From vine to glass

livingincognac 2016 distillation

He/she wakes up early morning, generally between 4 and 6, each day, during the distillation time. As for a single-handed round  world race, he/she crosses non-stop several weeks or months depending from the quantity of vine to be distilled. Even if modern facilities such as computer controlled devices, and gaz heating  allow to sleep at home and no more in the distillery, the distiller  takes great care of each distillation, trusting on his/her five senses.

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livinginconac2106 distillation guillon painturaud

Day and night, till march 31st, the winegrowers who are also distillers, live according to the  tempo of theirs stills and the process  called “double chauffe” or “repasse” in french i.e, two separate heatings, in a special “charentais” copper still. The distillation is a particular moment which appeals to emotional senses of sight and smell :  a sweety temperature near the stills, the slow flow of the eau-de-vie, and the subtle scents diffusing in the air.

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livingincognac - pressoir mobile

After a year of hard work, hoping that the weather conditions would be nice enough till the cognac harvest time, the single most important decision of the winegrower   is to choose the right day to begin harvest. It looks like  a very subtle balance betweeen professionnal skills and intuition, and requires a fair amount of experience. Needless to say that it’s a nerve-wracking period,  especially when the weather has played unkind tricks like this year in cognac vineyards.

Continue reading Cognac harvest days, the crunch time

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livingincognac - lapartdesanges

At first glance, visitors are often surprised by the black walls and roofs in cognac landscape. Far from being a sign of dirt or neglect, this colour means wealth : cognac sleeps inside. Nearby vineyards, and well protected, some green oaks, hazelnuts or linden trees, grow in the utmost secrecy. On winter time, men and dogs roam theses places to harvest a precious black mushroom : the truffle. Both sides, it’s telling  time, patience and skill. Continue reading Black colour means wealthy in cognac

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Really, an amazing place. Blue of sky has always inspirated painters and photographs : never the same, from dawn to sunset, and so bright.  Many shades of green are present everywhere, from that of the vineyards to that of the woods. In fall season, when a morning mist appear, the landscape becomes magic. And what about  the sunset on the walls of the houses, build with the  white limestome of Charente. The amber color of the cognac after his ageing period answers to the fall colors of nature. Live here  allows to see, day after day, an unbelievable symphony of colours. Continue reading The chance to live in cognac region

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