The blending and Tour du Monde together with its rarity puts the Petra in the extreme luxury and collectors category.

gautier extra 1755 cognac

Gautier Extra 1755

This special vintage, named “1755” after the year that Maison Gautier was founded, was created in homage to Louis Gautier, its founder.This Gautier Extra 1775, crafted from old eaux-de-vie, including some from the Paradise Cellar, is an exceptional and old cognac with an extraordinary complexity of aromas.

Gautier Cognac is amongst the oldest cognac houses, with a very unique location. Gautier is based in Aigre on the Osme river, and ages in an 18th century water mill. Aigre is also referred to as the “Little Venice” of Charente. The proximity to the water and the resulting humidity and temperature in the cellars gives the cognac a recognizable taste. This cognac house unites ancient history with a modern view on the cognac market. It caters both professional cognac connoisseurs and aficionados as well as younger consumers that like to experiment with cognac and try out new and trendy cocktails.

Gautier VSOP Cognac

Gautier VSOP

With a history that dates back to the 17th century, it is no surprise that Gautier knows what they’re doing. In 1755, Gautier received a royal warrant and has been producing Cognac ever since, though it is now owned by the Belvedere Group. Made from a blend of grapes from the four leading Cognac producing regions, this VSOP displays aromas of vanilla and notes of fruit with flavors of oak, apple and light citrus coming through on the palate.

Remy-Martin-1989-Cognac

Remy Martin 1989

“Rémy Martin 1989 is a limited edition Grande Champagnecognac, from the harvest of a single unique year. 1989 was an ideal vintage. It was a year of hot summer days combined with cool nights, which was ideal for maturation of the Ugni Blanc grapes. Georges Clot, Rémy Martin cellar master at the time, strove to select the best plots from over a thousand exclusively located in Grande Champagne vineyards, choosing eaux-de-vie from four estate-owned plots. After 18 years of ageing in Limousin oak barrels which were kept separately in a dedicated and secured Rémy Martin cellar, it was decided at the annual tasting in 2007, that Rémy Martin 1989 was reaching its peak.”

Remy Mart 1738 Cognac

Remy Mart 1738 Cognac

Rémy Martin may have been established in 1724, but it has long been a pioneer of the Cognac industry. The first major house to ever employ a woman as their cellar master, the company is now in the hands of a 33-year-old, the youngest cellar master in the history of Cognac. Whatever makes Rémy Martin continue to push the boundaries, it’s certainly paying off. Their 1738 Accord Royal offering is both complex and fine, with a bouquet of plum, fig and creamy toffee alongside flavors of spice, butterscotch and chocolate that lead to a long, creamy finish.

Remy Martin XO Cognac

Remy Martin XO

Aged for longer than the XO Special, this Fine Champagne contains 85% Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie aged for up to 37 years. Remarkably smooth, rich and mellow.

Hennessy Privilege Cognac

Hennessy Privilege

Inspired by a cognac created in 1817 in response to a request from the future king of England, George IV, Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège has built its reputation across nearly 2 centuries. Today Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège has become established as the world’s favorite VSOP Cognac, and is recognized for its harmonious and well-structured blend. On the palate, the natural balance of strength and smoothness creates a harmonious blend in which maturity combines with vigor. The structure is softened by a suggestion of fresh grape character.

Hennessy VS Cognac

Hennessy V.S

Demanding in its creation, yet immediate in its tasting, Hennessy V.S maintains its unique style across time. As a reflection of Hennessy’s know how, V.S’s personality is the result of carefully selecting some of the most expressive and distinctive eaux-de-vie. After several years of maturation in French oak casks, the eaux-de-vie are then blended with the mastery and consistency unique to the Maison Hennessy.

Hennessy XO Cognac

Hennessy XO

Its intense and deep amber color is a sign of its strength. Its flavors of candied fruit and its subtle and lightly spicy nose create a complete harmony: a mark of its roundness. To taste, a smooth, full sensation gives a simultaneously powerful and soft tonality with a hint of cocoa and a warm fruity presence. The long finish expresses all the complexity of the cognac’s blending and its long aging process.

Courvoisier VS Cognac

Courvoisier VS

Perfect harmony and balance of aromas Aroma is everything for cognac. The character of each individual note is shaped by its terroir, grape, cask and years of maturation.  This is why Courvoisier takes great care to nurture every possible aroma at every possible stage of the cognac-making process. In recognition of this quality Courvoisier is consistently awarded in numerous spirits competition (IWSC and San Francisco spirits competition).

Courvoisier Rose Cognac

Courvoisier Rosé

The fusion of ripe summer fruits, like blackberry and peach, combine perfectly with the aromatic complexity of Courvoisier, creating a smooth and sensual flavour explosion.

Courvoisier 12 year old cognac

Courvoisier 12 year

As befitting our innovative nature, the Courvoisier Connoisseur Collection is the first releases from one of the major cognac houses to be graded by an age declaration, like whisky, rather than the more conventional grading of cognac, like VS, VSOP and XO.
Courvoisier 12 Year Old features unique and extraordinary cognac not less than 12 years old, representing the perfect moment in time when age and cru meet at the peak of their potential.

Courvoisier VSOP Cognac

Courvoisier VSOP Fine

Discerning, elegant and complex, VSOP Fine Cognac develops exceptional aromas of jasmine, peach and toasted almond. This cognac intricately crafted is exquisitely balanced.

Courvoisier XO Cognac

Courvoisier XO

Consistently recognised as one of the finest XOs in the world, Courvoisier XO is a very old blend of fine and well-matured cognacs, offering rich exotic aromas. The perfect balance of intense flavours have been patiently evolved and nurtured for at least two decades.

D’USSÉ-Cognac

D’USSÉ

Cellar Master Michel Casavecchia is a man of vision and determination. For more than 20 years, this artist has been curating some of the world’s finest cognacs at the legendary Château de Cognac. His vision was to create a distinctively bold, yet remarkably smooth Cognac. The result is D’USSÉ™ Cognac.

Busnel Calvados VSOP Cognac

Busnel Calvados VSOP

Embraced for its distinctive apple flavor and softness, this versatile spirit adds panache to fine cuisine and creative cocktails. A perfect complement for poultry or pork recipes, the spirit also enhances apple and pear desserts, Enjoy alone or with ginger ale or tonic on the rocks, this fine spirit is sure to add a delicious new twist to your classic cocktail.

Busnel 12 Year Cognac

Busnel Hors D’Age 12 Year Calvados

“Here at the Distillerie Busnel—the largest distiller and one of the oldest in the Pays d’Auge, which by any account produces the finest calvados in Calvados (it’s all in the apples)—each such tablespoonful represents as many as 40 varieties of apple. The brandy starts out as cider, is distilled into eau de vie and is then aged into glorious, golden calva in coppered casks that are older than most U.S. cities—in some cases, they’ve been in use for more than 200 years. (New oak messes with the flavor of the apples.)” -Producer

Louis Royer VSOP Cognac

Louis Royer VSOP

Louis Royer’s VSOP Cognac. Based in the centre of the Cognac region, in the town of Jarnac, they have been producing Cognac for over 150 years. The family have been beekepers throughout the generations, so the bee is the emblem of the company, as it has been since 1853.

Davidoff Extra Cognac

Davidoff Extra

Aged for longer than the VSOP the Davidoff Extra combines over 40 different eaux-de-vie of differing styles and vintages to produce a weight cognac that works well with Davidoff’s cigars.