January 17, 2017 Martine's Wines

This unique vin de liqueur is said to have been accidentally discovered by a Burie winemaker who, in 1509, unwittingly put fresh grape juice from the recent harvest into a barrel containing a small quantity of cognac. The next year, he made an extraordinary discovery: a lively concoction that had both the freshness of fruit and the depth of brandy. Pineau des Charentes was born. Today, regulations require Pineau des Charentes to be made from the fresh juice of grapes grown in the Cognac region and blended with young Cognac. Timing is essential; blending occurs within hours of pressing the…

January 17, 2017 Martine's Wines

The Cognac house of A. Edmond Audry was founded in 1878 by the great-great-grandfather of the current owner, Parisian lawyer Bernard Boisson. In the early 1950s, Audry stopped selling Cognac, but some very old stocks were held back in reserve with the hope the house would rise again one day. That day came in 1978, when Bernard resurrected the dormant family estate. Audry is now made by a master blender who combines the ancient reserve with a few lots bought from a select group of Charentais growers. Audry Cognacs are among the world’s finest, and the original stocks allow them…