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New president for the SVBC
11 décembre 2008
François-Jérôme Prioton, a winegrower at Auge-St-Médard (Charente), has been elected as the president of the winegrowers’ and distillers’ union (SVBC) to succeed Jean-Christophe Véral.

New committee for the SGV
11 décembre 2008
Christophe Forget succeeds Jean-Bernard de Larquier as president of the winegrowers’ union (SGV). He is a winegrower at Allas-Champagne (Charente-Maritime). His vice-presidents are : Patrick Brisset, Jean-Paul Barbut, Marie-Laure St-Martin, Eric Gauche and Jean-Christophe Baraud.

“Bonnes Chauffes” to discover cognac and its secrets
11 décembre 2008
This year the association des bouilleurs de cru (distillers’s association) and the Etapes du cognac have joined forces to organize the “Bonnes Chauffes” which begins this weekend with numerous events in the cognac houses. Didler Lembert, the president of the distillers’ association, is organizing visits of his property at Montchaude (Charente).

The ampélopole revives the chauché gris
11 décembre 2008
The vineyard conservatory (or ampélopole) at Cherves-Richemont has just held a very special tasting as the white wines and pineau in question were obtained from chauché gris, a grape variety which proliferated in the Charente area in the 18th century. This grape variety, which is poorly suited to distilling and was a victim of the harsh winter of 1709, gradually fell into disuse until Michel Pelletier, a winegrower, found an ancient vine in 2003 at La Couarde-en-Ré.

Saury buys a stave mill in Normandy
9 décembre 2008
The Saury cooperage (100 employees, turnover of 30 million euros, 50,000 barrels annually) which is based in Brive and present in Cognac (Leroi cooperage) and St-Ciers-Champagne (Erable cooperage), has bought a stave mill at Pérrou (Orne) with a capacity of 1,500m3.

No crisis for barrel-making in the Charente
9 décembre 2008
Barrel-making is booming and competition is strong : at the Vinitech trade fair last week in Bordeaux, 38 cooperages were present with 10 from the Charente including Vicard (120 employees and annual production of 60,000 barrels in Cognac) and Doreau (gensac, 10,000 barrels annually). 50% of French barrels are produced in the Poitou-Charentes.

Inspection at A. de Fussigny
9 décembre 2008
Two inspectors from the national customs investigation agency, sent from Paris, carried out an inspection on 8 December at A. de Fussigny in Cognac, in order to go through their administrative documents and check the quantities of spirits (90% of brandy, 10% of cognac) leaving and entering. Managers have denounced the relentless discrimination due to the presence of Russian capital.

Martell : cognac goes up market
6 décembre 2008
With the crisis hitting hard, Martell is still banking on the top end of the market. With the launch of the prestigious “L’or de Jean Martell” at Versailles and 300 million in investments since 2006, it has reduced the proportion of standard products from 60% to 40% in favor of XO products.

Vivitech : prices up and sales down
6 décembre 2008
40,000 people visited the Vinitech wine and spirits trade exhibition in Bordeaux over three days in early December. Christophe Véral, the president of the Federation of cognac winegrowers and producers (FVPC) took part in the event. In particular, he visited the grape harvesting machine stand, because the agricultural cooperative of which he is a member may buy a machine. He noted the increasing price of equipment :”Grape harvesting machines have risen by 10% in a year and by 27% in five years.”

Cœur de cognac from Rémy Martin
4 décembre 2008
Rémy Martin has launched “Coeur de cognac”, meant to be drunk on crushed ice as an aperitif, and which is aimed at young consumers at a price ranging from 40 to 100 euros.

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