Like Champagne if this drink wasn't produced from that particular region in this case the Cognac region in France, it would be named Brandy or Armagnac. Like wine regions, Cognac has sub-regions in which they grow the grapes and these are named petit Champagne, Fine Champagne and Grande Champagne - the most prestigious. Once the wine is made by pressing the grapes that have previously been harvested, its then distilled twice unlike Armagnac known for its method of single distillation. Once the spirit is produced it is then filled into oak barrels to age for a minimum of two years.
This VS Armangac is produced by family-owned house Baron de Sigognac, which is one of the oldest in the region. A remarkable brandy for its price tag.
Martell VS (‘Very Special’) cognac was created over 150 years ago under the ‘Three Star’ name (***) and is enjoyed all over the world. Its harmonious, finely balanced blend makes it the ideal cognac for long drinks and cocktails.
Armagnac is said to be the oldest spirit in the world, once used medicinally. It has been distilled since 1411 in the Armagnac region of south-west France from a blend of grapes including Ugni Blanc. It tends to be produced by small distillers rather than the large ones that dominate Cognac.
Rémy Martin Mature Cask VSOP is a very popular, go-to product in the world of cognac. Its blend is made up of 55% Grande Champagne, whilst the rest is from the Petit Champagne. A great Cognac from the great producers at Rémy Martin.
Like all great creations, Hardy Cognac began with an intensely passionate individual. Anthony Hardy relocated to France in 1863 to begin his Cognac creating journey. Many years, awards and accolades later, Hardy is the producer of one of the top Cognacs on the market. "To open a bottle of Hardy Cognac is to discover a rare work of art." The VS is a very affordable entry into th…