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Cognac isn't only for Christmas

Cognac isn't only for Christmas | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it
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There are a number of ways to enjoy a cognac. No doubt, the best means are in the company of distillers and cellar masters. This is the discovery of the journalist who wrote this article.


Read the article, you'll also find cocktail ideas for New Year celebrations.

 

And if you also want to taste some cognacs directly in cellars with producers, book now an excursion or a trip to the Cognac country with an expert, among our Special Offers : http://shop.cognac-tasting-tour.fr/en/

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In France, a Cognac Tasting Tour at the Source

In France, a Cognac Tasting Tour at the Source | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it
A trip to southwest France is a lively tutorial in savoring the spirit — and the landscape.
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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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Christine Montembault's curator insight, November 17, 2017 11:28 AM
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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Trebbiano (Ugni Blanc) Wine Information

Trebbiano is a white wine grape that originated in Italy, but has successfully migrated to other European wine regions. The variety's most notable migration was to the west of France, where it goes by the name Ugni Blanc and is the key grape of Cognac.
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A short history of Ugni Blanc grape that is most grown to produce cognac, brought from Italy to France by monks thanks to a pope who moved from Rome to Avignon.

This introduction has to be linked with many ruins of abbayes in the Charentes. 

 Another way to discover the Cognac country.
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Strange tales: Condé, Cognac and Bourbon lilies

Strange tales: Condé, Cognac and Bourbon lilies | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it

A decorated flask found in a Cognac field was the inspiration for one of spirits' leading brands, Louis XIII

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The Land of Cognac has long been marked by the Catholic and Protestant religions. 
Many places, often melted in the landscape, bear the mark. 

The world of cognac and its organization still live with the consequences of the religious confrontation, whose origin comes from the Renaissance. 

 Do you doubt it? Explore the vineyard on the trail of this history. Perhaps you will discover a part of it at the bottom of your glass ...
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The Guide to Finding Great Cognac

The Guide to Finding Great Cognac | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it
Cognac is a brandy made from the white wine grapes grown in the Cognac region of France. Learn how to find great Cognac by understanding the region, the aging classifications, the major brands, and…
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There are several ways to find a great cognac. 

One is to have next door a wine shop or a bar specializing in spirits. 

The very best one way is touring the vineyard of Cognac, South-West of France.. 

Next to the major brands there are 200 craft producers willing to let you discover their estate with its traditional distillery. 

There you meet the owner and, with him or her, you taste family's products that have been aging for decades. 

 Amazing experience for cognac aficionados !

You don't know how to magae your tour : ask for a guide !
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Cognac : Hennessy s’engage pour l’environnement

Cognac : Hennessy s’engage pour l’environnement | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it
Le négociant va aider 100 exploitants à financer des diagnostics préalables à une meilleure gestion des effluents.
Signature symbolique, jeudi, au cœur de la Grande Champagne. Au pied de
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Signature symbolique, jeudi, au cœur de la Grande Champagne : Hennessy travaille avec plus de 1.200 exploitants sous contrat, aider à financer 100 diagnostics est un début !

Et que va-t-il se passer quand les diagnostics amèneront des investissements ? Qui va financer et dans quel délai ?

Tout n'est pas encore annoncé. Le chemin est encore long ....
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Why You Should be Drinking Cognac

Why You Should be Drinking Cognac | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it
America now consumes more cognac than any other country in the world. Here's why. 
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Northern America is now the most consuming world area in the world. This is partly explained by the US$ / € parity, partly by a real development of this category, both with young cognac (VS, 3*...) and much older (XO and over) and partly by the drop of consumption in China. Next could be the recovery of Russia once their economic turmoil is over. The worse for the Cognac country is not yet for tomorrow ...

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Brandy Marquis de Villard - French Brandy

Brandy Marquis de Villard - French Brandy | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it
Our French brandy, MARQUIS DE VILLARD, has been produced since 1950 following closely the great French traditional methods.

 

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All cognacs are a brandy, or a spirit made from wine. But not all brandies are a Cognac... Even though some look very similar.

 

This Marquis de Villard brandy looks like a cognac but it is not. And who, better than a cognac trading house, could guarantee this ?

 

Could we say it is a cousin ? We leave it to you to decide ...

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A quick tour at Chateau fontpinot, the house of Cognac Frapin

A quick tour at Chateau fontpinot, the house of Cognac Frapin | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it

Cognac : the very word embodies sophistication and class.  This ancient drink should not be confused with brandies from Spain, Cyprus or other countries  ...

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Frapin has a specific position in the Cognac world. Like few trading houses it is known almost worldwide but it is not a trading house ! 

Like a number of family estates, Frapin distils wines coming only from their own vineyards and market only them but they are known worldwide like no other family estate !

