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jarnacIn deze post laat ik jullie mooie foto’s en verhaal uit de cognac regio zien. De foto’s en tekst zijn van Galen Frysinger en is in het engels geschreven.

Persoonlijk vind ik dit de mooiste foto’s uit de cognac regio die ik tot nu toe gevonden heb.


Grapes for Cognac production

Cognac, town in west central France,
in Charente Department, on the Charente River, in Angoumois. The leading
industry is the distillation of cognac, a famous brandy named for the town and
made here since the 18th century. Points of interest include a 12th-century
church and a castle built in the 15th and 16th centuries. Francis I of France
was born in Cognac in 1494. Population (1999) 19,534.

Brandy of Napoleon

Brandy, alcoholic beverage produced
by the distillation of grape wine and matured by aging in wooden casks. When
freshly distilled, the brandy is clear and colorless and will remain so if kept
in glass containers. Placed in wooden casks, the spirits dissolve a coloring
matter from the wood and acquire a light brownish tint, which dealers often
deepen by adding burnt sugar. The distinctive aroma of brandy is due to the
presence of traces of higher alcohols and volatile oils. The very high alcoholic
content of the raw spirits is reduced somewhat by aging and is adjusted usually
to 40 to 45 percent by dilution with water when the brandy is bottled for sale.


vintage laboratory equipment for the production of cognac

Perhaps the most famous brandy is cognac, named after a town in the
wine-producing department of Charente, France. The amber-hued cognac is made by
distilling white wine, which is then aged in an oak cask.



the town


the fountain


the Courvoisier facility

The origin of Courvoisier history goes back to the beginning of
the 19th century with Emmanuel Courvoisier and his associate, Louis Gallois,
running a wine and spirit merchant company, in the Parisian suburb of Bercy.


along the banks of the stream

In 1811 Napoleon visited their warehouses in Bercy and he was hosted by Louis
Gallois, the Mayor, and Emmanuel Courvoisier. Legend has it that Napoleon I
later took several barrels of cognac with him to St Helena, a treat much
appreciated by the English officers on the ship who named it “The Cognac of


warehouses in Jarnac

In 1843, the son of Emmanuel, Felix Courvoisier established the COURVOISIER in
Jarnac in partnership with Jules Gallois. When Felix died in 1866, his nephews
and associates – the Curlier brothers – took over the management of the


older warehouse

dark color is the algae feeding on the escaping alcohol vapors

newer warehouse



The Tour



traditional sill for making cognac


mechanical picking of grapes for cognac production


demonstration of the deep roots of the vines into the limestone


making the barrels



flaming the barrels to enhance the leaching of the ingredients
from the wood


barrels for cognac aging




vintage bottles


premium product

COURVOISIER’s reputation as the finest cognac available, was again reinforced by
Napoleon III who granted COURVOISIER the title of “Official Supplier to the
Imperial Court” in 1869. This certificate is now on display at the COURVOISIER
museum in Jarnac, with many other Napoleonic artifacts and memorabilia.

In 1909, the English Simon family took over the COURVOISIER and started to build
the COURVOISIER brand identity and developed its global reputation. They
established the Napoleon silhouette and introduced in 1950, the Josephine
bottle, both of which are now recognized and renowned worldwide.




Napoleon Connection 




the brandy of Napoleon




Locks at Jarnac


the stream


used for house boating


town across the stream from Jarnac


boat heading for the lock


the lock


the lock is to raise the water level to the level to that above
the falls


the falls


opening the lock gate


turning the big wheel opens and closes the lock gate


boat entering the lock


tying up


gate closed to raise the water level


the boat rising in the lock as water enters from the higher level


Bron/copyright: Galen Frysinger

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