Cognac, a name, a brand known all over the world.
And it is also a nice city and area to visit.
Cognac was a modest little village until the middle of the Xe century. Cognac rapidly became one of the main centers of trade activity in the Angoulême and Saintonge areas, thanks to its river port, the salt and wine trades and finally in eaux-de-vie.
The vineyard of Cognac is the largest in France. The cognac comes from a double distillation, once fermentation is completed, in order to obtain the eau-de-vie. Cognac can only be aged in oak barrels. In fact, the eau-de-vie only becomes cognac after slowly maturing between two and one hundred years. Cognac is the result of a marriage of eaux-de-vie of different ages and from different growth areas. It is the cellar master who produces the blend which is often based on expertise and know-how.