Norwegians, despite the crazy taxes and VAT imposed on alcohol (25% VAT and €24 per bottle tax), are prolific drinkers of cognac. In 2010 the country imported over 3 million bottles, making it the eighth largest cognac importer in the world.
So it’s a particular honour for the small house – Guy Pinard & Fils – to have won approval by Vinmonopolet, the Norwegian state monopoly who control exactly what liquor can be sold in their 260 countrywide stores.
This is not an award to be taken lightly, seeing as the tasting and selection is carried out ‘blind,’ following a strict set of references set out by producers.
The family run firm, headed by Chantel and Jean-Baptiste Pinard, has been run under strict ‘bio’ conditions since 1969. It was this which helped them to be accepted by Vinmonopelet who were searching for a truly organic cognac. To this aim, the house developed a blend specifically designed to be enjoyed by the Scandinavian market, and the VSOP eco cognac was born.
It is now available to purchase in all Vinmonopelet outlets throughout Norway.
If you want to know more about Guy Pinard and their products, please see here.