The Medieval town that also lends its name to the region and to the world's best known brandy is located in France's Western Loire. A twenty-mile radious called the "golden circle" includes Cognac and a second distilling town of Jarnac, where the eau de vie has been produced since the 17th century.
The Chateau de Bagnolet has been in the Hennessy family since 1841. The once-private home now houses lucky VIP guests.
There are only six vineyard areas around the Cognac region, each within the Appellation Controlee for Congnac, which dictates the strict rules with which these double distilled liquors can be produced and labeled.
All photos from The Selby
I'd love to learn more about Cognac. The different varieties and growth areas of grapes, from VS (Very Special) to XO (extra old). I really do think the subject requires much more intensive study. Probably on location.
Anyone care to join me?