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Duty on spirits : EU singles out India
27 mars 2007
The European Commission is attacking India over its customs duties on wines and spirits which it considers excessive (as much as 550%). The US is also in disagreement with India on this point.

LVMH boards the Hermoine
26 mars 2007
On 10 April LVMH (Hennessy cognac) will sign a patronage agreement in Paris to support the Hermione, currently under construction in Rochefort.

SVBC against reform
26 mars 2007
The winegrowers’ and distillers union (SVBC) is largely opposed to the reform of land affectation, scheduled for 2008, and has clashed swords with the winegrowers’ union (SGV) which supports the reform, notably within the BNIC.

Cognac shipments between March 2006 and February 2007
21 mars 2007
Shipments of cognac came to 437,051 hl between March 2006 and February 2007 (+10.5%)

Cognac : and land affectation ?
21 mars 2007
The lecture and debate about the future of winegrowing in the Charente, organized by the union of winegrowers and distillers on 20 March, led to some useful exchanges. Bernard Gauthier, a winegrower at Malaville, proposed further thought about the concept of land affectation, which he put forward as a watered down version of the land affectation as indicated in the Zonta reform. It would consist in protecting the appellation of wines produced for cognac distillation, which consequently could only be distilled in the Charente (as is currently the case for many brandies). Advantage : the BNIC could deal directly with Brussels in place of the Inao.

Wine growers’ and distillers’ union
19 mars 2007
The Syndicat des viticulteurs bouilleurs de cru (SVBC) (wine growers and distillers’ union) is organizing a lecture and debate on 20 March in Cognac on the theme of « Taking control of one’s destiny ». Discussion will center on the reform to be introduced in 2008, including notably the end of the amount normally produced (QNV) and the implementation of land affectation.

Cognac competition at the Ireo in Richemont
19 mars 2007
The rural institute for education and counseling (Ireo) at Richemont (Charente) is organizing several competitions this week : pineaux des Charentes on 22 March, cognacs on 23 March, Charente vins de pays on 24 March and the 14th Borderies eaux-de-vie competition on 24 and 25 March.

Limited edition cognac from Rémy-Martin
16 mars 2007
Rémy-Martin is launching a cognac « Louis Xll Black Pearl » : 786 numbered bottles retailing at 6,000 euros per bottle.

Camus cognac revival
15 mars 2007
Cyril Camus, who has been at the helm since 2003, has organized several strategic changes in order to revive the cognacs which bear his name : very localized regional cognacs (île de Ré), a change of distributor in Russia, the creation of import subsidiaries in China and the US ...

Pernod-Ricard : rise in first half 2006-2007
9 mars 2007
The Pernod-Ricard spirits group (Martell cognac) has reported a 7.3% rise in turnover in the first half of 2006-2007 (to end of December) at 3.5 billion euros.

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