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Armagnac producer plants all 10 AOC grape varieties

Caroline Rozes and her family at Domaine d’Aurensan and Chateau de Léberon have planted all 10 grape varieties legally authorised for the production of AOC armagnac.

Cognac export volumes rise +8.2%

The exports of cognac for 2017-18 have increased for the fourth time in a row, rising +8.2% in volume and a +5.4% in value. 

Bordeneuve Châteaux & Collections breaks into Thailand

Bordeneuve Châteaux & Collections has joined forces with importer and distributor Exquisite Elixir Co. Ltd to enter into the Thai market.

Courvoisier master blender: new cognac can attract malt drinkers

Courvoisier’s master blender Patrice Pinet believes innovation is still possible within the cognac category, enough to attract single malt whisky consumers.

Castarède Armagnac expands into US

Castarède Armagnac has partnered with US importer company 375 Park Avenue Spirits to expand the international markets available to its range of French spirits.

The British Squadron of Armagnac Musketeers created

The inauguration of the British Squadron of the Company of Armagnac Musketeers took place last week in the City of London

Nearly 20% of cognac production affected by hailstorms

On May 27, Cognac was hit with a hailstorm that affected a significant proportion of the vineyards within the appellation.

Bordeneuve Châteaux & Collections reports Asia interest

Armagnac producer, Bordeneuve Châteaux & Collections has received a spike in interest from Asian importers over the past six months.

Rémy Marin launches Carte Blanche Merpins Cellar Edition

Rémy Martin’s youngest ever cellar master, Baptiste Loiseau has released a limited edition cognac under the Carte Blanche name.

Armagnac XO age guide increases to 10 years

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l'Armagnac (BNIC) has changed the minimum age limit of XO armagnac from 6 to 10 years, effective from 1 April 2018.

St-Rémy releases new packaging

St-Rémy has released new packaging for its XO and VSOP ranges to ‘reinforce its quality leadership’.

Lougrat wins Courvoisier Toast of Paris UK final

Paul Lougrat from London has won the UK leg of Courvoisier’s third annual Toast of Paris cocktail competition.

Cognac exports boom in China and US

The exports of French wine and spirits increased by more than €1bn in 2017, largely due to the increased popularity of cognac.

Courvoisier cocktail competition to judge Instagram ratings

Courvoisier has launched its third annual ‘Toast of Paris’ cocktail competition where, for the first time, UK bartenders will be marked on the Instagram-worthiness of their cocktails alongside the traditional criteria.

Hennessy profits from US and China interest

Moet Hennessy has reported a significant increase in 2017 sales figures as it confirmed Cognac's high demand in the US and China.

Cognac: XO classification to rise to 10 years

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) has announced that all XO Cognac brandy will be classified as 10 years old from April 1, 2018.

Courvoisier honours its coffee relationship

A classic scene in French restaurants is an elegant couple sipping on cognac whilst having their post meal coffee. But Courvoisier is determined to spread the trend across boarders.

Courvoisier launches sherry cask finish cognac

Leading cognac brand, Courvoisier has unveiled a sherry cask finish cognac, which is a global travel retail exclusive.

Campari sells Carolans and Irish Mist to Heaven Hill

Gruppo Campari has announced the sale of Carolans and Irish Mist to Heaven Hill Brands, via the sale of 100% of the share capital of TJ Carolan & Son Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary.

The House of Camus launches an Irish whiskey

Cognac producer Camus has unveiled a project to make an Irish whiskey, using old cognac barrels with ex-bourbon casks blended and aged on an Irish island.

Cognac posts healthy 2016 growth

Cognac exports rose to “record levels” in 2016, with volume and value increases of 6.0 % and 6.8 % respectively, as sales in China stabalised and new growth was found in North America.

Pernod launches non-chill filtered Martel

Pernod Ricard has launched the first Martell non-chill filtered cognac.

Metaxa 12 Stars hires explorer Horn

The House of Metaxa has relaunched its flagship expression, Metaxa 12 Stars, to coincide with the appointment of new brand ambassador, explorer Mike Horn.

Frapin's Max Cointreau dies aged 94

Cognac Frapin has announced Max Cointreau died on Wednesday October 19 in his home town of Gensac la Pallue, near Cognac, at the age of 94.

