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Cognac    

Cognac

Cognac is a grape brandy from the eponymous French region situated just north of Bordeaux. The permitted grape varieties include Ugni Blanc (predominantly), Folle Blanche and Colombard. The rules governing its production state that Cognac must be distilled twice in traditionally shaped Charentais copper pot stills and aged for at least 2 years in French oak barrels.

The indication of age on the label reflects that of the youngest spirit used in the blend. Some of the more commonly seen age terms are: VS (at least two years in cask), VSOP – Very Superior Old Pale (at least 4 years) XO or Napoléon or Hors d’Age (at least six years).

In reality, most Cognac is aged for considerably longer than these legal minimums.

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  • Château de Montifaud VS, Petite Champagne Cognac, Jarnac, 40% vol, 70cl

    Château de Montifaud VS, Petite Champagne Cognac, Jarnac, 40% vol, 70cl

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    Château de Montifaud has been in the Vallet family for 6 generations.

     

    More than 90 hectares of vineyard are located in the two finest regions – “Grande Champagne” and “Petite Champagne”.

     

    The base wines (Ugni Blanc) are stored on their lees for 2-3 months until distillation. This gives the resulting Cognac more aroma, mellowness and length. The wine is then double distilled in centuries old copper stills and aged naturally in oak.

     

    From the Petite Champagne, the VS is a light and floral Cognac with an appealling soft character.

     

     

    £29.52

  • Château de Montifaud V.S.O.P., Petite Champagne Cognac, Jarnac, 40% vol, 70cl

    Château de Montifaud V.S.O.P., Petite Champagne Cognac, Jarnac, 40% vol, 70cl

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    Château de Montifaud has been in the Vallet family for 6 generations.

     

    More than 90 hectares of vineyard are located in the two finest regions - “Grande Champagne” and Petite Champagne”.

     

    The base wines (Ugni Blanc) are stored on their lees for 2-3 months until distillation. This gives the resulting Cognac more aroma, mellowness and length. The wine is then double distilled in centuries old copper stills and aged naturally in oak.

     

    The VSOP is kept in new oak casks for one year before being transferred into old oak (4-15 years old) for the remaining ageing time – a total of 8-10 years.

     

    From the Petite Champagne, the V.S.O.P. is a full and fruity style of Cognac with apricot and pear aromas and flavours. The finish is complex, long and soft.

    £33.42

  • Château de Beaulon V.S.O.P., Folle Blanche, 7 y.o. Single Estate Cognac, 40% vol, 70cl

    Château de Beaulon V.S.O.P., Folle Blanche, 7 y.o. Single Estate Cognac, 40% vol, 70cl

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    The Chateau was built by the “de Vinsons” family in 1480 during the reign of King Louis XIV. At the dawn of the renaissance period Beaulon’s architectural style was still flamboyantly gothic.

     

    The vineyards of the château cover some 90 hectares.  A deliberate and judicious choice of 9 grape varieties set the Château de Beaulon vineyards apart. Contrary to modern trends, Beaulon has remained firm to the region’s traditional 16th century vine stocks : Folle Blanche, Colombard and Montils for its Cognac.

     

    The fertiliser used on the land is natural and organically based.

     

    This V.S.O.P. (Very Superior Old Pale) is a 7 year old Cognac – the minimum ageing period for V.S.O.P. is 4 years. It is made from 100% Folle Blanche.

     

    The appearance is amber with glints of warm gold. The nose is markedly Folle Blanche, very floral with a touch of geranium, candied orange and broom. The palate is very fruity, with angelica and raisin flavours showing through. It is perfectly balanced, round with a long finish – excellent character rarely found in a cognac of this age.


    Delicious as a long drink with tonic water or simply ‘on the rocks’.

     

     

    £51.54

  • Château de Beaulon X.O., 12 y.o. Single Estate Cognac, 40% alc, 70cl

    Château de Beaulon X.O., 12 y.o. Single Estate Cognac, 40% alc, 70cl

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    The Chateau was built by the “de Vinsons” family in 1480 during the reign of King Louis XIV. At the dawn of the renaissance period Beaulon’s architectural style was still flamboyantly gothic.

     

    The vineyards of the château cover some 90 hectares.  A deliberate and judicious choice of 9 grape varieties set the Château de Beaulon vineyards apart. Contrary to modern trends, Beaulon has remained faithful to the region’s traditional 16th century vine stocks : Folle Blanche, Colombard and Montils for  its Cognac.

     

    The fertiliser used on the land is natural and organically based.

     

    The  Beaulon X.O. (Extra Old) is a stunning 12 year old Cognac – the minimum ageing requirement for an X.O. is 6 years.

     

    Golden, almost orange in appearance.

     

    The nose has hints of bread, almond, gorse and wild peach, cinnamon, racy and complex.

     

    The palate is fruity, very rich,  fresh with a very long aftertaste.

    £68.94