Cognac – you know the name, but can you say exactly what it is? Discover in the first episode of Cognac Essentials how earth, climate, and expertise all come together to create this unique spirit.
What is Cognac?
Cognac is an amber-coloured alcoholic drink, made in the wine growing regions of Charente and Charente-Maritime surrounding the town of Cognac, France. It is made from distilling white wine to create eau-de-vie, ageing it in oak barrels for a minimum of two years and then blending different eaux-de-vie to create a specific flavour.
The Cognac region is divided into six zones, called ‘crus’ - Borderies, Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Fins Bois, Bon Bois and Bois Ordinaire. Cognac is a type of brandy, but earns its name following very strict production methods.
For more detail on cognac and how it is made at Martell, see our craftsmanship section.