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Printemps des liqueurs
3 mai 2006
L&L Cognac, Louis Royer SAS, distillerie Merlet et Fils and Marnier-Lapostolle are taking part in the festival Printemps des Liqueurs (Liqueurs in Springtime » on 13 May. It will be the occasion to organize events and tastings.

VSOP on the move
2 mai 2006
Over the last twelve months, 33.5% of cognac sold worldwide has been VSOP. The category has progressed by 12.5%.

Marriage between cognac and the potato
2 mai 2006
As part of the Régalades festival to promote regional products, and in particular, potatoes from the Ile de Ré, the Camus cognac house has launched a new product : "île de Ré fine island cognac".

Cognac week
27 avril 2006
With the total amount of pure alcohol output reaching 452,906 hectoliters at the end of March (+2.9% compared to March 2005), the Bnic trade organization is organizing a week-long promotional campaign in Poitou-Charentes from 1 to 8 June. It has invested over 100,000 euros in the operation. In addition, the Bnic has just signed an agreement with the DCF (Dirigeants commerciaux de France). The 90 associations throughout the country will each be visited by the ambassador for cognac.

Hennessy thinks bigger
25 avril 2006
Hennessy is considering expanding its storage warehouses at Bagnolet by 43.7%. By 2009, the site could accommodate 1,185,260 hectoliters. The project is classed as a high Seveso threshold and has just been the subject of a public inquiry. Among the cognac houses there are 21 Seveso sites (2 high threshold, 19 low threshold).

Cocktail of cognac summer events
25 avril 2006
The association « Les Etapes du cognac » is preparing its 2006 season of events with, from 3 to 9 July : cognac and the vine ; from 17 to 23 July : cognac and stone ; from 7 to 13 August : cognac and the river and from 21 to 27 August : cognac and traditions. Tel. : 05 45 36 47 35.

Segonzac sees itself as a center of excellence
24 avril 2006
Segonzac (Charente) is a candidate for the national designation as a rural center of excellence for its wine and spirits branch.

Competition for new eaux-de-vie
24 avril 2006
The Young Farmers in the Charente and Charente-Maritime are organizing a competition for new eaux-de-vie. Samples must be collected before 15 May. Further information on : 05 456 91 41 91

Overdistilling
24 avril 2006
In the Cognac area, the 2006-2006 campaign may have produced 585,000 hectoliters of alcohol for distillation whereas the amount set at the start in 2005 was 544,000. The official figures will be released shortly by the Bnic.

Good results for cognac
21 avril 2006
LVMH has reported turnover in the first quarter 2006 of 3.6 billion(+12%). The wines and spirits branch has progressed by +16%. Rémy-Cointreau (Rémy-Martin cognac) has reported 2005-2006 turnover of 801.9 million euros (+6.4% annual, excluding Polish and Dutch activities which have been sold) thus maintaining its target of organic growth above 10% of current operating profits. In addition, the Hériard-Dubreuil family has denied rumors concerning the sale of Rémy Martin.

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