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Cognac counting on the US
26 mars 2003
In 2002, 4.8 million bottles were sold in the United States. In order to head off any "commercial reprisal measures" the cognac houses increased their shipments to the US by 40.4 % in January and 28.8% in February.

New line of cognac
26 mars 2003
Francis Georgel, the head of a consulting firm, is launching a new line of luxury cognacs under the name of "chevaliers de la Jarretière" which will be sold by cru and by grape variety at 370 euros minimum a bottle. He is also opening a trendy café in Paris under the name "Cognac d’auteurs" with cognac tastings.

Remy-Martin welcomes the chefs
26 mars 2003
Rémy Martin welcomed 60 master chefs on 25 March who are currently attending a congress in Poitiers.

Oreco moving
26 mars 2003
Oreco (a storage organization with 45 employees) has just emptied its last storehouse in the center of Cognac and is taking the opportunity to extend its administrative offices. All the stocks are now at Merpins. The training course for tasting eaux-de-vie begins in mid-April.

Cognac on line
26 mars 2003
The company cognac-on-line, which publishes the website le-cognac.com, brings together 68 producers, employs one person full-time with two part-time employees, considers that it has now reached financial stability. It is to organize tastings.

Charente vins de pays in fine shape
26 mars 2003
The production potential for vins de pays in the Charente reached almost 100,000 hectoliters in 2002. In 2001, 90,000 hectoliters were sold (43 % of white, 18 % of rosé and 39 % of red). Roger Girard, the president of the Comité de promotion des vins de pays charentais, pointed out during the committee’s AGM that the promotion and clear identification of the products is an essential means for development. A special bottle has been produced in collaboration with Saint-Gobain.

Crime film festival
26 mars 2003
The Cognac crime film festival, which will take place from 10 to 13 April, has a budget of 60,000 euros and economic consequences four times greater (1.9 million euros in press spin-offs and 54,000 euros for local hotels, according to the organizers (Bureau national du cognac).

Musée des arts du cognac
19 mars 2003
The exhibition area currently undergoing building work in the place de la Salle-Verte in Cognac is to be called the "Musée des arts du cognac". It is to open in spring 2004 and its 1,600 m2 will be devoted notably to viticulture, distillation, design and packaging. Work began in January 2001 at a cost of 3 million euros.

Hypnotiq takes the US by storm
19 mars 2003
Presented in champagne bottles revamped by the Linéa agency (Angoulême), Hypnotiq, a cocktail based on cognac and vodka, created by the Merlet company at Chérac and marketed by an American company which owns the brand name, is a repeat of the success story of Alizée, the celebrated cocktail from L&L. 700,000 cases have been sold in 12 months.

Foreign sales of wines and spirits
19 mars 2003
Figures revealed by the French Center for foreign trade show foreign sales of French wines and spirits worth 7.7 billion euros. The largest customers are Great Britain, Germany and Belgium.

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