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Flashcards in Cognac Deck (18):
1

What are the Geographical Designations of Cognac AOP?

Grande Champagne

Petite Champagne

Borderies

Fins Bois

Bons Bois

Bois Ordinaires (Bois à Terroirs)

2

What are the permitted grapes in Cognac AOP?

Colombard

Folle Blanche

Montils

Sémillon

Ugni Blanc

plus a max. 10% Folignan

3

What is Folignan?

Folle Blanche X Ugni Blanc

Permitted in Cognac AOP up to 10%

4

What are the Age Designations for Cognac AOP?

VS / *** / de Luxe / Grand Choix / Surchoix: min. 2 years old

Supérieur: min. 3 years old

VO / VSOP / Réserve: min. 4 years old

VVSOP / Grande Réserve: min. 5 years old

XO / Napoléon / Extra / Royal / Très Vieux / Vieille Réserve: min. 6 years old

(As of 2018 "XO" will indicate Cognac aged for a min. 10 years -- the original deadline of 2016 was protested to ensure consistency of stocks.)

5

What are the soils of Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne?

Limestone and soft Chalk

6

What is the soil of Fin Bois?

"Groies" - Hard red limestone

7

What is the soil of Bon Bois and Bois Ordinaires?

Sand

8

What is Brouillis?

First distillation of Cognac

Creates a spirit of 28-32% ABV

9

What is Bonne Chauffe?

Second distillation of Cognac

Must not exceed 72.4% ABV

10

What are the parts of the Bonne Chauffe?

Tête (Head)

Couer (Heart, about 40% of the distillation

Secondes (Second Cuts)

Queue (Tails)

11

What is the minimum aging for Cognac AOP?

2 years

(from April 1 of the year following the harvest)

12

For a Cognac labelled with a sub zone, what percentage must come from that sub zone?

100%

13

What is Fine Champagne?

Label term designating a minimum of 51% from grande Champagne and the remainder coming from Petite Champagne

14

What does "Fine" mean on a bottle of Cognac?

Nothing. May be added to Grande Champagne or Petite Champagne, but does not indicate any additional requirements.

Not to be confused with "Fine Champagne"

15

What is the maximum vine spacing for Cognac?

3.5m between rows. Think tractors

16

What is the minimum planting density for Cognac?

2,200 vines per hectare

17

What is the ABV range for the base wine of Cognac?

7-12%

18

What is Esprit de Cognac?

The product of a third distillation from a Alambic Charentais.

Exclusively destined for the production of sparkling wines

80-85% ABV