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Stylish case for Otard
4 décembre 2008
The designer and interior architect Christophe Millet has been entrusted by the Otard cognac house with creating the VSOP case for the end-of-year festivities.

Cognac winegrowers and producers
4 décembre 2008
Christophe Véral is to give up the presidency of the winegrowers’ and distillers’ union (SVBC) on 8 December. He has been elected as president of the new Federation of cognac winegrowers and producers.

Courvoisier : death of Albert de Dion
4 décembre 2008
A. de Dion, the former CEO of Courvoisier cognac (Jarnac), has died at the age of 88.

Winegrowers’ union
2 décembre 2008
Christophe Forget, a winegrower from Charente-Maritime, has been elected as president of the winegrowers’ union (SGV).

Gold for Martell’s Chinese wholesalers
29 novembre 2008
Martell played host on Tuesday to 400 Chinese wholesalers at the chateau de Versailles (Yvelines) for the launch of “L’Or de Jean Martell”, its latest top-of-the-range cognac.

Two awards for Litho-Bru
29 novembre 2008
Litho-Bru (labels in Cognac and Jarnac) has received two awards for best printer (offset and combined) at the packaging trade fair in Paris for two champagne labels, Krug and Bollinger rosé.

An 1811 cognac from Angoulême slumbering in Monaco
29 novembre 2008
The cellar of the Société des bains de mer in Monaco contains 450,000 more or less prestigious bottles of wine and spirits. Among them is a bottle of cognac dating from 1811, produced by the Sazerac de Forge family, whose storehouses were not in Cognac but Angoulême, in the L’Houmeau quarter, set between the river and the high part of the town. This cognac from Grande Champagne comes from a blend called “Roi de Rome”.

Cognac : chill wind for sales
27 novembre 2008
Shipments of cognac have tumbled since the start of the year and people in the trade admit that the next 2 years may well be difficult. Shipments to the US have fallen by 17.3% over a year despite shipments exceeding consumer demand, and this figure may reach 23.8% in the last quarter. Sales in Europe have fallen by 15% over a year (-28% in France). Even so, some figures in the business remain confident, following the example of Lionel Breton (Martell-Mumm) who is looking towards Asia. However, the Asian market, which is keen on XO, creates value rather than volume which is synonymous with jobs.

Martell gives preference to winegrowers under contract
27 novembre 2008
Martell has announced that it would buy 27,900 hl of pure alcohol for 2008 (compared to 21,891 hl in 2007). If quantity purchased were to be reduced, it would be at the expense of sellers on the free market, but not winegrowers under contract with the cooperative. The price paid will be raised by +2.48%.

Try the cognac experience
27 novembre 2008
The website ’experience-cognac’, launched by the regional tourism committee, has been nominated in the category « best theme site » by the regional agency for de development of the information society (Ardesi) during the institutional tourism forum in Toulouse. The site presents events organized around cognac.

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