If to this specific position you add the quality of their cognacs coming from the best growth area, the Grande Champagne vineyards, then you understand why visiting this estate is quite an experience ...

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Les vins de Pays Charentais sont à la fête à Paris

Les vins de Pays Charentais sont à la fête à Paris | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it

Annually, in the National Agricultural Fair, is held the Concours Général Agricole (CGA) The Competition Products aims to reward the best wines and the best French products, including the wines from Charentes, the Cognac country.

 

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Not yet very known, these wines from the Charentes are drinking wines, not wines to be distilled.

Their quality improved significantly and they are now considered by amateurs.

A sign which does not mislead : Rémy Martin owners have invested in a wine estate just next to their Louis XIII storages

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150 Year Old Cognac? Say Oui to Tesseron Extreme

150 Year Old Cognac? Say Oui to Tesseron Extreme | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it

It’s not often I get to sample 150 year old Cognac …

 

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There are surprises waiting for you in the Cognac country.

 

Tesseron with its 150 year old cognac is one of them.

That's already a good reason touring the vineyards ...

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Le plus grand domaine viticole Bio de Poitou-Charentes se trouve à Segonzac

Le plus grand domaine viticole Bio de Poitou-Charentes se trouve à Segonzac | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it

Sa conviction, il l’a forgée lors de sa formation universitaire scientifique. Tout jeune homme, Patrick Brillet, déjà fin observateur et pas encore viticulteur, a vu les molécules ...

 

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Bravo à Patrick et Maria pour leur engagement dans la mise en oeuvre du bio, ce qui fait de leur vignoble la 3éme plus grande propriété viticole bio en France.

Profitez des fêtes de fin d'année pour découvrir leurs vins, pineau et cognacs.

Même bio, à consommer avec modération.

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Christine Montembault's curator insight, October 22, 2014 11:43 AM

La Grande Champagne est une terre de tradition pour un résultat connu dans le monde entier.

Mais on sait aussi prendre des risques et tordre le cou à des a priori.

C'est ce qu montrent joliment Maria et Patrick Brillet sur leur exploitation à quelques Km du Relais.

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Cognac Frapin among the oldest companies on earth

Cognac Frapin among the oldest companies on earth | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it
Oldies but goodies.

 

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1270 is the year when Frapin family located in the Charente vineyards.


This family succeeded to combine the commercial techniques of the major trading houses and the know-how to traditional winemakers-distillers to offer today cognacs only from its own vineyards.


Only this is worth making the trip to Segonzac

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Ten things you didn't know about cognac and much more about paradise when touring.

Ten things you didn't know about cognac and much more about paradise when touring. | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it
Hopefully the angels share is not 8 % a year but 2 % only. Tha's already nice to be at Paradise. The Cognac region, 100 miles north of Bordeaux, has been producing alcoholic drinks since the 12th century.
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Much more to expérience in the #vineyards from the vine to the glass when touring with a guide
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A Tribute to Cognac Louis XIII - luxury travel

A Tribute to Cognac Louis XIII - luxury travel | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it
Paying a Bespoke Tribute to Louis XIII with Ludovic du Plessis - luxury Blogs
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You are a great traveler, in love with cognac. 

You have two ways to associate your two passions:    
- Discover Cognac and its vineyards    
- Take your cognac with you all over the world.    

This is what Rémy Martin proposes to you with this luggage of travel, luxurious case of an exceptional cognac: Louis XIII.    

And why not come to Cognac to discover this luggage and its cognac ?
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How a happy accident gave the world Pineau des Charentes

How a happy accident gave the world Pineau des Charentes | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it
If it wasn’t for an inattentive 16th-century wine apprentice we might be without this French fortified wine that is lighter and more delicate than port
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Pineau des Charentes starts to make its way to China, as the delicate little brother of Cognac. 

Did you know that a kind of fortified wine is produced from the cognac ?

It is in the image of those who produce it, discreet, surprising, rich of a long past with a strong personality ... 

You have to discover it to surprise your friends during the end of the year dinners.
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Strange tales: Condé, Cognac and Bourbon lilies

Strange tales: Condé, Cognac and Bourbon lilies | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it

A decorated flask found in a Cognac field was the inspiration for one of spirits' leading brands, Louis XIII

Jean-Luc Montembault's insight:
The Land of Cognac has long been marked by the Catholic and Protestant religions. 
Many places, often melted in the landscape, bear the mark. 

The world of cognac and its organization still live with the consequences of the religious confrontation, whose origin comes from the Renaissance. 

