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Finest Cognacs In The World: Camus “Pionneau 1969” Cognac Is A “Prime Vintage” Cognac Unblended From Grapes Located In Fins Bois

Camus Cognacs rank fifth in the international rating and is strongly present in the UK, Russia, Korea, China and Japan. It has won four gold medals in international competitions of … Continue reading

June 17, 2010 · Leave a comment

The Finest French “Vintage Cognacs”: Hine Vintage Cognacs Releases Limited Quantity Of Old Vintage “XO Premier Cru” Each Year

  In certain years, when the favourable climate has yielded an exceptional harvest, HINE sets aside a cognac drawn exclusively from the Grande Champagne region. Experience, handed down over the … Continue reading

June 15, 2010 · Leave a comment

Ugni Blanc By Any Other Name (Trebbiano, For Instance) Still Produces The Finest French Cognacs

Although there are worse grapes in the world than Trebbiano, few grapes are as anonymous or less well-respected. Trebbiano is the main grape of distilled spirits like Cognac and Armagnac … Continue reading

June 3, 2010 · Leave a comment

Introduction To Cognac: The Charentes River And The Unique “Chalky” Soil Have Combined To Produce The World’s Best Spirit

Introduction to the famous region of Cognac. The Charentes River flows through the center of Cognac and is one of the primary reasons for Cognac being the spirit it is today.  Over 13 kilometers … Continue reading

June 2, 2010 · Leave a comment

Appreciating Fine Cognacs: Lengthy Aging Of The “Rather Neutral, Floral Ugni Blanc Grape” Gives Cognac Its “Delicate, Lifted Aromas”

“…Cognac’s aromatic spectrum is more dependent on lengthy ageing and less on the character of the rather neutral, floral Ugni Blanc grape used almost exclusively to make it.” “…Grapes grown … Continue reading

May 28, 2010 · Leave a comment

French Cognac Must Be Distilled Twice In Copper Pot Stills, Called Alembic, Which Produces “Eaux-De-Vie” Or “Waters Of Life”

Cognac must be made from at least 90% Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche, or Colombard grapes. The remainder may consist of the grape varieties Folignan, Jurançon blanc, Meslier St-François (also called … Continue reading

May 25, 2010 · Leave a comment

Congac Is A Blend Of 95% Ugni Blanc Along With Folle Blanche And Colombard

Ugni Blanc is the principal varietal in modern Cognac. Prior to the Phylloxera crisis of the 1870s that affected the whole of Europe, Folle Blanche was the dominant variety for … Continue reading

May 13, 2010 · Leave a comment