At the recent general meeting of the Cooperative des Coteaux de Montagan, they not only presented the results of the 2009 Cognac harvest, but also discussed how the vineyards are adapting to cope with climate change.

Temperature Cognac, red maximum, blue minimum

Key players in the vineyards of Cognac since 1995, they account for 814 hectares of vines divided between 36 owners.  In 2009, out of a total yield of 93,000 hectolitres, 84,000 hl were used to produce cognac.

Also present at the meeting was Philip Guelin, commissioning chairman of the BNIC.  A hot topic of discussion was about the research into climate change and the increasingly earlier harvesting of the grape crop.  Study has been going on since 1975 as to the various hybrids of different grapes and the best mutations and clones to cope with this climate change.  In the past, the harvest in Cognac began after that of Bordeaux had finished, but that is all different now.


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Jacki has been with Cognac Expert from virtually the beginning. She's the senior editor of the blog, and has spent much of her life living in rural France. Today she's based back in the UK, where she splits her working life between writing for Cognac Expert and working as a Paramedic at a large regional hospital.

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