Novice Guide To Cognac Houses

Novice guide to cognac houses

Here is your Novice guide to cognac houses.  There are many factors that go into making the perfect cognac for your taste.  Yet nothing is more important in understanding or deciding which cognac is perfect for you, than knowing the house that your cognac comes from.

Here is a quick guide to all of your favorite cognac’s and what house they originate from:

Novice Guide to cognac houses: The house Rivente comes from

This is a smooth and mellow premium VSOP Cognac on a par with any of the historic houses, and certainly isn’t out of place as a traditional digestif.

It’s distilled in a traditional Charentais copper still handed down from the Raclie family circa 1920 and aged four years in sought-after Limousin forest oak. Meeting all premium standards, the cognac uses grapes from one of the eight pre-approved grape varieties grown in one of France’s six controlled vineyard areas. While adhering to what makes cognac, cognac in every sense of the word, the alcoholic beverage was ultimately created to do what its name infers.

VSOP: Smooth, bold. Excellent for mixing with it’s hidden vanilla and fruit flavors.

Second Most Popular Cognacs And Their Origin


Has a long-held reputation for producing brandies which are consistently rich and round.

VS: Rich, typical. Excellent for mixing because of its strength.



One of the two dominant forces in cognac since the French Revolution. Its brandies combine richness with structure.

VS: Nice, warm, round grapey nose and palate, relatively mature, typical traditional Hennessy.

XO: Very rich and long, but not too heavy. Lots of new wood.



An unusually dry style.

VS: Floral nose, good concentration

Cordon Bleu: The first mass selling upmarket cognac. Very concentrated Borderies style


Remy Martin

The only major firm still controlled by a single family. All its cognacs enjoy some fruitiness, and all come from the Champagnes.

Grand Cru VS Petite Champagne: Excellent aromatic power, round and fruity, an ideal mixer for cocktails. £18.99; Asd, Sai

VSOP: Still the standard by which all others are measured. Up to 15yrs – spicy, bread, candied fruit. £25.99; widely available

Least Popular Cognacs And Their Origin


One of the historic greats, still buying only from Grande Champagne and only brandies at least 10 years old. The resultant cognacs have a unique elegance

Pale & Dry: Floral, delicate, long.

Très Vieille Réserve de la Famille: Classic GC with flowery overtones. Long, complex.


British favourites for nearly two centuries, many of its brandies are ‘Early Landed, Late Bottled’

Antique: Combines depth and balance with a touch of rancio.

Also offers a couple of single vintages, an early-landed and an older one matured in Jarnac as well as a vintage pack with three 20cl bottles from 1960 1975 and 1983. BBR, F&M, Har, Wai

Ragnaud Sabourin

Family based on the sacred slopes above Segonzac in the heart of Grande Champagne.

Fontvieille: 35 yrs. Superbly balanced, elegant, long, rancio but not heavy.

Florilege: 45 yrs. Some of the purest rancio around. Lovely fruit cake feel on the finish.

We Hope You Enjoyed This Guide To Cognac Houses.

Rivente’ is a super premium cognac that is blended for you, the hard worker, the entrepreneur, the hustler, the never give up, do it my way person that you are. You didn’t get where you are by chance, you arrived because you followed your heart and did things your way. Rivente’ was made for you, so enjoy it your way.

Order a bottle of Rivente cognac today!


      How Rivente Cognac Is Made

      Rivente cognac is a new cognac that defies the odds of traditionalism with not only taste but also class.  We make Rivente cognac with the elgance that cognac deserves.  See how…

      So what’s special about the Rivente blend? We use the Raclie family’s traditional Charentais still.   These bold eaux-de-vies are aged for four years in  Limousin forest oak.

      The Grapes In Rivente Cognac

      Rivente meets all premium standards.  Most importantly, the cognac uses grapes from one of the eight grape varieties grown in one of France’s six  vineyard areas. Rivente is a seamless addition to any mixed drink. 

      Rivente’ Cognac VSOP is an elegant blend of eaux-de-vies.  It comes from one of three of Cognac’s great wine growing regions. Cognac’s two greatest crus, Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne, make up around half the blend.  After that, the blend is complemented with eaux-de-vies from Cognac’s largest cru, Fins Bois, known for their wonderful fruit and floral aromas.

      Finally, We take these two bold flavors and blend them together.  The result is a super-premium VSOP Cognac of exceptional balance and harmony.  We produce our cognac at one fo the few remaining cognac houses in the region.   Rivente’ Cognac VSOP is double distilled according to the Charentaise Distillation Method of 1936. Prior to blending, we age 26 individual eaux-de-vies.  Master Blender Bertrand Laclie matures his spirits in used oak casks.  This process preserves the  flavors and avoid the harshness that can come from the tannin in new wood. We source our oak exclusively from the limousin forest.  This oak is the most expensive in the world.


      Grape varieties: Ugni Blanc (90%) and Colombard (10%)

      Alcohol by volume: 40%

      Serving suggestion: The only correct way to serve Rivente’ is your way.

      Order a bottle of Rivente today and drink, enjoy, and share, your way.

          Drink Rivente Cognac Your Way

          There’s not much you can’t do when you do things your way.

          It’s Friday night. You’re out with friends. The bar’s crowded, people are having a good time, all that great stuff. You’re there for a night to remember, to have fun. You’ve got bottle service. Perfect. If there’s one place you can do things your way, it’s here. Right?

          Well, it depends. Let’s take Cognac.

          One of the world’s finest spirits, sure. A luxury, no doubt. They’ve got plenty of cheaper bottles behind the bar. You don’t want cheaper, though. You want the best, and you’re happy to pay a little more for it. You’re out there, spending your money. You want a quality Cognac, you’ve got it. It’s yours. Enjoy it your way.

