I had the chance to visit the Bureau national Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) and a selection of large and small Cognac producers. I honestly do not drink Cognac very often but have gained a great appreciation for how the spirit is made. I enjoyed the smaller producers such as Delamain and Paul Giraud and had an amazing experience at Chateau De Martell. The first day began with a presentation at the BNIC followed by lunch and two tours.BNICBNICDSC_0077unnamed

Lunch @ le Cellier followed by a tour and tasting at Martell. Ending with dinner at Chateau de Chanteloup, historic residence of Jean Martell.DSC_0102DSC_0095DSC_0106DSC_0114

 Our second day began with a visit to Tonnellerie Doreau to get a first hand look at the barrel making process. DSC_0142DSC_0132DSC_0125DSC_0147DSC_0150DSC_0152DSC_0153

unnamed-10DSC_0154unnamed-9After Delamain we attended a visit and tasting at de Luze followed by dinner at our hotel Chateau de l’Yeuse. On our last day we toured Hennessy and Paul Giraud.DSC_0168DSC_0169

Lunch @Graine et Garenne a Chateauneuf


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