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In France, a Cognac Tasting Tour at the Source

In France, a Cognac Tasting Tour at the Source | Charming guest mansion in Charente | Scoop.it
A trip to southwest France is a lively tutorial in savoring the spirit — and the landscape.

Via Jean-Luc Montembault
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The distillation season began in the land of cognac, an ideal time to meet artisanal distillers and taste new eaux-de-vie.   

Live an exceptional moment, an out of time break of luxury and relaxation.

 I will be happy to help you organize your cognac tasting tour.
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The NY Times reporter reminds here there is no better way to discover the cognac than to come to the source and to be accompanied by a guide who will open hidden doors of distilleries and cooperages for a successful experience in the Cognac vineyard.

How could I contradict her!
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Pineau Des Charentes Prepares for Summer

Pineau Des Charentes Prepares for Summer | Charming guest mansion in Charente | Scoop.it
As summer approaches and warm weather festivities kick into high gear Pineau des Charentes comes into its own.
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There are many treasures in the Cognac country. Pineau des Charentes is one of them.   At my guest mansion, Pineau is invited at the aperitif, as a cocktail, then during the meal to replace a wine and, last but least, as a digestif.   
I also use it to bring more aromas to some of my desserts.    

If you are not sure about what Pineau des Charentes bring to gastronomy, the best way is to come, taste and meet some producers.
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Experience the Cognac gastronomy at Poulpette, a modern bistro downtown Cognac, France

Experience the Cognac gastronomy at Poulpette, a modern bistro downtown Cognac, France | Charming guest mansion in Charente | Scoop.it

Eat at Poulpette for their set lunch when visiting Cognac, France

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Cognac, not only a spirits, also a gastronomy to experience. 

Now, a new generation of chefs settled there to compose a pleasant cuisine, based on cognac and pineau, of course. 

The gastronomy of cognac is thus revisited and modernized. 

Another good reason to come to the Cognac country, France
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In France, a Cognac Tasting Tour at the Source

In France, a Cognac Tasting Tour at the Source | Charming guest mansion in Charente | Scoop.it
A trip to southwest France is a lively tutorial in savoring the spirit — and the landscape.

Via Jean-Luc Montembault
Christine Montembault's insight:
The distillation season began in the land of cognac, an ideal time to meet artisanal distillers and taste new eaux-de-vie.   

Live an exceptional moment, an out of time break of luxury and relaxation.

 I will be happy to help you organize your cognac tasting tour.
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Jean-Luc Montembault's curator insight, November 3, 2017 7:24 AM
The NY Times reporter reminds here there is no better way to discover the cognac than to come to the source and to be accompanied by a guide who will open hidden doors of distilleries and cooperages for a successful experience in the Cognac vineyard.

How could I contradict her!
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The servants' quarters of this French mansion have been restored into a rustic hideaway

The servants' quarters of this French mansion have been restored into a rustic hideaway | Charming guest mansion in Charente | Scoop.it
The restored servants’ quarters of a grand country mansion in south-west France provide an inspiring setting for a creative young couple
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The Charente is not known for its monuments. This is why many tourists do not stop there. 

But for those who know how to take the time to discover treasures of meetings, at workshop of coopers , distillers, craftsmen, people who give life to unforgettable experiences. 

The real monuments that we remember in Charente are their people and what they make. 

Here is a good example ...
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Cognac Hennessy advertisement, original art deco poster A3, vintage ad 1939 L'Automobile by Jean Chaperon advertising from French magazine

Cognac Hennessy advertisement, original art deco poster A3, vintage ad 1939 L'Automobile by Jean Chaperon advertising from French magazine | Charming guest mansion in Charente | Scoop.it
Vintage advertisement from LIllustration, 1939 featuring COGNAC HENNESSY What you buy is the original page of the French magazine LIllustration issued on
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Guess who is the friend of sport ans games ..... The answer in this add by Hennessy 1939 !
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Castles Charente, 25 castles to discover

Castles Charente, 25 castles to discover | Charming guest mansion in Charente | Scoop.it

Witnessed a rich history of a dynasty or, castles stand Charente their beautiful silhouette in the Charente countryside.

 

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All these castles are very different one from the other.

A number of them are open to public.

 

At least 2 of them are in the Grande Champagne vineyards

Another way to discover a country that is rich not only from its cognac ...

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A very special house in St Preuil!

A very special house in St Preuil! | Charming guest mansion in Charente | Scoop.it
"Bonjour!" I think I  have landed in the most peaceful place ever! Think the Cognac region, rolling hills of vines as far as the eye can see, throw in a luxury Guesthouse in a former coaching inn, ...

