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ADG enters BNIC
11 juin 2009
The ADG (cognac appellation defense association), which was created a year ago, has been absorbed by the BNIC professional trade organization.

Vine prices
10 juin 2009
The average price of a hectare of vines in Charente in 2008 was 27,500 euros, a 9.2% increase over 2007 (+68.5% compared to 1998).

Fair trade vodka
10 juin 2009
A. Koiranski and J.-F. Daniel, former employees of cognacs Ferrand, have launched Fair vodka, made from quinoa from Bolivia and wheat from Beauce, which is distilled and bottled in Cognac. The launch begins on 15 June in Paris.

Spirits exports fall
8 juin 2009
In Charente, exports of spirits stood at 195.9 million euros in the first quarter of 2009 compared to 302.7 million in the first quarter of 2008 (-35.4%). Cognac and other alcohols account for half of exports from Charente (371 million).

Cognac under the hammer
5 juin 2009
A cognac auction will take place on 17 September at Bourg-Charente.

Aroma wheel for cognac
5 juin 2009
Following the Cognac international summit which took place a the end of January, an "Aroma wheel" has been developed. It is an educational document from the Bnic.

Winegrowing : financial aid must be paid back
5 juin 2009
Marie-Line Reynaud, a member of Parliament, has questioned Michel Barnier, the Agriculture minister, about the repayment of additional aid for the restructuring of the vineyards in the Charente which was received between 1998 and 2002 by 631 Charente winegrowers. The aid was ruled to be illegal by the European Community Court of Justice in December 2002. The minister has stated that the winegrowers will have to pay it back. "In the event of falure to do so, the European Commission can refer the case once again to the Court of Justice to have France ordered to pay a fine, and also substantial daily coersive penalties. The winegrowers must also pay the interest due for late payment which runs from the collection date.

Award for eau-de vie
5 juin 2009
Emmanuel and Laurence Février from Macqueville have just won the first prize in the producers’ competition for of eau-de-vie not aged in oak casks in the canton of Matha (Charente-Maritime).

Hennessy creates new brand
3 juin 2009
Last weekend Hennessy presented its “Hennessy Black” which is intended for the American market.

Winegrowers’ union : AGM in a difficult situation
3 juin 2009
The winegrowers’ union (SGV) held its annual general meeting in a gloomy situation : cognac sales down by 12.3% in a year, an average 12% drop in the price paid to winegrowers for eau-de vie over the last year. The yield has been set at 8.12 hl of pure alcohol per hectare, compared to 10.85 last year.

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