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Crafting Cognac – 15 Stages of Perfection

The art of crafting cognac from the vineyard to your cognac shelf is a long but complex and skillfully executed process. Learn all about each stage and read related articles here.

Stage 01: Vineyards

Stage 01: Vineyards

The vineyards of the Cognac Delimited Region include approximately 5,900 grape growers who produce white wine for Cognac making. The..

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Stage 02: Harvest

Stage 02: Harvest

Harvest time in Cognac France is usually in September.  However in 2011 and some unusual years it begins in August.  The harvest time is..

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Stage 03: Fermentation

Stage 03: Fermentation

Fermentation is a relatively short time in the production of Cognac.  It is a few important weeks compared to the multi-year time to age..

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Stage 04: Distillation

Stage 04: Distillation

Cognac is twice distilled.  The second distillation results in the eaux-de-vie having an alcohol content of 70%.  The distillation..

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Stage 05: Eau-de-Vie

Stage 05: Eau-de-Vie

Eau-d-vie means literally “water of life” and is a term that is used to refer to any distilled fruit.  The eau-de-vie (or..

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Stage 06: Barrels & Jars

Stage 06: Barrels & Jars

The barrels are a very important component in producing Cognac.  Cognac is often shifted between barrels to achieve proper..

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Stage 07: Ageing

Stage 07: Ageing

Ageing Cognac is an art.  The process is more complex than just holding the eau-de-vie in an oak barrel and the Cellar Master’s are..

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Stage 08: Blending

Stage 08: Blending

The Cellar Masters often blend up to 100 different eaux-de-vie to achieve the premium taste desired.  They assemble this into large wooden..

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Stage 09: Bottles

Stage 09: Bottles

Cognac bottles can be some of the most interesting and beautiful objects made.  Some are crystal made by famous artists or brands and..

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Stage 10: The Brands

Stage 10: The Brands

We are told there are over 500 different Cognac brands!  Whoa!  That is a ton of tasting for sure.  Count us in at Cognac.com to do our..

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Stage 11: Promotion

Stage 11: Promotion

Cognac Houses are some of the best marketers and showmen in the world.  Their advertising campaigns and promotional or talent support..

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Stage 12: Served

Stage 12: Served

Ahh, Cognac served up in a glass or meal.  There are many many cocktails that can be made with Cognac and the meals you can prepare with..

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Stage 13: The BNIC

Stage 13: The BNIC

The history and industry that is Cognac cannot be examined without also understanding the BNIC - Bureau National Interprofessionnel du..

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Stage 14: The People

Stage 14: The People

Those involved with the production of Cognac are some of the most interesting people you will meet.  Here we will highlight a few of them...

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Stage 15: The History

Stage 15: The History

The history of Cognac crosses continents and empires.  From Napoléon to Norway to Modern China Cognac has penetrated world history...

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