Distillation & Storage

Young wine with an acidic freshness is a good starting point for cognac and distillation. Both the quality of the wine and the distillation process are crucial to the end product, which has to be stored in oak casks for at least 2 years in order to be called cognac.

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If you take a slightly closer look at a still, there is little about the design that looks French. Rather there is something Arab about it. But then knowledge of distillation came from the Arabs too. Read more

Cognac from Bache-Gabrielsen is not stored in just any old oak casks. They have to be French Limousin oak – only the best is good enough. Read more

It is legal to adjust the flavour of cognac with additives such as sugar, caramel and wood extract, which are used by the majority of cognac houses to varying degrees. Read more

In the majority of cases Cognac does not bear a vintage since, like champagne, it is blended from casks from different years, districts and qualities. The aim is to create the best possible balance between fruit, oak, alcohol and spices. Read more

The cellar master, cognac blender or nose – the vital human factor in cognac who monitors the unique marriage between spirit and wood that makes a good cognac. Read more