It is unlikely for someone to be a big surprise to hear that brandy is from France. You are undoubtedly aware of this. As well as that the name of the drink comes from the name of the town – Cognac (Cognac), located in the South-Western part of France, 120 km north of Bordeaux, in the region of Poitou-Charentes (Poitou-Charentes).
Cognac: history, age determination, drinking culture, tips Continue reading
As already mentioned, brandy has a reputation for being aristocratic and serious. On the one hand, it attracts a solvent audience, but on the other hand, it creates an unattractive image for young people. At the mention of the word “cognac” in the head, first of all, a middle-aged gentleman is sitting with a glass by the fireplace, and not at all funny guys at a party. Continue reading
Age of brandy – almost the most important thing in the eyes of consumers. A well-known sexist joke says that a man should drink brandy older than the woman with whom he sleeps. For many wealthy, but not very knowledgeable people, brandy generally begins with CW and ends with it. However, speaking of age, it is necessary to separate the legislative part and marketing. The fact is that there are not so many formal widespread categories of cognac. Here are the most famous ones: Continue reading
It all starts in the vineyard. Many varieties are allowed to make cognac, but currently 90% of the area is occupied by Ugni Blanc grapes, which came here from Italy several centuries ago. The remaining amount is more traditional Folle Blanche and Colombard.
Grapes are made quite sour and weak wine, with a strength of 7.5-10 degrees, which is then twice distilled in special distillery cubes, called Charentais alambikami. Continue reading
His reputation has historically been so high that in many countries, any and aged in oak barrels, became known as brandy. In an effort to protect and support their producers, the French government issued a decree as far back as 1909, which unequivocally indicated that the name “Cognac” had the right only to growers of grapes within strictly defined limits, producing the drink according to traditional technology and maintaining it years in oak barrels. Continue reading