This brandy is called after the French town of Cognac. The Cognac area is divided into 6 Crus or cultivation areas. The best come from the Grande Champagne. But, in the Petite Champagne and in the Fins Bois very good products are also distilled.
Three white grape varieties are cultivated: Ugni blanc (also known as Trebbiano), Folle Blanche and Colombard. The wine produced from these varieties is distilled twice and then stored in oak barrels. This mixes the primary aromas from the wine with the secondary aromas from the wood.
The classification of the cognac depends on the length of the barrel storage. An XO (Extra Old) must be stored in wooden barrels for at least 10 years. A VSOP 4 years.