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What It Takes For a Cognac To Be Cognac

30 May 2010 No Comment

In this post we want to talk about two very important things that makes a cognac, a cognac. The first part will cover how cognac comes to the market. Unlike many other alcoholic beverages, cognac has to go through a rigorous process to be available for consumption. The second part we will cover how cognac is made through an image.

When it comes to commercialization of alcohol there are certain rules and regulations that needs to be followed. When marketing alcoholic beverages in US there are certain laws and regulations that every producer needs to abide by and the same is true for cognac as well. During commercialization of cognac there is even strict regulation since cognac is one of the most well renowned drinks.

There are many rules that each and every producer needs to follow before they can sell cognac in the market. Although these rules might sound easy to follow and the process may seem simple in words, when put in action, cognac commercialization is one of the hardest in industry since it has to undergo through many tough stages, the first being the aging process itself. Here are some of the rules that every cognac house should follow during commercialization of cognac :

1. Cognac can only be aged in a storage facility that has been registered by the BNIC. This is required to obtain the certificate that guarantees the age and origin of cognac.

2. The aging must always take place in oak casks.

3. The minimum alcohol content to be sold in France or abroad should be 40% alcohol by volume.

4. No additives can be added.

5. The label on a cognac bottle should mention the following :

  • Denomination
  • Bottle content
  • Alcohol content
  • Name or trademark of the address of producer, vendor or the bottler established within the European Community
  • AOC (Appellation d’origine contrôlée) is preferred but not mandatory.

6. The minimum aging period is two years before cognac can be sold in the market.

Producers who fail to respect these regulations are not allowed to use the name “cognac” to preserve the integrity and prestige that cognac holds all over the world. Although these rules and regulations may seem simple to follow, they are pretty tough ones. We will be covering more in detail as we go since we are just getting started. In the meantime, we just wanted to give you a quick glimpse into what follows before the cognac can be sold in the market.

Now that we have covered the commercialization part of cognac, let’s take a look at the production process. Please click on the image below to see an enlarged version which outlines how cognac is made.

If you are new to cognac and wondering about the aroma or what it tastes like, be sure to check out cognac aroma wheel. If you have any questions related to cognac, feel free to contact us using our contact page or our forum.


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