Cognac Wine


Table wine production has existed in the Cognac region of France since the Romans first planted grapes for cultivation in ancient times. But Cognac as a brandy was born from serendipitous events in the 16th century, when the Dutch began trading with France for goods such as salt, wood and wine, transporting these commodities along the River Charente. They found the wine would often suffer in the journey back, so they took to transforming it into eau-de-vie, which also made it easier to store on board the ships. The Dutch began referring to this spirit as “brandewijn,” which means “burnt wine,” referring to the cooking aspect of distillation. Eventually this shortened to just “brandy.” Distillers realized the brandy would be smoother with a second distillation, and benefit from aging in barrels as with table wine. The name Cognac became synonymous with this special local brandy. In 1909, the name became official and in 1936, it was given its own AOC (Appellation Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

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  • Cognac lovers should know that the big, well known cognac houses; Hennessy, Martel, Remy Martin, Courvoisier etc own very little in the way of vines - they buy the vast majority of the basic eau-de-vie from small independent growers. There are several thousand of these small growers - all located in the quite small Cognac region in south-west Fr...

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  • Edgard Leyrat le Reviseur Vsop


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    Wine review by mark

  • Camus X.O. Superior Cognac France


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    Wine review by cmok

  • 1961 Corton Charlemagne and more! When tasted back in November 2009, ... ... a finely aged, top notch Cognac, but very dry and white wine on the palate. Unbelievable how long lasting this wine is, and a real revelation, quite comparable to the feeling I had when I discovered the Chateau d'Yquem 1967. Wine of the night, easily. The food match w... Read More

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  • You've never had liquor with chocolate 'pudding', Greg?  One ... but Calvados, grappa, marc, Cognac, Armagnac and even Bourbon have all made it in as substitutes from time to time.Sorry, but no red wine need apply for a match. Unless maaaaaaaybe Bandol.  ; Read More

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  • Had some folks over last night to do a preview of our upcoming June trip to ... ... that were splashed with cognac and stuffed with marscarpone and crushed amaretto cookies.Have to say, starting to really like that grenache grap Read More

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  • Hi I started this thread two years ago. We actually did not open the bottle ... I had feared but a bit like cognac or something.  Then about thirty minutes later, it had changed, so smooth, like different wine altogether.  An hour later, it was amazing, hard to describe, but this velvety smooth gorgeous taste, we marveled at the way the same w... Read More

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  • Capbern Gasqueton 2009


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    Wine review by Calamus

  • Damn the luck, I was ready to get into a bidding war. Read More

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  • Maybe she drank it! Read More

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  • The supposedly dear old woman trying to sell an old Lucien Foucauld Cognac that left a bogus email and phone number? I was just setting my hook when the thread was pulled. Read More

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