South Africa’s oldest brandy sells for R40,000

A one-off release of what is claimed to be South Africa’s oldest brandy, a 42-year-old single cask pot still from Distell’s Van Ryn’s brand, was sold at the recent Nederburg Charity Auction for R40,000 (US$3,000, £2,260, €2,600).

La Part Des Anges cognac auction

The 10th La Part Des Anges’ auction will take place on Thursday September 22 in Cognac. For the first time bidders from outside of Cognac allowed to compete for the exclusive lots.

La Part Des Anges cognac auction

The 10th La Part Des Anges’ auction will take place on Thursday September 22 in Cognac. For the first time bidders from outside of Cognac were allowed to compete for the exclusive lots.

Darroze is new Armagnac president

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac, the generic body representing Armagnac producers, has announced Marc Darroze as its new president.

Millionaires' Club: The Brandy List

Drinks International's annual league of million-case brands returns. Here is a list of the world's best-selling Cognac and brandy brands in 2015. 

Savoy’s Wojaczek wins Courvoisier cocktail competition

Witek Wojaczek of The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy is the UK winner of Courvoisier’s Toast of Paris International Cocktail Competition.

Armagnac Academies return to New York

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac, the official organisation that represents makers of the classic French brandy, has announced a date and venue for its Armagnac Academies educational initiative.

Distillation in Armagnac has started

The generic body representing Armagnac producers, the Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac, has announced that distillation started today (October 8) - this early for the first time in living memory.

National Calvados Week

National Calvados Week in the UK takes place from Sunday October 18 until Saturday October 24.

Gautier Cognac’s UK distribution with Catalyst

Catalyst Brands has signed a distribution agreement with Gautier Cognac to distribute its VS, VSOP and XO Cognacs exclusively throughout the UK.

Beam Suntory to sell Spanish brandies?

Beam Suntory is considering the sale of its brandies in Spain amid declining sales, according to Bloomberg News.

Emperador continues to tower over brandy category

The best selling brandy of 2014 was the Philippines’ Emperador once again, after the brand maintained its 2013 sales haul, according to the Millionaires’ Club 2015.

Asia at turning point says cognac chief

Asia, and specifically China, is heading back to growth following the Chinese government's clamp down nearly two years ago on extravagant entertaining, excessive drinking and gifting.

Emperador to buy Louis Royer cognac?

There are unconfirmed reports that Emperador, the Philippine brandy maker, is to buy Louis Royer, the French cognac brand.

Diane Kruger becomes Martell ambassador

Hollywood actress and self-confessed Francophile Diane Kruger is Martell cognac’s ambassador for the brand’s 300th anniversary this year.

Brands Report 2015: Brandy

We might as well call the brandy category the cognac category. 

Rémy Cointreau's sales slide 5.6%

Rémy Cointreau has reported organic sales value dropped 5.6% and operating profit dropped 14.6% for the six months ended September 30.

Armagnac Academies’ success in China

The first Armagnac Academy in China took place on Thursday October 30 in Beijing at the Crown Plaza hotel in the Wangfujing district.

Faith pours doubt on elderly Cognacs

Cognac expert Nicholas Faith has panned some of Cognac’s most expensive bottles, saying the French spirit rarely improves after 40 years of ageing.

Spirit France buys majority stake in Janneau

Spirit France Group has announced it has acquired a majority stake in Armagnac brand Janneau from the Giovinetti family.

Courvoiser's Asseline goes global

Beam Suntory has promoted Rebecca Asseline from Courvoisier UK brand ambassador to global brand ambassador.

New limited edition Martell

Martell, which claims to be the oldest of the great cognac houses, is celebrating its 300th anniversary with the release of a new limited edition expression, Martell Premier Voyage.

New Rémy Martin cellar master

Baptiste Loiseau, Rémy Martin’s new cellarmaster, was in London yesterday (June 11) as part of the farewell celebrations for the retiring Pierrette Trichet.

New Rémy Martin cellar master

Baptiste Loiseau, Rémy Martin’s new cellarmaster, was in London yesterday (June 11) as part of the farewell celebrations for the retiring Pierrette Trichet.

Travel Retail: Rémy Martin rolls out cellar-specific cognacs

Rémy Martin Cognac is to launch the first two expressions in its Fine Champagne Cognac collection, exclusive to travel retail.

World's 50 Best Bars Brands Report: Brandy

For the latest instalment of the Brands Report, we quizzed the class of 2013 on the brandy brands moving through their bars.