Courvoisier creates Bourbon cask-finished Cognac

Beam Suntory-owned Courvoisier has kicked off its new Avant-Garde series with a Bourbon cask-finished Cognac. The limited edition Courvoisier Avant-Garde Bourbon Finish is a VSOP expression finished in Kentucky Bourbon casks. The extra ageing is said to give the Cognac an “elegant and velvety finish with tasting notes of vanilla, honey and sweet marmalade”. On the palate, it is described as having notes of “soft smoky leather and sweet orange”. The 40% ABV Cognac was…

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Hong Kong protests hit Rémy Cointreau Q3 sales

French producer Rémy Cointreau reported an 11.3% organic sales decline for its third quarter as Cognac sales were hit by protests in Hong Kong. Rémy Cointreau saw organic sales fall to €285.3 million (US$315.2m) from October to December 2019, down from €321.5m (US$355.1m) during the same period the previous year. This was due to a drop in tourism in Hong Kong, slow stock replenishment in the US and distribution changes, mainly in Western Europe. House…

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Camus CMO Jean-Dominique Andreu to depart

Jean-Dominique Andreu, Camus chief marketing officer (CMO), will step down from his position at the end of January. Andreu will continue to act as an advisor to the Cognac house. Pier Paolo Catucci, global brand manager, will take over the marketing responsibilities of Camus and report directly to Cyril Camus. Cyril Camus, the fifth generation head of House of Camus, said: “I would like to thank Jean-Dominique for the very significant work he did at…

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Stoelzle targets Cognac clients with French sales office

Bottle manufacturer Stoelzle Glass Group is hoping to expand its presence in the Cognac market with the opening of a sales office in France. The Austrian glass producer has opened an office in Cognac, France, where it aims to strengthen its “partnerships with current and future clients within the Cognac market”. Stoelzle Glass Group said the office will allow it to offer better “visibility, faster answers and amazing customer service”. Andrea Gherzi, global sales director,…

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Cognac and brandy brands to watch in 2020

As Cognac introduces a new age reference and expands production capacity, the brandy sector could benefit from its growing use in cocktails. We predict the brands that will shine in 2020. In the 12 months to 31 July 2019, Cognac exports grew in terms of both volume and value – marking the fifth consecutive year the category had registered such success. Shipments topped 211.1m bottles, up by 2.5% on 2017/18, while value exports hit €3.4bn…

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