THE FRENCH AND THEIR PASSION FOR BRANDY
“We all drew on the comfort which is given out by the major works of Mozart, which is as real and material as the warmth given up by a glass of brandy.” - Rebecca West
What started as a medicinal spirit way back in the 7th century, is today a marker of an elite lifestyle. Categorized as an agricultural spirit because it is made from various agricultural products such as fruits, no one makes and understands Brandy better than the French.
Producers of the finest brandy in the world, the French have been the undisputed aficionados for as long as brandy has been in existence.
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There are three types of brandy namely, Grape, Pomace and Fruit. Grape brandy is made from fermented grape juice, aged in wooden casks of oak from which it receives its signature texture and color complimenting the addition in flavor.
Pomace Brandy, is a lesser smooth form which is made from pressed grapes, its stem and its skin.
The aging process is not as mature as the Grape brandy and imparts a very grape-like fruity taste to the spirit. Fruit brandy on the other hand is made from any fruit, other than grape.
In some cases, Grape Brandies are also flavored with another fruit and distilled from fruit wines.
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Masters of Brandy – Cognac, get their name from a region North of Bordeaux in France which makes the finest type of brandy in the world. A grape brandy made from the finest types of grapes – The Ugni Blanc also known as Trebbiano, along with Colombard and the Folle Blanche, gives Cognac its characteristic divine taste. These grapes are high in acid and low on alcohol which contributes to the flavor in a way that only can be understood only by the true lovers of brandy.
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Grande Champagne or Petite Champagne is the top of the line and is full of finesse and complexity with hints of jasmine and lime blossom. The importance of Cognac can be understood by the fact that, brandy which simply is labeled as French Brandy is one that comes from the other regions of France. Also aged in oak, however, not the same kind of oak as used for Cognac which is either the Limousin or the Troncais oak.
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Known for their sense of art, high lifestyle, exquisite fashion and cuisine, the French have indeed brought their sophistication to Cognac, which stands as an example of French excellence and class - A drink worthy of its stature in the global market and among brandy fans.