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Pinot invites itself to pineau country
11 septembre 2006
Several years ago, a small number of winegrowers in the Charente started growing pinot grape stock. The first bottles are being sold under the brand ‘l’Angoumans’ by the Coopérative des Côteaux de l’Angoumois.

From cognac to champagne
11 septembre 2006
B. Stenne, the director of the winegrowers’ union (SGV), is leaving his job in order to join the Champagne winegrowers’ union. The SGV is holding its AGM in the Cognac area on 14 September.

Land affectation
8 septembre 2006
During a technical meeting at the Ministry of Agriculture with representatives of the Charente vineyards, the discussion included the possibility of speeding up the introduction of the land affectation system. It seems that the delegate from the European Commission indicated that the abolition of the double use system (the same vine being used for multiple uses : cognac, pineau...) would be scheduled for 2007, and not 2008 as initially planned. The grape harvest is due to start on 20 September in the Cognac area.

Cognac Chamber of Agriculture ... moving to Segonzac ?
8 septembre 2006
In Cognac, there is a possibility that the local branch of the Chamber of Agriculture may be relocated. It might move to Segonzac, as part of the rural center of excellence, next to the Technical Institute for Wine and the International Center for eaux-de-vie.

New cognac from Martell
7 septembre 2006
The Martell cognac house is to launch Martell VSOP Ritz Edition Exclusive on 21 September.

Good results for LVMH
7 septembre 2006
LVMH has published stunning half-year results, with double-digit profit increases in all branches. Profit from recurring operations stands at 1.295 billion euros (+19%), sales at 6.97 billion (+13%) and group share of net profit at 817 million (+46%) while the recurring operating margin has risen from 18 to 19% of turnover in a year. Profit from recurring operations in the wine and spirits branch (Hennessy cognac) stands at 355 million (+11%).

H. Mounier launches Jacques Cardin VSOP
7 septembre 2006
H. Mounier is joining forces with Sidney Franck, the American marketing and alcohol magnate, to launch Jacques Cardin VSOP cognac on the American market.

Cognac wine harvest
6 septembre 2006
For wines destined to become cognac, the starting date for the harvest should be around 20 September. The BNIC trade organization is due to announce its recommendations on 14 September

Awards for cognac and pineau
6 septembre 2006
At the 30th International Wine Challenge, which took place in Bourg-sur-Gironde (Gironde) last April, a bronze medal was awarded to Camus for its XO Elegance cognac. As for white pineau, Domaine de la Margotterie, Raymond Beaussis vieux and Séléction André Petit received awards as did Chai du Roussoir, Moulin de la Grange and Château du Belon for red pineau.

Cognac vines under the microscope
1er septembre 2006
With the grape harvest due to start in just a few weeks’ time, the BNIC viticultural station is carrying out an in-depth analysis of the state of the vines which are ripening about a week early this year. The harvest should begin towards 20 September with an expected yield of 130 hl/ha.

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