Pernod Ricard has launched the first Martell non-chill filtered cognac.

The House of Metaxa has relaunched its flagship expression, Metaxa 12 Stars, to coincide with the appointment of new brand ambassador, explorer Mike Horn.

Cognac Frapin has announced Max Cointreau died on Wednesday October 19 in his home town of Gensac la Pallue, near Cognac, at the age of 94.

A one-off release of what is claimed to be South Africa’s oldest brandy, a 42-year-old single cask pot still from Distell’s Van Ryn’s brand, was sold at the recent Nederburg Charity Auction for R40,000 (US$3,000, £2,260, €2,600).

The 10th La Part Des Anges’ auction will take place on Thursday September 22 in Cognac. For the first time bidders from outside of Cognac allowed to compete for the exclusive lots.

The 10th La Part Des Anges’ auction will take place on Thursday September 22 in Cognac. For the first time bidders from outside of Cognac were allowed to compete for the exclusive lots.

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac, the generic body representing Armagnac producers, has announced Marc Darroze as its new president.

Drinks International's annual league of million-case brands returns. Here is a list of the world's best-selling Cognac and brandy brands in 2015. 

Witek Wojaczek of The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy is the UK winner of Courvoisier’s Toast of Paris International Cocktail Competition.

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac, the official organisation that represents makers of the classic French brandy, has announced a date and venue for its Armagnac Academies educational initiative.

The generic body representing Armagnac producers, the Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac, has announced that distillation started today (October 8) - this early for the first time in living memory.

National Calvados Week

28 September, 2015

National Calvados Week in the UK takes place from Sunday October 18 until Saturday October 24.

Catalyst Brands has signed a distribution agreement with Gautier Cognac to distribute its VS, VSOP and XO Cognacs exclusively throughout the UK.

Beam Suntory is considering the sale of its brandies in Spain amid declining sales, according to Bloomberg News.

The best selling brandy of 2014 was the Philippines’ Emperador once again, after the brand maintained its 2013 sales haul, according to the Millionaires’ Club 2015.

Asia, and specifically China, is heading back to growth following the Chinese government's clamp down nearly two years ago on extravagant entertaining, excessive drinking and gifting.

There are unconfirmed reports that Emperador, the Philippine brandy maker, is to buy Louis Royer, the French cognac brand.

Hollywood actress and self-confessed Francophile Diane Kruger is Martell cognac’s ambassador for the brand’s 300th anniversary this year.

Brands Report 2015: Brandy

06 January, 2015

We might as well call the brandy category the cognac category. 

Rémy Cointreau has reported organic sales value dropped 5.6% and operating profit dropped 14.6% for the six months ended September 30.

The first Armagnac Academy in China took place on Thursday October 30 in Beijing at the Crown Plaza hotel in the Wangfujing district.

Cognac expert Nicholas Faith has panned some of Cognac’s most expensive bottles, saying the French spirit rarely improves after 40 years of ageing.

Spirit France Group has announced it has acquired a majority stake in Armagnac brand Janneau from the Giovinetti family.

Beam Suntory has promoted Rebecca Asseline from Courvoisier UK brand ambassador to global brand ambassador.

New limited edition Martell

28 October, 2014

Martell, which claims to be the oldest of the great cognac houses, is celebrating its 300th anniversary with the release of a new limited edition expression, Martell Premier Voyage.

Baptiste Loiseau, Rémy Martin’s new cellarmaster, was in London yesterday (June 11) as part of the farewell celebrations for the retiring Pierrette Trichet.

Baptiste Loiseau, Rémy Martin’s new cellarmaster, was in London yesterday (June 11) as part of the farewell celebrations for the retiring Pierrette Trichet.

Rémy Martin Cognac is to launch the first two expressions in its Fine Champagne Cognac collection, exclusive to travel retail.

For the latest instalment of the Brands Report, we quizzed the class of 2013 on the brandy brands moving through their bars.

The Wellesley hotel in London’s Knightsbridge, claims to have bought the world’s oldest Cognac.

The world’s largest cognac producer is Hennessy, according to Drinks International’s The Millionaires’ Club 2013.

Nicholas faith has said Cognac producers “have it made” and needn’t worry about the apparent slowdown of sales in China, the world’s top destination for the French spirit.

The Here and Now is the name of Maxxium UK’s new advertising and marketing campaign for Courvoisier Cognac.

CL Financial has sold Hine Cognac to French company EDV SAS, according to reports in France and the UK's just-drinks.

Armagnac Academies launched

17 September, 2013

The BNIA (Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac) has launched a programme to educate drinks professionals about France’s oldest spirit.

Bisquit Cognac is opening the doors of its château for the first time to the public to celebrate France’s national heritage weekend (Journées Européennes du Patrimoine).

Emperador brandy from the Philippines was the best selling brandy in the world in 2012, selling over five times that of global Cognac brands Hennessy, Martell, Remy Martin and Courvoisier.

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