Bordeneuve Châteaux & Collections has announced a record-breaking harvest in terms of both quality and quantity in 2020.

Leading UK spirits distributor Hi Spirits, part of the Sazerac company, has launched Seignette VS, described as ‘a contemporary homage to the original Seignette cognac’, established 200 years ago.

Hennessy has celebrated the 150th anniversary of its X.O blend with the launch of two special release bottle designs.

Seven Tails XO Brandy has launched in the US through Florida-based Shaw-Ross International Importers.

Spanish company Beveland has entered its Brandy Suau into the US market through local company Stollers Imports.

Bordeneuve Châteaux & Collections has signed a contract with one of China’s major importers and distributors from the premium wines and spirits sector.

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A team of documentary makers from Asia visited Domaine de Bordeneuve to film the distillation process of its armagnac.

Bordeneuve Château & Collections has announced an “abundant” and “impeccable” harvest for its 2019 armagnac vintage.

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac has launched a new website which caters to a wider international audience.

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac is set to host an Armagnac Academy on Tuesday 8 October at Smith & Wollensky, London.

Jesse Peterson from the Raised By Wolves bar in San Diego has been crowned winner of the Shanghai Shake by Camus cocktail competition.

Bordeneuve Chateaux & Collections has gained an exclusive listing at London’s Bob Bob Cité to create one of the largest restaurant armagnac collections in the world.

Bordeneuve Châteaux & Collections has strengthened its business in Asia through distribution company Exquisite Elixir.

Patrick Farbos has been elected the new president of the Bureau National Interprofessionnel de L’Armagnac for the next three years.

Bordeneuve Châteaux & Collections has expanded its offerings in Poland through listings with Festus outlets.

Hannah Lanfear has been made armagnac educator for the UK and will be working closely with Amanda Garnham of the Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac (BNIA).

The House of Camus has announced the arrival of its Caribbean Expedition in Barbados after a month and a half’s voyage.

At the tail end of 2018, the heads of nine Chinese wine and spirit schools were invited to France to learn about armagnac in order for them to offer their own courses in China.

Armagnac producer Bordeneuve Châteaux & Collections has declared “exceptional quality” for its fresh eau-de-vie and expects distillation for 2018 to finish mid-December.

Armagnac producer Bordeneuve Châteaux & Collections has reported the largest ever harvest in the history of the brand.

Caroline Rozes and her family at Domaine d’Aurensan and Chateau de Léberon have planted all 10 grape varieties legally authorised for the production of AOC armagnac.

The exports of cognac for 2017-18 have increased for the fourth time in a row, rising +8.2% in volume and a +5.4% in value. 

Bordeneuve Châteaux & Collections has joined forces with importer and distributor Exquisite Elixir Co. Ltd to enter into the Thai market.

Courvoisier’s master blender Patrice Pinet believes innovation is still possible within the cognac category, enough to attract single malt whisky consumers.

Castarède Armagnac has partnered with US importer company 375 Park Avenue Spirits to expand the international markets available to its range of French spirits.

The inauguration of the British Squadron of the Company of Armagnac Musketeers took place last week in the City of London

On May 27, Cognac was hit with a hailstorm that affected a significant proportion of the vineyards within the appellation.

Armagnac producer, Bordeneuve Châteaux & Collections has received a spike in interest from Asian importers over the past six months.

Rémy Martin’s youngest ever cellar master, Baptiste Loiseau has released a limited edition cognac under the Carte Blanche name.

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l'Armagnac (BNIC) has changed the minimum age limit of XO armagnac from 6 to 10 years, effective from 1 April 2018.

St-Rémy has released new packaging for its XO and VSOP ranges to ‘reinforce its quality leadership’.

Paul Lougrat from London has won the UK leg of Courvoisier’s third annual Toast of Paris cocktail competition.

The exports of French wine and spirits increased by more than €1bn in 2017, largely due to the increased popularity of cognac.

Courvoisier has launched its third annual ‘Toast of Paris’ cocktail competition where, for the first time, UK bartenders will be marked on the Instagram-worthiness of their cocktails alongside the traditional criteria.

Moet Hennessy has reported a significant increase in 2017 sales figures as it confirmed Cognac's high demand in the US and China.

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) has announced that all XO Cognac brandy will be classified as 10 years old from April 1, 2018.

A classic scene in French restaurants is an elegant couple sipping on cognac whilst having their post meal coffee. But Courvoisier is determined to spread the trend across boarders.

Leading cognac brand, Courvoisier has unveiled a sherry cask finish cognac, which is a global travel retail exclusive.

Gruppo Campari has announced the sale of Carolans and Irish Mist to Heaven Hill Brands, via the sale of 100% of the share capital of TJ Carolan & Son Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary.

Cognac producer Camus has unveiled a project to make an Irish whiskey, using old cognac barrels with ex-bourbon casks blended and aged on an Irish island.

Cognac exports rose to “record levels” in 2016, with volume and value increases of 6.0 % and 6.8 % respectively, as sales in China stabalised and new growth was found in North America.

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.

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