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1

Name the six defined regions of production for cognac is descending order of quality are

Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois, Bons Bois, and Bois Ordinaires (Bois à Terroirs).

2

What does the word champagne mean in cognac?

Champagne” in Cognac does not indicate sparkling wine; rather it is a reflection of the word’s etymological origin—a derivation of the Latin word for “plain”—and a similarity in soil.

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How is Cognanc distilled?

Twice in a copper charentais pot still

4

What is the first distillation of cognac called?

Brouillis

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What is the second distillation of cognac called?

bonne chauffe

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What are the ageing requirements for V.S. Coganc?

youngest eau-de-vie is at least 2 years old

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What are the ageing requirements for V.S.O.P. Coganc?

youngest eau-de-vie is at least 4 years old

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What are the ageing requirements for Napoeon, XO and Hors d'Age Coganc?

youngest eau-de-vie is at least 6 years old

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What type of wood is cognac aged in?

Troncais: Sessile, fine grain (timber forest)

Limousin: Pedunculate, wide grain (natural forest)

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Where is the Cognac AOC located?

Northeast of the Bordeaux region

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Where is the Armagnac region located?

Southeast of Bordeaux

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What are the three regions of production in Armagnac?

Haut-Armagnac
Bas-Armagnac
Armagnac-Ténarèze

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What are the grapes of Armagnac?

Ugni Blanc, Colombard, Folle Blanche (Picpoul), and Baco Blanc (the only hybrid grape authorized in any French AOC/P appellation). Unlike Cognac, Armagnac is more frequently produced from a blend of varieties than a single grape.

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How is Armagnac distilled?

95% of brandy from this region undergoes only one distillation in a copper continuous still.
But can be distilled twice in a copper pot still

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What is Blanche Armagnac AOC?

An appellation for a young armagnac bottled after 3 months in an inert cask. It is a clear spirit.

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What are the ageing requirements for VS or *** Armagnac?

The spirit has rested in barrel for between 1 and 3 years

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What are the ageing requirements for VSOP Armagnac?

The spirit has rested in barrel for between 4 and 9 years

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What are the ageing requirements for XO and Hors d'Age Armagnac?

The spirit has rested in barrel for 10+ years

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What were the Armagnac ageing requirements prior to 2013?

VS indicated that the youngest eau de vie in the blend was aged for at least 2 years in wood, VSOP indicated at least 5 years, and XO promised at least 6 years of oak aging prior to release. However, the Bureau National Interprofessionel de l'Armagnac (BNIA), which oversees production, has simplified the grading system

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What is the minimum ABV for Armagnac?

40%

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What are the ageing requirements for vintage Armagnac?

A minimum of 10 years in cask before release