How is cognac made?
Wine: White wines are grown in the region and then sold on to the cognac producer. The harvesting period takes place between September and October. The regions: There are six areas in cognac: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderis, Bons Bois, Fins Bois, Bois Communs/Ordinaires. The Champagne regions have nothing to do with champagne as we know it but they do share a similar soil variety very chalky, rough soil. This is very good for the distillation process. Cognacs labelled Fine Champagnes are a blend of Grande and Petite Champagnes. Distillation: Each distillation takes three weeks and producers only use wine from the current years crop. The wine is distilled twice to produce a clear liquid called eau de vie” which is then tapped off into big casks and pumped into tanks. The distillation process goes on between November and March. If production goes over the end of March then the product is automatically downgraded it cannot qualify as a cognac as the quality will not be good e