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The pineau committee prepares its anniversary
13 octobre 2008
The trade committee for pineau des Charentes will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2009. A special cuvée or blend called “Diamant” to mark the anniversary will be prepared on the island of Oleron (Charente-Maritime) and harvested on 13 October.

Louis XIII - showcase for cognac
9 octobre 2008
“Louis XIII” from Rémy Martin is the supreme incarnation of the luxury of cognac. It is made using 1,200 eaux-de-vie from Grande Champagne selected by three generations of cellar masters, and is now playing a role in the vast communication plan being organized by Rémy Cointreau to boost sales of cognac in Europe, above all to get people talking as its price means that it is reserved for a few wealthy clients, most often from Asia, America or Russia. It went on sale for the first time in 1874 in a bottle, inspired by a 16th century military canteen, which has remained unchanged ever since. “It’s our Chanel n°. 5” jokes Christian Liabastre, the vice president of Rémy Cointreau. The bottle, which is made of crystal at St-Louis and Baccarat, requires the simultaneous participation of 12 glassmakers. Rémy Martin’s usual centaur on the side of the bottle is replaced by 8 fleur-de-lis. The retail price is 1,500 euros per bottle but certain special editions can reach as much as 8,000 euros.

Disappointing harvest in the Cognac area
9 octobre 2008
The Bnic viticultural station is expecting a “disappointing” yield (under 100 hectoliters per hectare).

Charente, shares and the Stock Exchange
9 octobre 2008
Companies present in the Charente, or with their roots there, are suffering : Rémy Martin has lost 44% at 27.31 euros since the start of the year, LVMH and Pernod Ricard have tumbled by 37.09% (52.01 euros) and 37.87% (49.11 euros) respectively.

Innovation at Rémy Martin
8 octobre 2008
Rémy Martin has decided not to give up on the French market by launching a new product : Coeur de Cognac. With an alcohol content of 40%, it is intended to stem the decline of cognac on the French market where Rémy Martin claims 35% of market share with 400,000 cases (12 million worldwide).

D. Hériard-Dubreuil in Top 50
8 octobre 2008
Dominique Hériard-Dubreuil, the president of the Rémy Cointreau group, is in 42nd place on the list of the most powerful businesswomen, according to Fortune magazine.

Prefect visits Hennessy
8 octobre 2008
The prefect of the Charente visited the Hennessy cognac house (La Vignerie production facility, the Bagnolet distillery and the chais du fondateur (founder’ storehouse) in Cognac) on 8 October.

Eaux-de-vie in Monaco
8 octobre 2008
The international center for eaux-de-vie in Segonzac will be taking part in the Luxe Pack trade fair in Monaco from 28 to 31 October.

Award for Frapin
2 octobre 2008
The International Spirit Challenge in London has singled out Frapin cognac : its Multimillésime (1982, 1983 and 1985) won universal approval. There will be a limited production run of 1,270 bottles (it costs 120 euros in a presentation case).

Raynal : employees demonstrate
2 octobre 2008
The William Grant group has decided to close its production facility for Raynal brandy in Cognac on 31 December and to relocate it in Glasgow. 42 employees find themselves out of a job. They held a demonstration on 1 October.

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