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The 6 Crus of Cognac: Growth Area and Region

The Cognac region consists of six vineyard growth areas, called 'Crus', or 'terroir'. The grapes used for Cognac brandy must always come from this French region. The area covers the Charente-Maritime, a large part of the Charente, and some smaller parts of Deux-Sèvres and the famous Dordogne. The "Origine Controlée Cognac" (AOC) Cognac is an Appellation that totals about 79,000 hectares of vineyards (that's 790 million square meters). The wine region of Cognac is the second biggest of France, right...
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12 Secret Cognac Travel Destinations 2018

The first month of the year has already flown by. We’re well into February, and if you’re anything like us, then thoughts of summer and travel are coming to mind. Why not plan a trip to the Charente, the French Cognac region? It's an undiscovered, non-touristy, stunning part of South West France. You can visit the most amazing Cognac gems, unknown little producers, and other incredible sights. Enjoy amazing food, drink the best wine, and sample the most diverse range...
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Cognac with an Attitude: A Visit at Léopold Gourmel

When it comes to having an extraordinary reputation, an evocative name and the production of high quality cognacs in a low volume, then Cognac Leopold Gourmel certainly ticks all the boxes. The house was founded in 1972, and being a Cognac producer myself, I certainly am aware of this renowned brand. But up until recently, I’d never had the opportunity to taste it. Last week at Genté in Charente, I had the privilege of meeting up with the founder and...
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Cognac Vines Ravaged by Freak Hailstorms

"They buy Porsches and Ferraris, apartments in Royan or Miami…  And when the hailstorms arrive they shamelessly cry for aid," so says Alain Philippe, the former director of the BNIC via Facebook on June 10, 2014. I wish I'd read these false, derogatory remarks sooner, because I'd have taken photos of these so called 'Charantaise Ferrari Wine Growers,' who gathered in Pons today for a crisis meeting. Ce soir ça tapait fort sur la région ! #orage #charente #meteo pic.twitter.com/z7Pd9mpRxn — Magick!...
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Cognac Vineyard Prices at an All Time High

With an ever-growing demand for eaux-de-vie, it should come as no surprise that the cost of a hectare of vineyard in the region of Cognac continues to grow. Prices are up 14 per cent in the Charente, and 11 per cent in the Charente Maritime, bringing the prices to an all time high.  On average, a hectare of prime Grande Champagne vines now costs around 45,000 euros, all thanks to the increase in cognac exported over the past 12 months. ...
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