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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.

Cognac hits the road
28 août 2006
On 24 August, a tractor trailer coming from Niort overturned in Parthenay, spilling 22.7 tons of Rémy-Martin cognac.

QNV at 8.35 hl/AP/ha
28 août 2006
The Budget and Agriculture ministers have approved the cognac QNV figure (quantity of wine normally produced) at 8.35 hl of pure alcohol per hectare.

Pineau having a field day
28 août 2006
194 producers of pineau des Charentes opened their doors to the public on the weekend of 5 and 6 August.

Increased exports of wine and spirits
28 août 2006
Exports of French wine and spirits rose by over 17% in value in the first six months of 2006, some 3.92 billion euros. From mid-2005 to mid-2006, exports of cognac reached 1.39 billion euros (+12.4% over a year). Volumes shipped abroad rose by 6.7%.

Cognac : legal mess in Russia
28 août 2006
A recent Russian law concerning duty on spirits has delayed cognac shipments to this market (the 8th largest market in the world where 4 million bottles were sold last year).

Cognac billionaires
25 juillet 2006
Hennessy (2.87 billion euros) and Rémy-Martin (1.3 billion) have entered the Interbrand/L’Expansion league table of 24 French billionaire brands.

Pernod Ricard turns its attention to tequila
25 juillet 2006
The Pernod Ricard group, the world’s second largest spirits company (Bisquit and Martell cognacs) is in competition with its rival Bacardi and Brown Forman to take over the Mexican tequila group Herradura.

Wine growers’ union
25 juillet 2006
Jean-Bernard de Larquier has been re-elected as the president of the Cognac wine growers’ union (Charente). The committee remains unchanged.

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