Cognac News

Phylloxera Cycle March 10, 2011

Pre-Phylloxera cognac: How a Tiny Insect Caused a Monumental Difference

During the mid-1860s, a tiny pest called Phylloxera vastartrix literally decimated French vineyards.  At an enormous expense these were re-planted mainly with grapes other than the Folle Blanche or Colombard which were so common, and in doing so the flavour of cognac was changed forever. However, it is still possible to get your hands on…

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Cellars of Unicoop formerly Georges Sayer et Cie March 10, 2011

Unicoop Fights Back

After being continually lambasted by the Charente Libre newspaper, Unicoop (Union Cooperative des Viticulteurs Charentais) have sent them a statement which only thinly veils their anger in the way that the paper has reported recent employment changes within the company. The statement accuses the newspaper of distorting the reality of the tension between employees and…

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Bulgari meets Hennessy bottle? March 7, 2011

Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) Purchases Bulgari: Ultimate Marriage?

After much speculation, it has today been revealed that LMVH is to purchase 50.4% of Bulgari.  The company has long been seen as a potential takeover target, with rumours of the Swiss company Swatch being in the running to purchase. At a cost of €3.7 billion, this extends the LMVH lead in being the world’s…

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young vineyard in Cognac March 5, 2011

The Battle Gains Pace: EU Planting Rights Threaten Cognac Economy

The FNSEA (Federation National des Syndicats d’Exploitants Agricoles) are leading the fight against the proposed EU relaxation of vine planting rights. It could also have a negative impact on the Appelation of Cognac. On March 03 Jerome Despey, Vice President of the FNSEA was invited to Cognac to speak on the subject and has called…

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Louis XIII Jeroboam March 3, 2011

Singapore Event Masters Of Spirits: Offering Three Different Louis XIII Bottles

If you have reason to be in Changai Airport, Singapore, on the 12th of March then be sure to check out the ‘Masters of Spirits’ event being hosted by the DFS Group. As part of this, Remy Cointreau Global Travel Retail is offering three rare cognacs for sale.  This is a unique chance to purchase…

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Patrice Pinet' March 2, 2011

Courvoisier’s Master Blender Pinet has a Fruity Favourite Cognac Cocktail Recipe

So now we also learned about Courvoisier‘s master blender and his preferred mix drink. Monsieur Pinet likes it fruity. This gentleman is the master blender of the house of Cognac Courvoisier and he brings yellow and red fruits into the game. Patrice Pinet’s favourite cocktail recipe is, as he himself refers to, refreshing “refreshing, well…

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Recent Comments

Naomi Dolin-Aubertin at 2015-06-04 20:53:48 in:

Launched: The Brotherhood of Cognac

„Just wanted to point out that Edouard Normandin is the head of cognac house Normandin Mercier.“

claude Lada at 2015-06-01 17:03:10 in:

Will Louis Royer Cognac go to the Philippines?


Simon at 2015-06-01 16:47:56 in:

Launched: The Brotherhood of Cognac

„What a pity, it never works in English, they should just keep it as Confrérie. Just a view but always best to consult a native speaker when working in another language. La 'brotherhood' des Chevaliers du Tastevin, I think not!“

claude Lada at 2015-05-25 20:48:38 in:

A new Cognac Guide is out!

„Thank you Max, Sophie and Jacqueline, I like also small producers like Bernard Boutinet, Philippe Braastad Tiffon or Jacques Estève, who makes a wonderfull Pineau/ Old Cognac... ... Cognac for Connoisseur will be available at...“

ian at 2015-05-15 14:05:57 in:

Hennessy Classivm or Classium? New Cognac for China

„actuallly this is a different blend its much smootther its is not a vs put into this bottler they do not teast the same not even close“

Jacqueline ( at 2015-05-12 11:41:46 in:

Will Louis Royer Cognac go to the Philippines?

„Thanks for the remark! Best regards, Jacqueline“