One of the things we love in cognac is the obsession about Limited Editions: The houses try to create a constant feeling of something “new”, and collectors look for rare editions – it’s sort of a safe investment to buy a cognac bottle that belongs to a Limited Edition.
We thought it would be nice to have an overview of some cognac limited editions, from cheaper.. to more expensive.. from Hennessy, Martell to Brillet – so here we go.
1. KAWS Hennessy VS Limited Edition Cognac
With a price of $43.76 (33.50 euros), the KAWS Hennessy VS Limited Edition Cognac is a tribute to the complementary subjects of art and cognac blending. Produced in a limited run of 420,000, the bottle certainly stands our, with the artwork of New York artist, KAWS, creating a myriad of bright colours on the label, along with the artists trademark ‘XX.’ There’s also a quote from KAWS on the back of the bottle: “Friends, work, music, art. It’s important to find the right blend… KAWS.”
The cognac itself is the regular, classic VS that we all know and love, and is a blend of around 40 different eaux-de-vies, with the youngest being aged for a minimum of 2 ½ years.
… and… Futura X Hennessy VS Limited Edition Cognac
Okay, so we added the Futura X Hennessy VS Limited Edition Cognac as an aside, because it contains the same Hennessy VS as the above limited edition. However, this bottle has been produced in conjunction with the famous graffiti artist, Futura X, making it the second time Hennessy has a bottle designed by a renowned, uber-trendy artist.
The Futura X sells at $43.76 (33.50 euros). It’s been a little difficult to find out exactly how many of these limited edition bottles are available, but we’re assuming it’s a similar number to the KAWS bottle, of 420,000.
2. Camus Cuvee 5.150 Cognac
The Camus Cuvee 5.150 Cognac is a very special eaux-de-vie indeed. Produced as a celebration of the house’s 150 year anniversary, only 1,492 have been created. And to make the first 150 even more special, these are also presented with a 100ml numbered miniature bottle taken from the very last sample just before the decanters themselves were filled.
At a price of $13,500, this cognac is a combination of five different eaux-de-vies from the Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Fin Bois, Bon Bois and Borderies growing regions. And the blend is presented in a stunning Baccarat crystal decanter.
Read more about Camus 5.150 Cognac
3. Hennessy VSOP Kyrios Limited Edition Cognac
Retailing in our online store for $75.11 (57.50 euros), the Hennessy VSOP Kyrios Limited Edition Cognac is a modern twist on the epic history of the cognac house. The bottle sports a matt carbon covering and unique codes. Kyrios, which means ‘The Lord’ in Greek, was launched in 2013. Once again, we’ve not been able to find details about exactly how many of this limited edition bottle will be released.
4. Baron Otard VSOP Limited Edition Cognac
Silver medal winner at the 2010 International Wine & Spirit Competition, the Baron Otard VSOP Limited Edition Cognac is a delightful blend of Grande and Petite Champagne eaux-de-vie. It’s presented in a stylish, almost perfume-like bottle, in a black and gold presentation box that resembles pixels.
This VSOP retails in our online store at $53.88 (or 41.25 euros) and represents excellent value for a limited edition cognac.
5. Martell Cordon Bleu Centenary Limited Edition Cognac
Hey, hey! Now we’re talking. The Martel Cordon Bleu Centenary Limited Edition Cognac (also known as the Martel Cordon Bleu 100 Years) is an iconic cognac, and this beautifully presented limited edition set was produced, as the name suggests, for their centenary year in 2012. Selling at $424.55 (325 euros), the set also includes a taster’s bottle – known as a ‘montre.’
The only problem with purchasing this delightful set, is that it’s so easy on the eye that you won’t know whether to drink it, or to just keep it to look at….
6. Bache Gabrielsen Vintage Pure & Rustic Borderies Single Estate 1995 Cognac
With a run of only 850 bottles, the Limited Edition Bache Gabrielsen Vintage Pure & Rustic Borderies Single Estate 1995 Cognac represents excellent value for money at $65.32 (50 euros) per bottle. A collaboration between Bache Gabrielsen and the Boulleur de Cru Madame Marie Madeline Vaillant (a small, three-hectare vineyard in the Borderies region), this single estate cognac was distilled in 1995.
Presented in a simple, stylish bottle so typical of Bache Gabrielsen, the cognac boasts some floral, sweet notes and the unique taste of eaux-de-vie produced in the small Borderies growing area.
7. Brillet Reserve Limitee Ancestrale VIP Rare Cognac
The Brillet Reserve Limitee Ancestrale VIP Rare Cognac was produced in a strictly limited edition, and is presented in a hand blown bottle with a simple, classic label. You can purchase this single estate, Grande Champagne cognac in our online store for $515.14 (394.50 euros), and we don’t think that the taste will disappoint. A beautiful colour, and with a nose and palate that hint at fruit flavours and vanilla, this really is a great cognac to add to your collection.
8. Courvoisier Succession JS Cognac
A little dearer than most of the above, the Courvoisier Succession JS Cognac was a limited edition run that is no longer produced today. This means that it’s very sought after by collectors, and can be purchased for $4180.16 (3200 euros) in our online store. It was produced for the bi-centenary of the crowing of Napolean.
What makes this so special is that the cognac itself was kept secret, and hidden in the Courvoisier cellars for many years. As you’d expect from such an exquisite piece of history, the cognac comes presented in a delightful wooden case that’s a handmade wooden replica of Napolean’s ‘Chest of Secrets.”
9. Delamain Reserve de la Famille Fut No 340-50 Cognac
With only 180 bottles of the Delamain Reserve de la Famille Fut No 340-50 Cognac produced, it’s a coup to add this to your collection. So named because the ancient cask it was aged in was called No 340-50, and the cognac is purely produced from eaux-de-vie from the heart of the Grande Champagne region.
Bottled in 2010, this beauty retails at $623.76 (477.50 euros) per bottle and is a very old cognac presented in a classic style bottle. A real gem, and one to be proud to own.
10. Frapin Multimillesime No 5 Cognac
The Frapin Multimillesime No 5 Cognac was launched in November 2012, and is the fifth edition of the Multimillesime series. Created from a blend of three eaux-de-vies, dating from 1982, 1986 and 1989, only 1,270 bottles have been produced. Frapin Cognac are the oldest of all the cognac houses, with a history dating back to 1270.
The bottle is in a classic, ‘montre’ (tasting bottle) style, and is presented delightful wooden case. Multi-Millesime means ‘multi-vintage,’ and this great cognac sells in our online store for $233.83 (179 euros) per bottle.