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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  • 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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  • EM - I'm feeling the desire for a Ridge Zinfandel, but that would mean a ... a ... him opening the 2003 cognac at the end, but I have a picture to prove it.  I don't think we had a dessert but who knows?  We managed to walk back home but the next day (Sunday) we both were hung over and of course we realized that this was just too much alcohol... Read More

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  • Navan Cognac Vanilla'

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    Unfortunately, Navan is no longer available in the U.S. except through private auction. But, we have a great substitute for Navan. It's called Artez Arvani and is an Armagnac in which full Madagascar vanilla beans have steeped. It's a little less sweetened than Navan however, which is actually good for the cocktails. Check us out, www.heavenlysp... Read More

    Wine review by Ndolin


  • A few other things to keep in mind. The grape with the most acreage under vine, ... course is the grape used in Cognac and Armagnac and less-distinguished brandies.Rkatsiteli I'm skeptical about. It's hard to get real figures. The grape is from Georgia and it produced a lot of plonk for the Soviet Union. There's not much of it anywhere else. Th... Read More

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  • GrapesTen different varieties of Armagnac grapes are authorised for use in the ... ... same top contributors as Cognac.  But don't you always wonder what goes into anything you put in your mouth? I'm so curious I might call Korbel and find out what my father has been putting in his mouth.  (And he should be having a celebratory drink--he becam... Read More

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  • Colombard and Ugni Blanc are two of the three grapes that are required to make ... up 90% of anything called Cognac.  Brandy can be almost anything, including non-grape sources, but what you would think of as Brandy--and SA is a big producer of brandy made from grapes--uses Colombard among other grapes.  If you look at the original post and it... Read More

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  • Colombard is commonly used in Armagnac and Cognac. By regulation for it to qualify as a Cru, Cognac needs to be at least 90% from Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Folle Blanche. The wine used in the distilling process is often described as pretty much crap on its own. Doesn't bode well for the bottle in the OP for this thread!Requirements aren't as str... Read More

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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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