Cognac is named after the town of Cognac in France. The word is often used synonymously with ‘Brandy’. The town of Cognac is one of only three officially demarcated brandy regions in Europe; the others are the French Department of the Gers. Gers is divided into three parts: Haut Armagnac which produces no Armagnac, Bas Armagnac from which the best Armagnac comes and Tenerese where you can find some very good Armagnacs too. According to French Law, in order to bear the name, Cognac must meet strenuous legal requirements, ensuring that the 300-year old production process remains unchanged. It must be made from at least 90% Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche, or Colombard grapes, although Ugni Blanc are today virtually the exclusive variety used. It must be distilled twice in copper pot stills and aged at least two years in French oak barrels, most commonly from oak shipped from all over Europe but passing through the town of Limoges and for that reason called 'limousin' oak. We have carefully selected a range of cognacs that will fit every budget and every style.