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Pernod-Ricard no. 2
17 janvier 2002
Following the takeover of Martell, which was finalized at the end of last year, Pernod-Ricard, which already had control of Bisquit and Renault, becomes the second largest cognac house with 2 million cases (compared to 160,000 cases for Renault and Bisquit alone, which Pernod-Ricard might have sold had the takeover not happened).

Cuvée Rabelais
17 janvier 2002
The Frapin cognac house has launched a Cuvée Rabelais, a limited edition of "unknown age" for which the oldest eaux-de-vie come from the Folle Blanche grape of around 1870. The cognac comes in a pendulum-shaped carafe at a price of 4,300 euros.

Cognac Cigar club
17 janvier 2002
On 14 January the guest of the Cognac Cigar club was the ambassador of Santo Domingo along with a group of aficionados from Brittany.

Pineau plays the test of strength
9 janvier 2002
Backed by a decision of the High Court in Auch, even though it is not final, 180 pineau brokers and producers brought together by the pineau producers union have decided to pay only 3.50 francs (the same as for sweet natural wines) in duty instead of 14 francs and to place the balance of 10.50 francs in a frozen account which will be used to promote pineau.

Sales of cognac
9 janvier 2002
The latest figures from the BNIC show a drop in sales of cognac at the end of the year (-11.5 % for exports in the year ending in November, including -58 % to Japan) and -15.2 % on the French market.

Thomas Hine & Cie
9 janvier 2002
A subsidiary of LVMH, Thomas Hine & Cie (42 employees, turnover of 9 million euros) is to concentrate its efforts on very high-quality top of the range products and close one of its three sites in Jarnac by the fall with the transfer of its bottling to Hennessy in Cognac. 22 employees are affected.

Mounier-Hardy
9 janvier 2002
The H Mounier cognac house, which has just taken over Hardy cognac, received two medals during the latest Wine & Spirit competition (Gold for the new 1st cru (production area) cognac and bronze for its XO).

Diversification of cognac
9 janvier 2002
To show that diversification is possible and to give the example, Remy-Martin has undertaken an experiment over the last four years to produce le domaine de Grollet, a vin de cepage (single grape variety) wine on 20 hectares. 80,000 bottles have been successfully produced and sold.

Hardy is preparing a " young " product
9 janvier 2002
Hardy cognac, which was sold to an English investment fund (KCP) 18 months ago and was recently taken over by H. Mounier, produces 30% of its turnover (10 million euros in total) in France, largely thanks to its strong presence in supermarkets (100,000 bottles per year). Now Hardy is preparing the launch of a new cognac aimed at young people which breaks with the " cognac " image since it is called " red Corner " and makes no reference to the Charente !

A de Fussigny
9 janvier 2002
The A. de Fussigny cognac house directed by Alain Royer has just carried out two very fine communications operations : participation in a " solidarity cuisines " evening with a 1964 Chandon Brut imperial and a Petrus, and a very complimentary article in the Femina magazine on the A. de Fussigny Fine champagne old reserve.

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