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Cognac Delimited Region Comprises 6 Cognac Growing Areas: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois, Bons Bois And Bois A Terroirs

The Cognac Delimited Region is located at the north of the Aquitaine basin, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. To the West, it borders the Gironde estuary and the islands of Ré and Oléron and to the Eastit neighbours the region of Angoulême and the Massif Central foothills.

The landscape is formed by plains and small hills with smooth reliefs. The Charente river crosses the region, nourished by other streams: the Né, the Antenne, the Seugne rivers…

The production area covers the Charente-Maritime and most of the Charente departments, and several districts of the Dordogne and Deux-Sèvres. It has a homogenous and mild seaside climate. Annual average temperature in the area is of about 13ºC (55 ºF), and winters are normally mild. The Delimited Region has a total area of over one million hectares (1 095 119 ha), but the actual vineyards only occupy 79 636 ha. Approximately 95% of them are used for Cognac production.

Based on the soil features described by the geologist Henri Coquand in 1860, 6 Cognac growing areas (Crus) were delimited and then ratified by decree in 1938: Champagnes (Grande and Petite Champagne), Borderies, and Bois (Fins Bois, Bons Bois, and Bois à Terroirs).

The Crus received their names when the local forests were cleared at the beginning of the 19th century. The Champagne and Borderies center growing areas are most productive.

For more:  http://www.cognac.fr/cognac/_en/2_cognac/index.aspx?page=crus

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