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Region backing Pineau combat
15 décembre 2009
Alongside the vote of the 2010 budget, the Region has approved a motion giving backing to the struggle by the pineau and spirits professional trade organization (including Pineau des Charentes and Armagnac) against the surcharge in comparison to other alcohols of the same order (vins cuits..)

Cognac : November figures
15 décembre 2009
The BNIC published its figures for November on 14 November which show a fall in shipments of -13.8% over a 12-month period to 128.2 million bottles. On the other hand, the month of November has improved over November 2008 (+1%). The 2009 harvest produced 8,237 million of white wine, compared to 6.77 million last year.

Courvoisier
14 décembre 2009
Patrice Pinet, the CEO of Courvoisier, has explained that as a result of the turnaround in the US market which still represents 45% of its sales, the company is in the process of readjusting its sales, notably towards Asia and Russia.

25,000 euros for exceptional 1788 bottle
8 décembre 2009
A bottle of “Le Clos du Griffier” fine champagne cognac from 1788 was sold on Monday evening for 25,000 during a wine auction at the Paris restaurant “La Tour d’Argent”.

Hine presents its new range
8 décembre 2009
Yesterday Hine cognacs presented their range to sommeliers from Poitou-Charentes, on the occasion of their AGM. Hine has 70 hectares at Bonneuil, in the heart of the Grande Champagne, and sells 60,000 cases each year (including 40,000 under the Hine brand and others under the Monnet brand).

New storehouses for Oreco
8 décembre 2009
The cognac economic organization (Oreco) has built 5 new storehouses in 2009 and has plans for two new projects within 4 years.

Organic viticulture : cognac must go all the way
8 décembre 2009
Lionel Pelletier, a winegrower and cereal farmer at St-martial-sur-le-Né (Charente-maritime), has been a convert to organic farming since 2001. He has been the president of Vitibio Poitou-Charentes since April. Part of his vine production goes into cognac (Rémy Martin). Fabien Ruscassie, a coordinator at the Charente chamber of organic agriculture, considers that cognac merchants have a role to play in the development of the organic field and the conversion of winegrowers in the Charente. He analyses the situation by saying that “Organic methods have developed more in the Bordeaux area because there are more opportunities to promote it in relation to the finished product” and calls for the appearance of organic cognacs in the stores. This point of view is shared by Olivier Séguin, an organic winegrower at Marsac (Charente).

Cognac et cuisine d’aujourd’hui
4 décembre 2009
Françoise Barbin-Lécrevisse, from the Saintes area, and the sommelier Olivier Rey have just released “Cognac et cuisine d’aujourd’hui”, published by Editions du Croix Vif.

SVBC calls for 9.5 hl yield
4 décembre 2009
The SVBC winegrowers and distillers’ union has put its case to the négoce (cognac merchants) for a yield at 9.5 hl per hectare instead of the current figure of 8 hl.

Hennessy takes in water
4 décembre 2009
The Hennessy cognac house is hosting an exhibition called “H2O”, devoted to water, until April. The Parisian agency “5.5 Designers” has created a carafe water filter and “eternal ice cubes” to accompany Hennessy’ Fine de Cognac.

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