 

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We are proud to be selected by "Treats-and-Travel where Geraldine Smith express her "personal experience of excellent customer service"
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An evening of cuisine, Cognac and cocktails - The Star Online

An evening of cuisine, Cognac and cocktails - The Star Online | Charming guest mansion in Charente | Scoop.it
An evening of cuisine, Cognac and cocktails The Star Online Out of this culture and passion, Pure Gourmet was born, derived from Martell's philosophy in creating Cognac by the purest means — from its precise choice of curs (vineyard), eaux-de-vie...

 

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Did you ever try some bread with cognac for your breakfast ?
Not yet !

That's one of my favorite recipes for my guests...
Thus they are in the right mood to discover the Cognac country and its gastronomy.

Nevertheless, do not worry. When dinner is coming, my guests still enjoy recipes with cognac and cognac itself from aperitif to digestifs...
When I am not so decided, I switch to Pineau des Charentes.

By the way, do you know Pineau des Charentes ?
Not yet !

Do not look further... Next holidays or short break, come to the Grande Champagne vineyards for an immersion.

I am waiting for you...

http://www.relais-de-saint-preuil.com/cooking-training.html

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Luxury suite for a romantic gateway in the vineyards of Cognac, Charente

Luxury suite for a romantic gateway in the vineyards of Cognac, Charente | Charming guest mansion in Charente | Scoop.it
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To make the ideal cosy cocoon for a romantic gateway in the quietness of the vineyards of Grande Champagne, we have refurbished the luxury suite La Malle Poste.

 

Logs in the fireplace, some flowers and a bottle of champagne... What else ?

 

Contact us to make your stay a very special moment in this 17th century building.

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Cycling Charente | Bike routes, accessories and accommodation

Cycling Charente | Bike routes, accessories and accommodation | Charming guest mansion in Charente | Scoop.it
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What is needed for succesful biking holidays in France :

- A nice region : Charente region is ideal for cycling for all ages

- Routes : we prepare and print some of for you

- Bikes for the family : we liaise with BikeHireDirect…

- Accommodation : at our place you may park your car. From our place you have direct access to various loops. You may go on a different trail every day then enjoy the pool, the sauna when you are back at Le Relais

 

We may even chill a bottle of white wine to taste before your dinner.

Anything more ?

Do not hesitate to ask. We'll pleased to help ...

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The people and oak barrels behind Hennessy’s cognac

The people and oak barrels behind Hennessy’s cognac | Charming guest mansion in Charente | Scoop.it
Caramel, vanilla, almond and toast.  I filled my lungs full of the fragrant air around me.  Thrilled by the cloud of aromas rising into my nose and the warmth

 

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Experience of being immersed in the aroma of a barrel produced in front of you.

In such casks will be kept cognacs that you will enjoyed in 10, 20 or even 50 years....

We organize for you the commented visit of a traditional cooperage in our neighbourhood.

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Mobile website version - Luxury guest house with B&B and cottages in Charente near Cognac between La Rochelle and Bordeaux

Mobile website version - Luxury guest house with B&B and cottages in Charente near Cognac between La Rochelle and Bordeaux | Charming guest mansion in Charente | Scoop.it
Mobile website version of Le Relais de Saint Preuil, Luxury guest house with b&b, self catering, swimming pool, sauna, fitness, tennis court ideal to visit cognac vineyards, La Rochelle, Bordeaux
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Angoulême: Springboard to Southwest France

Angoulême: Springboard to Southwest France | Charming guest mansion in Charente | Scoop.it

Food tend to be somewhat less expensive and the town is generally much calmer at night. Yet the city retains most of the amenities that make France such a joy as a destination.

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Angoulême is the capital of the Charente and nearby is Cognac.

There’s plenty to see and do in Angoulême and the countryside.

Plan your weekend and visit the real France where people still know how to "give time to time".

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Travel in France: Things to See and Do in Les Deux Charentes

Travel in France: Things to See and Do in Les Deux Charentes | Charming guest mansion in Charente | Scoop.it

nd cognac tastingHead to the coast for seaside fun, boat rides and island life, or go inland for fast cars, gentle cycle rides and cognac tastings

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When touring the Charentes, experience the Cognac country, its vineyard, distilleries, gastronomy.

