Cognac is still something of a mystery to most people – maybe even more of a mystery is that June 4th is National Cognac Day. Really? Since I’ve been to Cognac, I thought I’d peel away some of the mystery and confusion surrounding Cognac. Yes it is brandy, distilled wine, and like Port and Champagne it is also a region, specifically in the Western part of France located north of Bordeaux and a three-hour train ride south from Paris. Brandy is made in many places across the globe, but anything labeled Cognac must be made in Cognac. As the old saying goes, all Cognac is brandy, but not all brandy is Cognac.
|At the Martell Dsitillery|
|Frapin's old blending room|
|Pondering my blend at Hennessy|
|The tasting experience at Camus|