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March 13, 2019
The Charentais alembic or copper still, with its boiler, onion-shaped still head and swan’s neck, has become a symbol of cognac and the art of artisanal distillation.[...]

A cellar master, one word : Dominique Touteau and “diamond”

If cognac were a mineral, it would be a diamond. A pure and colourless jewel ...

A cellar master, one word: Patrice Pinet and “fire”

Of course, fire is the omnipresent element that resonates in the copper of our alembics, ...

[Cognac trades] Grape pickers

The grape picker has become a true endangered species since the early 1980s when they ...

A cellar master, one word: Patrice Piveteau and “oak”

When we talk about cognac, we think about oak, the wood out of which our ...

[Cognac trades] Wine and Spirits Brokers

An expert seeker of Charente spirits, the so-called ‘country broker’ (courtier de campagne) travels among ...

[Transmission] Nurseryman and his client

The planting of a new vine means a commitment of several decades on behalf of ...

[Cognac and the art forms] Time is the treasure

I discovered Cognac in December 2017. I turned up a novice and left as a hardened ...

A cellar master, one word: Anne Sarteaux and “panther”

A discreet animal, assertive at the same time, which shows great patience like the spirits ...

[Cognac trades] Coopers

The cask maker is another great cognac alchemist, transforming oak into real aromatic gold. First ...