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Courvoisier
19 septembre 2007
At Jarnac, the CEO of Courvoisier has indicated that there are no supply problems. Sales have risen by 2% in the United Kingdom while the VSOP market is taking off in the USA. Moreover Courvoisier is pleased that it is now distributed in Russia (20,000 cases in a year).

Record sales of cognac
19 septembre 2007
In the last twelve months sales of cognac have reached 446,374 hl of pure alcohol, the equivalent of 159,4 million bottles (+9.3%). On the other hand, the amount of cognac used to produce pineau is falling at an annual rate of -17.8%.

Awards for Charente vodkas
19 septembre 2007
In a "vodka" dossier, the Revue des vins de France has awarded a score of 14,5/20 to Grey Goose vodka (H.-Mounier at Gensac-la-Pallue), placing it in the 5 best in the world, and 12,5/20 to Cirock vodka (Eurowinegate at Merpins, classed among the 5 most beautiful bottles.

Cognac : QNV finally at 10.62
14 septembre 2007
Given the protests by cognac trade professionals, the ministry of Agriculture has abandoned its attempt to impose a QNV for 2007-2008 of 10.4hl/PA/ha and confirmed the QNV figure of 10,62hl/PA/ha as set by the profession.

Vins de pays charentais on the Net
14 septembre 2007
The producers’ union and the committee for the promotion of vin de pays charentais are launching a website to present their products, increase awareness of the wine and to provide a tool for members of the committee.

Four new storehouses for Martell
14 septembre 2007
In early 2008 Martell will begin the construction of four new storehouses (7,000 m², 103,860 hl) on the Chanteloup estate at Cherves-Richemont (Charente), which will increase total storage capacity on the site to 440,670hl. A public inquiry will take place until 10 October.

Cognac : SVBC and ADG see eye to eye with SGV and négoce
13 septembre 2007
Officials at the SVBC are strongly opposed to the idea of a QNV set at 10.4hl/PA/h by the government, and denounce a decision in Paris which goes against the desire for consultation that has been advocated in recent years. It is calling for a QNV at 10.62. If this is not obtained, it is calling for officials at the Bnic to resign in order to show their opposition. In similar fashion, the association for the defense and management of the AOC is also in favor of a QNV at 10.62. In the end, only the Modef appears to be going against the tide : in a strongly-worded statement, the Mouvement du CDVC-Modef criticizes the protests from the Bnic.

QNV : the Bnic standing by 10.62
13 septembre 2007
As expected, officials at the Bnic have warned that they will do everything to obtain the implementation of a QNV of 10.62 hl of pure alcohol per hectare for the 2007/2008 cognac season. If by chance the ministry of Agriculture were to issue a decree for a lower QNV (rumors mention 10.4), the Bnic would make it face up to its responsibilities ("weighing heavily on sales of cognac and putting an entire sector in difficulty) and has indicated that it would take the affair to the administrative tribunal.

Cognac by the book
13 septembre 2007
The American author Kyle Jarrard is behind a book which relates the saga of cognac and its origins (Le Croît Vif). In addition, the Musée des arts du cognac and the publisher Dabecom have gathered together some one hundred advertising posters and boxes devoted to cognac. "The 100 most beautiful images of cognac" (19 euros).

Cognac confident
5 septembre 2007
Alain Philippe, the director of the Bnic, is totally confident regarding the cognac economy, mentioning "healthy and lasting growth" well spread through different geographical zones (37.7% of the market in Europe, 35.3% in North America and 24.3% in the Far East).

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