Cognac: the ten favourite addresses of the English journalists of the "Guardian".
Hervé Bache-Gabrielsen. The company he runs is ranked first in the Top 10 favourite addresses of the "The Guardian" newspaper in Cognac.
The article is entitled "Ten of the best cognac distillers, tours and tastings". It offers a different getaway to the land of cognac, far from the traditional circuits and the big houses. This text was published on 31 January in the columns of the "Guardian", one of the most famous and influential English newspapers. The hit parade is as follows.
1. The Bache-Grabrielsen house in Cognac
The British newspaper liked this "90-minute visit, a perfect introduction to understanding the world of cognac. »
2. Otard and the castle of François Ier in Cognac
"The majestic royal castle of Cognac was the cradle of one of the most famous kings of France, François I. After the French Revolution, it was acquired by the entrepreneurial Baron Otard," wrote the "Guardian", who could not forget to recommend this great classic.
3. The British touch of the Hine house in Jarnac
Hine is the only Charente trader and official supplier to Buckingham Palace. He was supposed to be in this Top 10!
4. The Painturaud brothers in Segonzac
The cognac vineyard has 4,200 winegrowers. The "Guardian" has met the Painturaud, direct sellers in the heart of Grande Champagne, and recommends their production.
5. The Marcadier-Barbot family in Segonzac
In the summer, Dany Barbot and his brother Serge Marcadier offer jeep tours in the heart of the vineyard. It's unusual. The English love it...
6. Personal reason in Angeac-Champagne
Bertrand and Sabine de Witasse gave up their work in Paris to take control of the family estate 24 years ago [...]. They are one of the few distillers who heat their stills with wood rather than gas," writes the "Guardian".
7. The Brard-Blanchard organic estate in Boutiers Saint-Trojan
The address is secure. Very recommendable. Here, the 24 hectares of vines in Fins Bois are cultivated without the slightest chemical product. Three-quarters of the production is sold without intermediaries. The Brard-Blanchard range includes five cognacs, more or less old, but also pineau, Charentais wine and grape juice.
8. The Allary cooperage in Archiac
The "Guardian" appreciated the family dimension of the company, which is sometimes open to the general public.
9. Le Chai restaurant in Cognac
English journalists point out that the daily special costs 12 €. They tasted a "traditional Charentais leg of lamb with white beans".
10. Hotel Quai des Pontis in Cognac
Here, "you can book a trailer, a comfortable wooden pavilion or a romantic cabin," says the English newspaper.
Source : icognac.fr