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Courvoisier renews its contracts
11 décembre 2002
Courvoisier, the cognac producer based in Jarnac, has just renewed its supplier contracts (1,100 wine growers) for three years, until 2004.

Cognac houses in court
4 décembre 2002
Three cognac houses (Delamain, Hardy and Ragnaud-Sabourin) are accused by the Office of Trading Standards of "fraud and cheating" for having dated cognacs beyond the legal limit (10 years maximum). They risk fines of 12,000 to 6,000 euros. The court will deliver its verdict by 15 January. In another move, the public prosecutor in Angoulême has called for a fine of 10,000 euros against the Xavier Charpenton cognac house in Gondeville for having passed off its vins de pays (country wines) as AOC (controlled origin). It will also learn its fate in mid-January. Trade professionals claim that there was no deliberate attempt to deceive and they regret that "the image of cognac is being tarnished, which it could well do without at the moment".

Cognac charms
27 novembre 2002
The operation "Ambassadors of cognac" once again won over many café owners, barmen, hotel and restaurant owners last Sunday and Monday, in the course of a tasting conference which brought together 18 professionals from Charente-Maritime, Brittany and Normandy. This gathering invites professionals to sign a charter which obliges them to offer cognac on their menu or to set the price at the same level as whisky. 423 establishments have already signed the charter.

Seeking out the distillers
27 novembre 2002
The distillers’ association in the cognac region are organizing open days on 21-22 and 28-29 December in 135 farms in the two Charente departments. In Cognac, the rue Bayard has been renamed rue Taransaud in honor of the renowned cooper Taransaud.

BNIC defines quality
20 novembre 2002
Last week the BNIC released its working paper concerning the definition of quality in relation to cognac. Roger Cantagrel, the director of the BNIC, hopes to lay down the guidelines of a quality procedure (measures taken to ensure the quality of the grapes, blending and aging...) without falling into the trap of standardization.

Cognac gallery
13 novembre 2002
Work is progressing on the cognac technology gallery. The 1,800 m2 devoted to the different stages in the production process (viticulture and vinification, distillation, cooperage, blending and aging, design, packaging and glasswork, ways to drink it) will be open to the public in spring 2004. It is hoped that it will attract 40,000 visitors each year. Over 200,000 people visit the cognac houses each year. This sector of the local economy is interesting more and more people.

Remy-Cointreau in fine fettle
13 novembre 2002
Remy-Cointreau is doing more than holding its own in the current depressed state of the stock markets (-31 % on the French Stock Exchange since the start of 2002). Its share price has risen by 20 % since the start of the year and rose an additional 4 % to 30.43 euros last Friday on the news of the first half-year profits : turnover up by 4.30 % to 479.5 million euros. The spirits division has fallen by 13 % but the group has taken steps to improve its distribution in China with regard to counterfeits. However, analysts consider that the present price is correct and that it should not rise any further.

Cognac espresso
6 novembre 2002
Joël Barrière, a coffee roaster in the rue d’Angoulême in Cognac, has created a "cognac XO", a powerful expresso with body, caramel and wood, with a slight hint of dried fruit, peaches and apricots, a subtle blend of coffees from America, Oceania and Africa. intended to be drunk with a glass of old cognac, which has won an award in Paris and been classed as one of the five best creations of the year.

Hine renews its range
6 novembre 2002
In the third part of its recovery plan following the integration of its bottling line at Hennessy and the sale of the premises at Souillac, Hine has unveiled its new range which has been reduced to four qualities of cognac (instead of 15). The VS category has been dropped and the first cognac on offer is a VSOP.

Pineau rally
6 novembre 2002
In order to avoid the visitor fatigue which inevitably occurs after successive guided tours, the pineau committee has organized a visit for wine waiters, barmen and journalists in the form of a rally. Sales of pineau continue to rise with 15.5 million bottles sold last year, a 9.6 % rise in France (11.8 million bottles) and 9.6 % abroad (3.7 million including 3 million in Belgium).

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