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COVID-19 de confinement progress

June 2021 as restrictions are eased

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Wear Masks when & where requested
Group numbers will be reduced
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Not Just Cognac and Pineau in the region – Many visitors are surprised to see the Grey Goose Vodka building situated in the Cognac area. Well this exceptional Vodka benefits from the pure spring water from Gensac in the Cognac region and together with the wheat from the Picardy region is distilled to a high standard to produce Grey Goose Vodka noted for its high quality.

9th September 2020 Vendange underway in Grande Champagne Cognac producing region

Tears of the vine in March

Planting up a new area of vines in April. It will be three years before they are ready to harvest.

Copper Alambic Stills are used for Double Distillation which takes place annually in the Cognac region between November-end March.

September/ October the Vendange – Grape Harvest took place followed by the pressing of grapes then the fermentation of wine.


Once Cognac is Bottled, it Stops Ageing !
Always store Cognac bottles upright, don’t lay them down like wine bottles.

Cognac Quality

VS – Very Special or 3 Star is aged for a minimum 2 years in oak barrels

VSOP – Very Special Old Pale, ‘Old’ & ‘Reserve’ eau de vie are aged for a minimum 4 years in oak barrels

XO – Extra Old, ‘Napoleon’ and ‘Old Reserve’ are aged for a minimum of 6 years in oak barrels.

The Cellar Master/Maitre de Chai blends the various eau de vie to his own secret recipe

Join us for a Cognac tour to discover the complete Cognac making process

Check to see whether you know your wine bottle sizes

wine bottle sizes

For details on our wine tours in Saint Emilion or Bergerac visit our dedicated website

From the acclaimed wine writer Natalie Maclean a wealth of international wine information with a measure of humour

Wine Know How from Oz Clarke

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