To blend or not to blend? – Cognac Guide: Eaux-de-vie and Cellar Masters

Mac A Andrew's Cognac Guide Here the classic debate between tradition and economies continues. First of all, there are many producers who do not blend in the classical sense. This means they do not blend eaux-de-vie from different crus, so Grande Champagne is forever Grande Champagne and so on. What they might do is to blend eaux-de-vie from the same cru but from a different year or different vineyard. The purity of the cru is preserved and, in most cases, such...
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Top 10 Best XO Cognacs – Top Value For Money, or just the best Brands?

When it comes to the best Cognacs, it’s not always about the ‘biggest’ or the most expensive. Indeed many of our favorite Cognac brands are some that are from the smaller houses, or ones that certainly don’t require you to max out your credit cards to be able to own. Check out the following list that we put together (first in 2011, and then again in 2016) that showcase some of our top XOs, and also those Cognacs by brands...
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Tennants Auctioneers to Sell Fifteen 19th Century Bottles of Cognac

As part of the North Yorkshire based auction house Tennants Auctioneers next Fine Wine sale on the 26th November, tomorrw, they are offering a rare collection of fifteen bottles of 19th century cognac, all from the cellar of a local collector. Included in the sale is an 1808 bottle of Denis Mounie together with a leaflet relating to a Royal Auction of an almost identical bottle, estimate £800-1200. There are not only ‘bottles’ but also Magnums of 1811 Grand Fine Champagne...
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Sartori cognac Bellavitano Cheese for holiday Season

Cognac Cheese for the Holiday Season

American premium cheese company, Sartori, are releasing a special cheese with a naughty twist for the 2011 holiday season. The Cognac BellaVitano is a creamy, fruity cheese that is hand produced and enriched with ingredients such as aged European balsamic vinegar, spices and hand crushed black peppercorn.  After these are rubbed into the rind of the cheese it’s left to mature for 18 months – and then the really best part of the production commences. The whole ‘wheel’ of cheese is...
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All About Age – Cognac Guide: VS, VSOP, XO, Vintages & Co

Mac A Andrew's Cognac Guide Both blended and single cru cognacs age in an identical manner.  What is true, however, is that Grande Champagne eau-de-vie ages slower and Fins Bois ages faster.  In other words, an eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne terroir will take longer to mature than those from grapes grown in the Fins Bois region. This difference is reflected in the price of these Cognacs.  As you'd expect, those from Grande Champagne command (generally) a higher price. VS, VSOP, XO Young...
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