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A series of pictures taken on a visit to a family run cognac distillery in Chaniers, Charente-Maritime.

Some information from Wikipedea about cognac:

Cognac, named after the town of Cognac in France, is a variety of brandy. It is produced in the wine-growing region surrounding the town from which it takes its name, in the French Départements of Charente and Charente-Maritime.

For a distilled brandy to bear the name Cognac, an Appellation d'origine contrôlée, its production methods must meet certain legal requirements. In particular, it must be made from specified grapes, of which Ugni blanc, known locally as Saint-Emilion, is the one most widely used. The brandy must be twice distilled in copper pot stills and aged at least two years in French oak barrels from Limousin or Tronçais. Cognac matures in the same way as whiskey and wine when aged in barrels. By law Cognac must be aged for at least two years before it can be sold to the public. In fact, most cognacs are aged considerably longer than the minimum legal requirement.

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