How Oak Barrels are Made

A Tour Inside Vicard Cooperage Oak barrels play an important role in the production of wine and eau de vie. Go inside Vicard Cooperage in Cognac, France for a look at how barrels are made. The process of making a barrel starts with the oak tree. Seventy five percent of Vicard’s barrels are made with […]

A Visit to Chateau de Beaulon

About 30 miles southwest of Cognac in the commune of Saint-Dizant-du-Gua in Charente-Maritime is Château de Beaulon. The château was built in 1480, with eau de vie production on the estate dating to 1720.  From 1543 to 1574 the home belonged to Francois de Beaulon, Lord of Saint-Dizant and advisor to the Bordeaux Parliament.  Today […]

ABK6: Cognac for a New Generation

Flashy labels. A name derived from typing. A blend specially created for sipping on the rocks. This isn’t your grandfather’s Cognac. With a mix of tradition and modernity, ABK6 is bringing the French spirit to a new generation. It starts with the name — ABK6 is one of those internet short-hands, like OMG or LOL. […]

A Visit to Hennessy

You can’t talk about Cognac without mentioning Hennessy. It is the big daddy of Cognac, making up 43% of Cognac production. As a comparison, the next largest producer is Remy Martin at 17 percent. Hennessy dominates the market, but also makes it possible for the smaller producers to exist.  Hennessy buys a large portion of […]

Cognac Cocktails

Forget your preconceived notions on how Cognac can be enjoyed. Certainly a glass goes well after dinner, with chocolate or with cigars. But if you only drink Cognac neat, you are missing out. In the pre-Prohibition United States, Cognac was often used as an ingredient in cocktails like the Sidecar or Mint Julep. While other […]