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Two courses at the eaux-de-vie center
5 juin 2007
The centre des eaux-de-vie in Segonzac (Charente) is organizing two courses in June : one from 27 to 29 concerning sensory analysis and knowledge of the products, and a second course on 15, 22 and 29 dealing with a training course in packaging. By enrolment only.

Discontent among winegrowers
30 mai 2007
The independent winegrowers of France, who produce half of the AOC wine in France, are organizing a "visit" on Wednesday to the national committee for wines and eaux-de-vie of the Inao, which is meeting in Paris, to protest against the reform bill concerning winegrowers’ unions.

A château flying the Armenian flag
30 mai 2007
In October, the Armenian business magnate Hrayr Hakobyan acquired the château de Châtenay in Cognac for 4.8 million euros. Since April he has held 100% of the capital in the company operating the estates of Châtenay and Marville (cognac : 10 million bottles annually).

Increased cognac shipments
30 mai 2007
Shipments of cognac between May 2006 and April 2007 came to 439,334 hl of pure alcohol, the equivalent of 156.9 million bottles.

Record QNV
30 mai 2007
Yann Fillioux, the cellar master at Hennessy and head of the viticulture section at the Bnic, is very pleased with the QNV at 10.62 hl of pure alcohol per hectare. The unions are encouraging producers to increase stocks in order not to destabilize the offer and to avoid a drop in prices.

Record QNV : 10.62 hl per hectare
25 mai 2007
On 24 May a proposed QNV figure (quantity of wine normally vinified) of 10.62 hl of pure alcohol per hectare (compared to 8.35 last year) was approved, giving scheduled production of 784,000 hectoliters. In addition, the Bnic has approved its 2007 budget (11.6 million euros, including a 75,000 euro communication campaign on land allocation) and has decided to take measures to strengthen the protection of cognac in Russia.

Cognac sales over twelve months to end of April 2007
24 mai 2007
Sales of cognac rose by 9.7% in the twelve months to the end of April to stand at 439,337 hectoliters (Bnic figures). The French market has risen by 14% in a year. LVMH remains world leader with Hennessy, followed by Pernod-Ricard (Martell).

Meukow moving into pineau
23 mai 2007
Meukow is launching a top-of-the-range pineau (about 18 euros per bottle) aimed at the feminine market and also the markets in Russia, Finland, the US, Singapore and Hong Kong.

SGV : president of Inao reassuring
23 mai 2007
Yves Bénard, the new president of the Inao wines and spirits commission, was present on Tuesday at the general assembly of the SGV winegrowers’ union. He wanted to reassure the 300 winegrowers present by assuring them that the land allocation and Inao reform would not deprive the region of its decision-making power. He presented his program : improve Inao reactivity, delegate as much as possible to regional committees, offer the presidency of the eaux-de-vie commission to an elected representative from the cognac area, etc. During the meeting, simulations of income from wine growing were produced with a QNV of 9.6 hl of pure alcohol per hectare.

Improved rating for LVMH
14 mai 2007
Standard and Poor has raised the long term debt rating of the French luxury goods company LVMH (Hennessy cognacs) from BBB+ to A-. First quarter turnover at LVMH has risen by 13% in annual terms.

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