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Delamain : the other cognac
3 décembre 2007
The Delamain cognac house (Jarnac) produces artisanal prestigious old cognacs. It has a turnover of 3 million and produces 30,000 cases (87% in exports).

Half-year results from Rémy-Cointreau
28 novembre 2007
Rémy-Cointreau has reported a turnover of 374.4 million euros (+5.7%) in the first six months of 2007/2008 (between April and September). Sales in the cognac branch (Rémy-Martin) are up by +13% with operating income up by +12.8% at 40 million.

Death of Alain de Pracomtal
28 novembre 2007
The world of cognac is in mourning following the death of Alain de Pracomtal, the president of Hennessy cognacs from 1975 to 1992.

Maison des Maines reduces its wine production
28 novembre 2007
In the light of the shortage of raw material for cognac, the association Charente Viticole de Segonzac (charente), whose wine brand Maison des Maines was created in the 1990s as a diversification market for the Charente vineyards, has reduced its yield objective from 340 to 170 ha for the next campaign. It is also disposing of its site at Pons where it produced vines for white wine.

New flacon design for Fine de cognac
25 novembre 2007
The Hennessy cognac house has entrusted the design of its Fine de cognac flacon for the festive period to the designer and draftsman Eric Giriat. His objective was to give Hennessy cognac a young urban look. At the same time, Hennessy has opened the doors of its gallery on the quays of the Charente in Cognac until 8 January.

Cognac and the distillers
25 novembre 2007
With record results, cognac is all over the media at the moment : Europe 1, BFM, Les Echos, etc. Winegrower distillers, currently in the middle of the busy distilling period, are having to face up to a 15% hike in the price of propane gas.

Record for Charente vineyards
22 novembre 2007
The BNIC has reported that sales of cognacs, pineau and liqueurs from the Charente and Charente-Maritime between October 2006 and October 2007 reached 506,000 hl of pure alcohol, some 180.8 million bottles. Cognac broke the all-time record with 163 million bottles sold in the 12 months to the end of October (456,582 hl up by 8.5% over a year and by 18% over 2 years.) The leading market is the United States (57.3 million bottles) where the main consumers of cognac are in the black population, ahead of Singapore (17.2), the United Kingdom (12.6), China (10.7) and Germany (7.9).

Charente winegrowers want to even out production
21 novembre 2007
The wine producing sector in the Charente (growers and buyers) are fed up with variations in the production quantities, and given that that 2007 harvest will certainly not reach the QNV set at 10.62 hl/PA/hectare, a system of reserves is under consideration which would enable variations in production to be handled in a more global manner. The system would be in two parts : part of the reserve would be stocked in stainless steel vats (no ageing, it remains in count 0) and another part would be put to ageing. The BNIC is considering a regulatory framework to oversee and safeguard the practice (a previous attempt failed and the stock was sold as an exceptional measure.

BNIC launches its photo gallery
21 novembre 2007
The BNIC trade organization is putting a gallery of 500 free photographs on line (phototheque.cognac.fr). It is also setting up an RSS information feed. It is taking part in the Gastronomades this week-end.

Legal difficulties for Lafragette
20 novembre 2007
The Kobrand group, which distributes Alizé in the United States and is a partner of Jean-Paul Lafragette, has filed a complaint in the New York federal court against J.-P. Lafragette and his two daughters for : misleading advertizing, fault, fraud, drawing up false certificates for export to the United States and interstate shipments.

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