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In 1909, Cognac was the 1st product to be awarded the PDO in France.
The qualities of Cognac essentially come from a demarcated production area: Charente-Maritime, a large part of Charente and a few communes in Dordogne
and in Deux-Sèvres. The main grape used is the White Ugni and its manufacturing process stems from an ancient tradition defined in its specifications. The Cellar Master oversees maturation of the brandy, the meticulous blending between aged brandies and different wines and the ageing in oak barrels for at least 2 years, starting in the April following harvest.
Its marketing is highly regulated as many counterfeits have been made. Please note: it mentions the ageing duration of the youngest brandy used on the label (VS, VSOP, XO).
The Fine Champagne Cognac title refers to a completely different PDO comprised of two vintage brandies (Grande and Petite Champagne)