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Traveling in Cognac Country: Touring the Fine French Spirit's Top 5 Houses

Exclusive, exquisite, occasionally expensive and always worth it—it’s no wonder Americans can’t get enough of Cognac. The double-digit growth of sales of the spirit in the U.S., already the world’s largest importer of Cognac, is one of the resounding success stories in the industry. And surprisingly enough for a spirit that’s been around since the 16th century, it's enjoying a newfound fashionableness that’s bringing new consumers to the table. They are merely discovering what connoisseurs have always known: Cognac is one of life’s greatest pleasures. 

We recently had the privilege of touring France’s top five Cognac houses, world famous brands whose names have become synonymous with luxury, good taste and enjoying life to its fullest. The first thing we learned was that it is not merely brandy by another name, only the spirit that comes specifically from western France’s Cognac region can be called Cognac. The harvest season for the white wine grapes that are its foundation begins in October, followed up by distillation from November to March. The resulting wine must be double distilled in copper pot stills and aged in French oak casks for at least two years, whereupon it becomes eaux de vie

Jared Paul Stern

Jared Paul Stern, JustLuxe's Editor-at-Large, is the Executive Editor-at-Large at Maxim magazine and has written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, the New York Times' T magazine, GQ, WWD, Vogue, New York magazine, Details, Hamptons magazine, Playboy, BlackBook, the New York Post, Man of the World, and Bergdorf Goodman magazine among others. The founding editor of the Page Six magazine, ...(Read More)

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