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Cyril Camus in Beijing
22 décembre 2009
As part of a visit in China on 21 December by F. Fillon and C. Lagarde in Beijing, Cyril Camus, from Camus cognac, took part in a dinner to celebrate Franco-Chinese partnerships.

Cognac : 5,081 farms in 2009
22 décembre 2009
There are 5,081 winegrowing farms in the cognac production area, compared to more that 10,000 ten years ago. 57% of the farms are in Charente-Maritime (48% of the area) and 43% are in Charente (52% of the area).

Exceptional cognac
22 décembre 2009
H. Mounier is launching “L’Héritage du Prince”, a blend of four eaux-de-vie dating from 1904 to 1956. (1,990 euros in a Sèvres crystal carafe and a leather presentation box). It has been awarded the Oscar de l’Emballage.

IGP Cognac recognized in China
22 décembre 2009
China has given official recognition to the protected geographical indication (IGP) for cognac, which was decided in 2005. This is a first for a foreign product.

Five takeover bids for Marie Brizard
22 décembre 2009
Groups interested in taking over Marie Brizard had until yesterday morning to make an initial non-binding offer. Five bids have been received, including ones from Quartier Français (rums, notably La Réunion), La Martiniquaise (Label 5, Gran Cruz, Bardinet...), Mark Kaufman (a Russo-Israeli businessman and main importer of wines and spirits into Russia, notably in partnership with LVMH to distribute Moët-Hennessy cognac)...

Rémy Martin wants to return to its roots
16 décembre 2009
Patrick Piana, the CEO since September of the second-largest cognac house Rémy Martin, wants to anchor the brand once again within its region, notably by creating associations with local events. Following the “painful” scheduled lay-off program in 2005, efficient redeployment of resources has enabled the company to achieve growth of +4.3% despite the crisis.

Movements at BNIC
16 décembre 2009
Alain Philippe, whose 14th mandate as director of the BNIC was due to run until 2001, is retiring. Philippe Coste, a director at Meukow, is replacing Jean-Marc Morel, the CEO of Martell, as vice-president.

Harvests in Charente
16 décembre 2009
The 2009 harvest in the Cognac area (Charente) exceeded the 2008 harvest (8.2 million hectoliters of white wine compared to 6.7 million in 2008, a yield of 111.15 hectoliters per hectare). Shipments of cognac have fallen by 12% over the last twelve months.

Pineau production returns to good level
16 décembre 2009
Some 100,000 hl of pineau des Charentes were harvested in 2009 for an estimated requirement of 97,000 hl. The pineau producers’ union is pleased with this return to a correct balance between supply and demand, following years when winegrowers gave priority to the cognac outlet.

Land sacrificed on the altar of the high-speed train
16 décembre 2009
Whereas a deal has been negotiated between Réseau Ferré de France and house owners as part of the construction of the high-speed train line, owners of vineyards and forests are worried about the future of their land in the communes of Montguyon, Boresse et Martron, Neuvicq, Clérac and Saint-Martin d’Ary (Charente-Maritime).

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