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Les étapes du cognac
15 juillet 2008
Each Tuesday until 30 September, the tourist association "Les étapes du cognac" is offering discovery days. Tuesday 15 July, 19 different stopping points to discover architecture in the Grande Champagne at St-Preuil and Bouteville, an introduction to brûlot charentais (coffee flambéed with cognac and sugar) at Montchaude and a visit to a small vineyard at Lignières-Sonneville and the surrounding rich heritage (11th century chapel and 12th century church).

Hennessy toasts its young suppliers
15 juillet 2008
During the fete du cognac Hennessy took the opportunity to organize a reception close to its visitors’ center for 55 guests and their partners, all wine growers aged under 35, who supply cognac to Hennessy. The cognac house is hoping to improve its relations with suppliers of the future.

Russian magnet has huge ambitions for Croizet
11 juillet 2008
The domaine de Lajasson, between Sireuil and Trois-Palis (Charente), belongs to the Russian Vadim Varshavskiv, a deputy and magnate in metallurgy, who made his first public appearance in the Charente yesterday on the occasion of the inauguration of the domain which has been renovated. He is also the owner of Croizet cognac at St-Même-les-Carrières, for which he is aiming at annual activity of 10 million euros within two years and eventually 100 million (compared to 4 million today and 1.5 million a year ago at the time of the takeover) and is preparing to buy another cognac-producing domain of 45 hectares situated between the Charente and the Charente-Maritime

Hennessy at full speed
8 juillet 2008
The Hennessy bottling facility at La Vignerie (5 million cases per year) is running at full speed to cope with the end-of-year peak in sales : 600,000 cases per month in July, September and October.

Kobrand takes control of L&L
8 juillet 2008
While Jean-Paul Lafragette is still in custody in Angoulême, his representatives have signed an agreement with the American company Kobrand giving it control of the entire capital of L&L (cognac-based cocktails, 60 employees, headquarters in the Charente and bottling facility at Boé in the Lot-et-Garonne). The agreement, which has yet to be approved by the commercial courts in Cognac and Bordeaux, was put to staff representatives yesterday.

Seguin-Moreau optimistic
8 juillet 2008
Seguin-Moreau, France’s leading cooperage, employs 350 people on six sites throughout the world (including 200 at Merpins). The company is opening a new cooperage in Burgundy next Thursday and has just been awarded the gold medal of the French Academy of Agriculture for its research into the interaction between wine and alcohols and oak wood.

Oréco expanding at Merpins
8 juillet 2008
Merpins town council has authorized the Oréco company (storage of eau-de-vie) to enlarge its facilities (5 additional storehouses in addition to the existing 15).

Iréo at Cherves performing well
8 juillet 2008
With a 90% pass rate in the BTS viticulture and oenology diploma, the Iréo at Cherves-Richemont is in first place nationwide, even if this success rate was achieved with only 9 candidates (only 1 failed) !

Grey Goose superstar
3 juillet 2008
4 million cases of Grey Goose vodka (Bacardi), produced at Gensac-la-Pallue, sold throughout the world, or 48 million bottles, is greater than the total combined shipments of Rémy-Martin and Martell.

Croizet takes stock of production
3 juillet 2008
The Croizet merchant house at St-Même-les-Carrières, which was taken over a year ago by the Russian Wine Trust, does 60% of its business in brandy and 40% in cognac. Executives hope that its entry into the cognac houses union will put an end to rumors. Turnover at June 2007 (2.4 million euros) has almost doubled in a year.

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