There was a small competition of old eaux-de-vie in Charente, last Saturday and Sunday.

Organized by the expo (Foire-exposition de la Grande-Champagne) of Segonzac of course in Charente.


It’s called Concours des Vieilles Eaux de vie de Grande Champagne.
The three winners of the category ‘vieille eaux-de-vie’ were announced:

1. Michael Marcadier (Lignières-Sonneville)
2. Bernard Renoud (Gimeux)
3. Annette Foucher (Bonneuil)

The XO Cognac Bernard Gauthier de Malaville received the price of the sommeliers and Jean-Claude Saunier de Segonzac won the press award.

Bernard Gauthier vineyard (copyright

Let’s have a closer look at Bernard Gauthier: It is a company with 250 years of tradition, with its vineyards in the Grande Champagne area; 1st cru of Cognac. The family tradition goes on, from father to son – and in 2007 the Tres Vieux Cognac obtained the “médaille d’or” of the Concours des Vieilles Eaux de vie de Grande Champagne.

The company also produces Pineau, using variety of Merlot.

Direct sale at farm store at Malaville, open all week from 9am to 7pm.

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Max is a spirits expert and speaker, into marketing, technology, startups, and business development. He’s also a farmer. He likes tools and machines, Game of Thrones, and Better Call Saul. Included in his Top 10 Cognacs are the Audry XO and Bache Gabrielsen 1973. Max founded Cognac Expert in 2010 at his family’s estate in Poullignac, in the Cognac region, France. Started as a blog, today Cognac Expert is the world’s largest website about all things Cognac, a blog, and a specialized online shop featuring 800+ different Cognac bottles.

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