Organic Cognac Today: Its Pioneers, and what to buy

Let’s start out with the basics: to make organic Cognac, a vintner must begin by growing organic grapes. Since grapes are a perennial crop, a farmer must cultivate them organically (with no chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers) for at least three sequential years to be able to label the Cognac produced as organic. Some Background Grapevines, when planted in monoculture and farmed intensively, like all other species are more prone to illness, so vintners must treat the vines in order to...
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Cognac and Rum… What’s the difference?

When it comes to spirits, you might think how it can be that there's such a huge difference between the different types on offer.  After all, alcohol is produced by distillation or fermentation of grapes, potato, grain, and many other things. So how come they’re all so different?  We’ve reported in the past about the difference between cognac and vodka, so continuing in this series, we’re now going to talk about the difference between our favorite spirit Cognac and Rum...
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How to Taste Cognac

When it comes to enjoying our favourite drink, it can be a little confusing for the novice drinker to know exactly how cognac should be tasted. Of course, those who’ve been sipping for many years will have their own tried and tested methods, but for those new to cognac, the correct way to drink can seem somewhat intimidating. But actually, it’s not. And never let anyone tell you that there’s only one ‘correct’ way to taste cognac. Because that’s not...
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Everything about VS, VSOP, XO, Napoléon Cognac. Learn about the different quality rating and the blending

When you start discovering Cognac, one of the first things you notice is that each bottle has a different age specific rating. The most common ratings are VS Cognac, VSOP Cognac and XO Cognac. But what does this actually mean? And what about blending - how does that work? Get an overview of every Cognac age category in our online shop. Let's start at the beginning by discovering exactly what these terms actually mean: VS Cognac: This stands for 'Very Special' Alternatively, ✯✯✯ (three stars), means exactly the same...
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The 6 Crus of Cognac: Growth Area and Region

The Cognac region consists of six vineyard growth areas, called 'Crus'. 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 after the...
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