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David Longford: the undiscovered world of Cognac, cocktails and women

Published:  18 March, 2012

Imagine, a woman - let's say between the ages of 22 and 63 - walks into a cocktail bar, somewhere in the world. She's had a long, hard day bashing away at the glass ceiling at the law firm/pension provider/bank where she works, and she just wants to sit at the bar and forget it all for a while, before heading home to her version of domestic bliss.

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David Longfield: Cognac Summit's search for Cognacs that appeal to women

Published:  12 February, 2012


As the numbers were crunched from the 1,380 completed tasting and assessment sheets filled in by the 34 invited bartenders, sommeliers, retailers and journalists, early conclusions after the four days of the fifth annual International Cognac Summit, held at the end of January, included the perhaps surprising view that packaging was broadly considered not to be important to women buying Cognac by the bottle.

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Record-breaking year for Cognac sales

Published:  02 February, 2012

Cognac had a record-breaking year in 2011 spearheaded by a rise in Chinese consumption - global sales grew 6.4% on the previous year.

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International Cognac Summit puts the focus on women

Published:  27 January, 2012

The fifth annual International Cognac Summit (ICS) concluded this week, following four days of intensive analysis and discussion by an international panel on the theme of "Cognac and women".

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Rémy Martin discontinues existing VSOP

Published:  04 January, 2012

Rémy Martin is withdrawing its original VSOP from the European market and launching a mature cask finish expression in its place.

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Blog: what the king of bling can teach Champagne

Published:  15 December, 2011

Champagne producers certainly have a thing or two to learn from their French neighbours in Cognac about remaining true to their luxury roots.

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Courvoisier pushes punch using Dickens link

Published:  09 November, 2011

Courvoisier is continuing with its misson to promote punch with a new, Christmas-themed Charles Dickens tour around London.

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Raymond Blanc and Martell to host live dining experience

Published:  13 October, 2011

French chef, Raymond Blanc, has teamed up with luxury cognac brand, Martell, to host Harrods' first live dining experience in its Brompton Road windows.

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Geoffrey Dean: is that a £200,000 Cognac trunk in Harrods window?

Published:  13 October, 2011

Anyone walking past Harrods on Brompton Road by the corner of Hans Road before October 22 can have a look at the sumptuous Martell 'trunk' on display behind the famous old London store's windows. It's shaped more like a bookcase than a suitcase and, thanks to its special contents, carries a cool RRP of £200,000. Only two have been made - the other being in the Far East - and for serious Cognac connoisseurs with money to blow, this represents a must-have toy.

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Rare Cognacs go up for auction

Published:  18 August, 2011

Twenty-five rare Cognacs will go under the hammer at the sixth annual Cognac charity auction.

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Alcohol sales hit travel retail high

Published:  02 August, 2011

Wine and spirits sales in the travel retail sector have hit their highest levels since 1999, according to a new report.

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Maxxium UK announces cognac back in growth

Published:  28 July, 2011

Maxxium UK has announced the UK cognac market is back in growth by 10% in volume and value, due to its brand Courvoisier, which it says is propelling the spirit forward.

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Martell launches on-pack promotion to win luxury home

Published:  28 July, 2011

Pernod Ricard owned Martell has launched an on-pack promotion offering consumers a chance to win a luxury home in Cognac.

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Courvoisier pedals punch sampling drive

Published:  21 July, 2011

An eight metre high pedal powered punch machine will be the main attraction in Courvoisier's new summer sampling campaign.

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Rémy Cointreau in exclusive talks over Champagne sale

Published:  02 March, 2011

Rémy Cointreau has entered into exclusive negotiations with EPI over the sale of its Champagne division.

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Distell sales hit hard by exchange rate

Published:  17 February, 2011

South African wine and spirits conglomerate Distell's sales gains have been hard hit by unfavourable exchange rates and a less profitable sales mix.

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Cognac sales up 30% in 2010

Published:  24 January, 2011

2010 was a record year for Cognac, as shipments reached an all-time high of 1.86 billion Euros (£1.58 billion).

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Vinexpo: World wine industry is robust

Published:  13 January, 2011

Vinexpo insists the world wine industry is in good health - despite big companies looking to dispose of assets.

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UK spirits market on course for growth

Published:  12 January, 2011

Spirits consumption in the UK will continue to increase over the next four years, according to research carried out by Vinexpo/IWSR.

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New look for Cuvée Pierre Frapin

Published:  23 November, 2010

The new packaging for the ultra-premium Cuvée Pierre Frapin 1888 features stylish detail.

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