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Bottle for vin de pays Charentais
10 décembre 2003
The promotion committee for vin de pays Charentais (local wines) is presenting its bottle, designed by Saint-Gobain, in Cognac on 11 December. It hopes that local producers will use it to develop this local product.

New president for the CNAOC
10 décembre 2003
Christian Paly has been appointed as president of the national confederation of wines and spirits of controlled origin (AOC).

Courvoisier coming up to standard
3 décembre 2003
The Courvoisier cognac company is currently carrying out work at its Baloire facility in Jarnac to ensure its building, classed Seveso 2, meets the norms.

Awards for cognacs
3 décembre 2003
The 2003 competition "Saveurs Poitou-Charentes" has presented awards to several cognac producers - Paul Beau (Segonzac), H. Mounier, Henri Geffard from Veriières, L&L, Brard-Blanchard (Boutiers), Ferrand from Ars and Domaine de Drouet & Fils (Salles d’Angles).

White pineau in the adverts
3 décembre 2003
A communication campaign for pineau blanc des Charentes has just been launched. Advertisements will appear not only in culinary magazines but also in news magazines. 136,000 hectoliters of white pineau were produced in 2002. It provides work for 800 people in the Charente and Charente-Maritime including400 wine growers and covers 5,000 hectares (15 % of the Charente vineyards).

Pernod-Ricard
3 décembre 2003
Pernod-Ricard, thanks to its successful takeover of the Seagram spirits branch, is now in third place in the world in terms of wines and spirits. Under the direction of Patrick Ricard, the group is seeking to develop its sales of Martell cognac in the United States through the launch of an advertising campaign aimed at the US.

New product at Hennessy
3 décembre 2003
Hennessy is unveiling a new product on 15 December in Paris at the hotel d’Evreux, place Vendôme.

Martell doing well in China
3 décembre 2003
The cognac company Martell & Co has seen its sales in China grow by 83% in the course of the year. In this country, overall sales of cognac have shot up by 143.1% in the last twelve months.

"Grey goose" vodka from H. Mounier in the US
26 novembre 2003
At Gensac-la Pallue, an American importer, Sidney Frank Importing Corporation, has entrusted H. Mounier with the production of a vodka called "Grey Goose". 10 million euros have been invested in the installation of a production unit, with the construction of a building covering 6,500 m2, including two bottling lines with a capacity of 7,000 to 12,000 bottles an hour. 15 to 20 people are employed at this facility. The United States is the main market for the product.

New cellar master at Martell
26 novembre 2003
In Cognac, Bruno Lemoine is the new cellar master at Martell. He replaces Patrick Ragenaud who has moved to Marnier-Lapostolle.

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