Immerge yourself in deep France where true luxury is knowing how to give time to time
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Back on Le Internationale Rallye de Charente, Angouleme

Back on Le Internationale Rallye de Charente, Angouleme | Charming guest mansion in Charente | Scoop.it
110km, 198 classic cars, a superb tulip route through the Charente, France, with breakfast, dinner at a plush restaurant, afternoon coffee and of course wine, who could ask for more?
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For lovers of classic cars who do not know the Circuit des remparts here are some pictures just to make them want to live moments out of time in charente. 

See you next year in September for 3 days of relaxation and discovery.
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Things to do in the Charente Part 1…. churches, chateaux, cuisine and cognac !

Things to do in the Charente Part 1…. churches, chateaux, cuisine and cognac ! | Charming guest mansion in Charente | Scoop.it
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The Charente is in the south of the Loire valley towards Bordeaux. 

It is a region where, most often, one passes without stopping on the road of Spain and Portugal. 

And then one day, one stops. One night is enough to rest...

And here one discovers that one should stay there for a month because there is so much to discover away from beaten path ... 

Then ready for beautiful discoveries, great encounters .... all away from the tumult of the Atlantic coast: it's here Charente
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Cognac Blues Passions 2015 : from 29 June 4 July 2015

Cognac Blues Passions 2015 : from 29 June 4 July 2015 | Charming guest mansion in Charente | Scoop.it

Cognac Blues Passions 2015 : the headliners of the next edition ! Cognac Blues Passions Festival 2015 decided to rely on safe value to ensure the show...

 

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Blues and cognac : early July, experience a nice way to mix discovery of the cognac country with live music at the Blues festival for a week in Charente.

Program with artists and ticketing are now online

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3 Cognac Cocktails Guaranteed to Make You Feel Classy

3 Cognac Cocktails Guaranteed to Make You Feel Classy | Charming guest mansion in Charente | Scoop.it
Everyone's heard of cognac, and heard of the big brands like Hennessy and Courvousier.

 

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More about cognac cocktails and some other local drinks that will surprise you.

Just come at our place in the heart of the Cognac country

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Condé Nast Johansens recommend a Luxury guest house between Cognac and Angouleme in Charente, France

Condé Nast Johansens recommend a Luxury guest house between Cognac and Angouleme in Charente, France | Charming guest mansion in Charente | Scoop.it

Condé Nast Johansens recommends Le Relais de Saint Preuil, a guest mansion in the vineyards of Cognac near Angouleme in Charente, France

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If the greatest luxury is to take time, then indulge yourself. Enjoy an exceptional moment in the country that gives time to time: the Cognac vineyards where we will be happy to welcome you at our mansion.

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Make life tasty, Gault Millau Top 10 best guest houses in France

Make life tasty, Gault Millau Top 10 best guest houses in France | Charming guest mansion in Charente | Scoop.it

Gault & Millau one of the most influential French restaurant guide magazine issued its 2013 Top 10 best guest houses in France

 

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We are pleased to be recognized by Gault & Millau for both the quality of our guest house and for our table d’hôtes where we make discovered the riches of our land still best known for the Liquor of gods.

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Explore the vineyards of Cognac during a day tour visiting Grande Champagne distilleries and a barrel factory

Explore the vineyards of Cognac during a day tour visiting Grande Champagne distilleries and a barrel factory | Charming guest mansion in Charente | Scoop.it
Christine Montembault's insight:

Do you know that the biggest concentration of distillation in the world is in the Grande Champagne area, the best quality of the vineyards of Cognac.

 

Want to discover more about it, come with us, leave the beaten tracks and meet traditional cognac distillers.

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10 Reasons to visit Charente - FrenchEntrée.com

10 Reasons to visit Charente - FrenchEntrée.com | Charming guest mansion in Charente | Scoop.it

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Our terroir is famous about its vineyards producing cognacs and pineaux des Charente. But there are 10 other good reasons to come and  travel between Angoulême, the French comic strip capital city, and Cognac...

 

Discover them here, then we help you organize.

See you soon.

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Ballet of cranes in the sky of Charente - Luxury guest house with B&B and cottages in Charente near Cognac between La Rochelle and Bordeaux

Ballet of cranes in the sky of Charente - Luxury guest house with B&B and cottages in Charente near Cognac between La Rochelle and Bordeaux | Charming guest mansion in Charente | Scoop.it
Ballet of cranes in the sky of Charente of Le Relais de Saint Preuil, Luxury guest house with b&b, self catering, swimming pool, sauna, fitness, tennis court ideal to visit cognac vineyards, La Rochelle, Bordeaux...
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When Nature beautifully announces the return of sunny days in the Cognac country...

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