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Whisky pays homage to cognac !
25 novembre 2008
Whisky Magazine has just published a free 36-page glossy supplement devoted to cognac. “Enter with us into the extraordinary world of Cognac [...] Cognac will transport you just as much as whisky. As lovers of "uisge beatha" we have a duty to honor the nectars which are produced on our doorstep,” writes Martine Nouet, the editor of the French version. This special edition offers information on a range of subjects including technical aspects, the terroir, cocktails, cooking, cigars, places to discover, etc. as well as a tasting section composed of a "kaleidoscope of flavors and styles" which samples twenty-three cognacs, from the youngest to the oldest.

Hennessy dresses up for Christmas
20 novembre 2008
The designer T. Bastide has presented the bottle of Hennessy fine de cognac created for Christmas 2008. The decorative stopper was produced by Plasturgie haute performance (PHP) at Salles-d’Angles.

Raynal : William Grant makes a gesture
20 novembre 2008
The William Grant group has decided to give an additional 700,000 euros to the 42 employees laid off. Production, which had been blocked since 5 Novembre, has resumed. Each employee will receive 23 months’ salary in severance pay and a bonus of 17,000 euros. In exchange, the employees have promised not to file suit against William Grant at the labor relations board.

Purchase price : no change this year
19 novembre 2008
The major cognac houses are due to announce their purchase prices soon. Any changes should be minimal.

Cognac shipments fall by 9.1% over the course of a year
18 novembre 2008
Shipments of cognac in the twelve months to 31 October fell by 9.1% compared to 3.1% at the end of September.

Seguin-Moreau takes a stake in Boisé France
17 novembre 2008
The Cognac cooperage Seguin-Moreau has just acquired 49% of the capital of Boisé France, a specialist in oak chips.

Customs closing in Cognac
17 novembre 2008
The Cognac Customs office (7 customs officers) will close its doors for good in 2010, along with 69 other offices out of 255 nationally. While 98% of cognac is exported, the center for viticulture and cognac (14 employees) is being retained but the 7 Customs officers carry out the customs clearance operations and export formalities. The labor unions are mobilizing.

Breton defends premiumisation
17 novembre 2008
In an interview for the Sud-Ouest newspaper, L. Breton, the CEO of Martell MummPerrier-Jouët, goes back over current sales of cognac and his strategy, which includes more top-of-the-range products. He still believes that it is possible, one day, for merchant houses to ship 20 million cases per year (11 million in 2007), points out that Martell is investing in new storehouses (90,000 hl at Chanteloup and 150,000 at Lignères), and clarifies his brand strategy (Martell as a world brand, Renault in Scandinavia and Bisquit in Western Europe).

Higher price for brandies
17 novembre 2008
S. Dathané, the director of the international center for eaux-de-vies , considers that European brandies should be sold at a higher price as their present price is poorly positioned.

Bouchages Delage and literature
17 novembre 2008
Eight employees at Bouchages Delage (Gensac-la-Pallue) make up the jury for a prize « Bouchon de culture » created by the company as part of a partnership with the European literature salon in Cognac.

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