          Sounds all well and good, but have you ever actually tried to enjoy Cognac your way?

          The bottle comes, there’s a tray of tumblers, maybe some ice, and that’s it. That’s the way to serve Cognac, but is it your way? Have you ever tried to enjoy Cognac any way other than straight up?

          If not, today is the day that you dare to do the unthinkable.  Challenge the odds.  Break the mold.  Who knows what will come forth on the other side.

          Rivente Cognac was built on the foundation of creating your own American Dream.  Being told when, where, and how to pursue life is a thing of the past.  Rivente encourages you to disrupt the traditional way you do life, starting with the way you do Cognac.

          How To Drink Rivente Cognac

          Cognac is a liquor that can be paired with a variety of drinks to achieve a bold taste and an even more flavorful experience.  Enjoy cognac on a girls night at home or out on the town at your favorite lounge.  

          Here are a few things to consider when drinking cognac…

          Neat and Nice:

          If enjoying your Rivente cognac neat, or as an unmixed liquor, it is great in a rocks glass with a splash of water or a two or three ice cubes so that they can melt slowly.  The slow water dilution opens up new flavors of the aroma in Rivente cognac.  


          Rivente cognac doesn’t freeze because of its high alcohol level.  Including it into a drink with crushed ice reveals a velvety smooth taste that is sure to satisfy during any style of meal.  

          During dinner:

          Rivente cognac tastes great as a dinner beverage.  Drinking it mixed with tonic water or ginger ale provides a fruity element that pairs best with seafood like oysters or lobster.

          We hope you enjoy these tips with your next bottle of Rivente VSOP.  

          8 Reasons Why Cognac Is Better Than Whiskey

          Cognac and Whiskey get compared a lot but in actuality, it takes a lot more work, class, and sophistication to create cognac.  Cognac is a higher class liquor in general for that reason right there, yet take a look at the list we have below and it will convince you more than we ever could.

          1. Cognac is the most complex spirit in the world to make.  It takes the longest time to produce – centuries, in some cases.  Therefore it’s also the most expensive spirit to consume.
          2. The biggest difference is that Cognac is made from grapes and Whiskey from grain, most usually barley. This grain is mixed with yeast and water, distilled, and then aged in oak barrels.
          3. Cognac begins life as fermented grape juice that first turns into wine. This wine is then double-distilled, before also being aged in oak barrels.
          4. Cognac is French.  The French know how to make good food. They also know how to make great wine – everyone knows that!  So anything that derives from wine AND originates from France – as Cognac does – must be the best.
          5. Cognac-making underlies extremely strict regulations. For example, Cognac can only be produced in the region of Cognac in France (which is near Bordeaux), while Whisky can be produced anywhere in the world.  Another rule for Cognac is that it must be distilled twice in order to qualify as a real Cognac.
          6. Cognac has Jay-Z, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, and many other rappers “bigging up” the drink – in their music and their personal life.  Whisky does not have such cool ambassadors.
          7. Cognac is the oldest and most traditional cocktail ingredient: Long before Whisky, Brandy was used in cocktails and long drinks.
          8. Cognac gives you no headache. It is very rare to get a headache after drinking Cognac.

          Drink cognac, not whiskey.  Drink Rivente cognac, not other brand cognac.  Make the switch today.  It’s as simple as that, we are sure you will taste the difference.

          Rivente Cognac Is Better Than Hennessy.

          1.  The origin of the brand
          Rivente was created as a way to encourage the new American dream.  It is the only black-owned cognac brand in the U.S.  It’s ideals encourage a vision for black excellence, vision, and expanded growth.Hennessy was created to serve hundreds of years ago founded on a principle of decadence for generations of their leaders.  It’s culture doesn’t highlight the excellence of diversity in a light that opens the expectations of a growing black culture.
          1. Taste
          Rivente’ Cognac VSOP is an elegant blend of eaux-de-vies from three of Cognac’s great winegrowing regions, or crus. Cognac’s two greatest crus, Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne, make up around half the blend. delicatefinesse and charm. The blend is complemented with eaux-de-vies from Cognac’s largest cru, Fins Bois, known for their wonderful fruit and floral aromas. The result is a super-premium VSOP Cognac of exceptional balance and harmony. Produced at one of the few remaining independent houses in the Cognac region, Rivente’ Cognac VSOP is double distilled according to the Charentaise Distillation Method of 1936. The Laclie family has used the same handmade copper pot still for generations.
          1. How it’s made 
          Rivente’ Cognac VSOP is steeped in excellence synonymous to that of its consumers, not tradition. Our cognac uses a higher quality grape combination than the standard. We elegantly blend eaux-de-vies from three of Cognac’s finest winegrowing regions, preserving aromas of soft fruit, perfumed flowers and vanilla. Rivente’ is double distilled according to the Charentaise Distillation Method to produce a super-premium VSOP Cognac of exceptional balance and harmony.Hennessy is made from grapes grapes grown in the Charante region of France. With its chalky, stony soil and sunny temperate climate the region is perfect for vine growing.For Hennessy, the cru is made up mostly of Ugni Blanc grapes, which have prevailed as the dominant grape in the Cognac region. Only the eau-de-vie from the first four crus is used  due to its fruity, light white wine ideal for distillation.The grapes are pressed to get the juice which is left to ferment for two or three weeks using modern fermentation processes, usually in October. Yeast is added to the juice, which helps convert the sugar in the juice into alcohol of about 7% to 8%.Order a bottle of Rivente Cognac today and taste the difference for yourself!