Cognac is the name of a city, a wine district and the world’s most coveted eau-de-vie. Cognac, like other brandies, is burnt wine, the result of a double distillation of a wine made from white grapes (generally the grape variety Ugni blanc) with a subsequent period of ageing in oak casks for a minimum of two years. However, ageing periods of up to a few decades are not uncommon. 

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AOC Cognac is as large as Cornwall and Devon put together (or, from an American perspective, slightly bigger than the state of Vermont) and includes by and large the departments of Charente and Charente-Maritime in western France, halfway between Bordeaux in the south and Poitiers to the north. Grapes are here cultivated on approximately two hundred thousand acres and the vineyards are concentrated in the area around the town of Cognac.

Region of COGNAC

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If you like wine, you’ll love cognac!

At least there is a rationale for the claim since both wine and cognac are made from the pressed juice of the grape. Most wines taste good, some are exquisite, and some are fantastic. The same applies to cognac. The cognac lover is not limited to a single favourite but is always open to new discoveries, new taste experiences. As with wine, there is a cognac for every season, occasion and mood.

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