By Joseph Micallef - Columnist - Troy Media

Cognac part 3: The environment, including the chalky soil, is everything when it comes to producing the right grapes
Cognac part 3: The environment, including the chalky soil, is everything when it comes to producing the right grapes

With Cognac, it's all about terroir

By By Joseph Micallef - Columnist - Troy Media
April 13, 2018 - 9:37am

Cognac begins as wine. Like any wine, it’s shaped in part by the environment in which it grows. Soil, aspect and climate, among other things, combine to create a unique environment, what the French call terroir. A wine, in turn, is a distinct expression of that terroir.

The traditional cognac houses have had to overcome grape plagues, the rising popularity of Scotch whisky, counterfeiting and war
The traditional cognac houses have had to overcome grape plagues, the rising popularity of Scotch whisky, counterfeiting and war

Cognac: A spirit's spirit to survive and thrive

By By Joseph Micallef - Columnist - Troy Media
April 3, 2018 - 11:26am

Augier, the first modern cognac house, was organized in 1643. Today the brand is owned by French spirits giant Pernod Ricard. It recently relaunched the brand with a line of cognacs said to reflect the early style of the product.

Part 1 of a seven-part series on the history, production and business of cognac
Part 1 of a seven-part series on the history, production and business of cognac

Cognac, a short history of an enduring spirit

By By Joseph Micallef - Columnist - Troy Media
March 26, 2018 - 11:24am

Cognac is a type of brandy produced in the Charente region of France, centred around the towns of Cognac and Jarnac, and stretching from the Île de Ré to the Gironde Estuary on the Atlantic coast, to Angoulême and the foothills of the Mastiff Central.