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Taking stock of pineau
3 novembre 2009
The leaders of the national pineau committee are being received by Charente county council on Thursday 5 November to discuss the situation of pineau production.

New academic year at the Université des eaux-de-vie
28 octobre 2009
The International University of spirits in Segonzac (Charente) starts its 22nd year on 4 November at 3 p.m. The president will give a lecture on the spirits market in India.

Vine and wine meeting
22 octobre 2009
The BNIC is hosting a 2-day decentralized meeting of the International Organization of Vine and Wine.

Chinese journalists in Cognac
22 octobre 2009
A delegation of Chinese journalists has been invited by the county tourism committee to discover Cognac. They visited Camus on Wednesday.

Pineau cocktails competition
20 octobre 2009
A competition for cocktails based on pineau is being organized next Monday in Jarnac (Charente).

LVMH resisting well
20 octobre 2009
LVMH has announced sales of 11.9 billion euros for the first nine months of 2009. Sales fell by 3% in the 3rd quarter. Hennessy cognac has performed well in the emerging markets and improved in the United States.

Charente Italy exclusive partnership for luxury decanters
8 octobre 2009
Bormioli Luigi, an Italian company specializing in luxury bottles for perfume and tableware, and the Charente-based Groupe de la Seine are going to collaborate for the cognac market. The Italian company, which produces notably the bottle for Chanel n°5, has invested almost 2 million euros to create 14 prestigious decanters to be used for the best blends. An exclusive partnership has been signed for the packaging. Seven designers from the Charente will create new models. “We offer standard products, but, above all, we offer specific products”, explains Felice Nardiello, the commercial director at Bormioli Luigi. With its mastery of the most advanced techniques, the Italian company will also be able to produce custom-made products.

Platinum Pentaward for packaging for L’Or de Martell
8 octobre 2009
The Parisian design agency Dragon Rouge has won a platinum Pentaward for the creation of the packaging for l’Or de Martell. The bottle was developed is close collaboration with Cristallerie de Sèvres. It is presented in a case which reflects the sophistication of the brand. The agency was given the mission of positioning this cognac as the most complete and the highest quality in the range and to meet three needs : be recognized as one of the ultra premium cognacs, be aimed at extremely demanding consumers seeking status and ostentation, but with different cultural backgrounds (Russia, USA, China), be consistent with the values of Martell and the other products in the range. Starting with the concept of the “golden ratio”, the designers created a crystal decanter where the cognac is concentrated into a single droplet suspended from an arch decorated with Martell arabesques in gold. The semi-circular shape of the stopper completes the decanter and enhances its voluptuous curves.

Grand-Marnier strengthens its Bourg-Charente facility
7 octobre 2009
Grand-Marnier, the 5th largest buyer of eau-de-vie from Charente winegrowers, is setting up its distillery in Bourg-Charente (Charente) to produce the orange extracts which are then incorporated into Grand-Marnier. It will be operational at the end of 2012. Nine employees will transfer to these new buildings.

Cognac grape harvest under way
30 septembre 2009
The harvest began on Monday 28 September in the 75,000 hectares of ugni blanc of the cognac production region. The average yield is expected to be 110 hectoliters per hectare (compared to 90hl/hectare in 2008). Last year the double use vines in Charente and Charente-Maritime produced 6,768,120 hectoliters of white wine. Over 99% was distilled to make cognac.

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