 Do you doubt it? Explore the vineyard on the trail of this history. Perhaps you will discover a part of it at the bottom of your glass ...
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Bache-Gabrielsen Cognac House Announces First-Ever U.S. Distribution

Bache-Gabrielsen Cognac House Announces First-Ever U.S. Distribution | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it
Bache-Gabrielsen, a family-owned and operated cognac house, is entering the United States market for the first time in its 111-year history. Expanding on

Via Francois Drounau
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Small cognac houses develop their own network to remain independant vs major distributors / cognac houses.

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New market, new product: L'Assemblages wishes good luck to its client, Bache Gabrielsen
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The competition of the finest cognacs produced by distillation craftsmen

The competition of the finest cognacs produced by distillation craftsmen | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it
My last tasting before the final decision with some other cognac professionals in Segonzac
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In Segonzac, the capital city of the Grande Champagne vineyard, takes place every year a VSOP & XO cognac contest where some of the best eaux-de-vie produced are presented.

This year, more than 80 different eaux-de-vie to taste.

Results will be disclosed at Segonzac on May 21, 2016.

#cognac #VSOP #XO #contest #professional #tasting #judge
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Cognac isn't only for Christmas

Cognac isn't only for Christmas | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it
Jean-Luc Montembault's insight:

There are a number of ways to enjoy a cognac. No doubt, the best means are in the company of distillers and cellar masters. This is the discovery of the journalist who wrote this article.


Read the article, you'll also find cocktail ideas for New Year celebrations.

 

And if you also want to taste some cognacs directly in cellars with producers, book now an excursion or a trip to the Cognac country with an expert, among our Special Offers : http://shop.cognac-tasting-tour.fr/en/

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Experiencing the art of living in the vineyards of Cognac

Experiencing the art of living in the vineyards of Cognac | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it

Living surrounded by vineyards is influencing my perspective on life ....

 

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Living in the vineyards of Cognac brings to live at a different pace. This way of living is a philosophy that is found among cognac producers and in their products.
Each has to make the journey to discover this art of living ...

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France’s top 10 food & wine tours

France’s top 10 food & wine tours | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it
Love the thought of touring French vineyards and spending days sampling delicious French food and wines? Then check out our favourite 10 food and drink holidays across France that include among others Champagne trails, river cruises and Cognac tasting breaks

 

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These 10 food & wine tours, including ours, are an invitation to leave the beaten path in France and discover the richness of our gastronomy and our wine making heritage.

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Visiting a Cognac Trading House

Visiting a Cognac Trading House | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it

Perhaps I should start by defining what a trading house generally means. These companies in the main buy in distilled grape juice (Eau de Vie) and then age, blend and market the final product ...

 

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Here is a very nice presentation of the work of a trading house in the Cognac country
Very nice because:
- Cognac Delamain works in the spirit and form of the traders of former times
- The explanation given by Mark, the visitor of the day, is both a fair and good summary
- Photos of Mark, professional photographer, are splendid.

This article on the visit I made with Mark makes it perfectly the atmosphere of the discrete world of the cognac.

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Cognac drinkers to ditch ‘big four’ for independent brands

Cognac drinkers to ditch ‘big four’ for independent brands | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it
Cognac drinkers are predicted to switch loyalty from the “big four” brands to discover smaller producers, much like what has happened in the whisky and beer market.

 

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At the moment, it is still hard to find shops which propose a wide range of cognacs including small producers.
Happily, more and more small cognac estates have now their own online shop and can deliver to a number of countries.

The point is how to find these producers ?
The best idea is to tour the vineyards of Cognac :
- A good way to be away from the beaten track, meeting producers and
- A good opportunity to taste their cognacs and select those one prefers

The best option is to immerse yourself in the country of "slow travel" where everyone gives time to time, discovering the way of living in the vineyards, visiting a traditional cooperage, following the fabulous process from the vine to the glass ...

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The Cognac Masters 2014 results

The Cognac Masters 2014 results | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it

Tasting at the Cognac Masters 2014

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You too wish to know more about cognac and techniques to taste it.

 

Attend our Cognac and you will surprise your friends by introducing them to the richness of aromas of the cognac.

Then, give your own medals to the cognacs you really prefer.

 

More here : http://www.cognac-tasting-tour.com/cognac-discovery-workshop.html

 

 

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Ten of the world’s most expensive Cognacs

Ten of the world’s most expensive Cognacs | The Cognac and its vineyards | Scoop.it

While many cognacs carry exorbitant asking prices for their exclusivity and age, others do so due to their beautiful, hand-crafted decanters.

 

Which one do you choose ?

 

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These are very beautiful objects that are presented here.


I say "object" because the cost of the packaging is higher than the liquid therein.

Do you know that some of these exceptional liquids can be tasted and purchased directly from the property.


You doubt it? We will be happy to share with you the experience of meeting the producer ...

 

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