Cognac Sales Hit Record For Fourth Year In a Row

Cognac Sales Volume Growth Reported Across All Designations

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) announced that Cognac sales rose to record levels during 2018. Sales of Cognac were up 5.2% in volume and 0.7% in value from the record year of 2017. Approximately 204.2 million bottles of cognac, valued at 3.21 billion Euros, were sold in 2018.

It was the second year in a row that cognac shipments topped 200 million bottles.

During the calendar year of 2016, the BNIC reported sales of approximately 179.1 million bottles of cognac and approximately 200.8 million bottles in 2017.

U.S. sales during 2018 were 87.4 million bottles or approximately 43% of total cognac sales.

Source: Le Bureau National Interprofessone du Cognac

Here are the BNIC sales numbers for 2018:

Cognac Sales by Geography during the calendar year 2018

Ninety-eight percent of cognac sales during the year were exports.

  • 2018 North America – 90.4 million bottles
  • 2018 Far East – 60.1 million bottles, with Singapore and China accounting for 27.2 and 24.2 million bottles, respectively
  • 2018 Europe – 39.4 million bottles, with France accounting for just 4.6 million bottles
  • 2018 Rest of World – 14.3 million bottles

Cognac Sales By Type during 2018

  • Very Special (VS). Cognac rated VS was approximately 49.4% of all cognac shipments.
  • Very Superior Old Pale (VSOP). Cognac rated VSOP was approximately 39.1% of all cognac shipments.
  • Extra Old (XO). Cognac rated XO was approximately 11.5% of all cognac shipments.

Cognac sales numbers: BNIC

About the BNIC: It is a trade association, founded in 1946 representing growers, producers, and merchants from the Cognac Appellation region. To learn more visit

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