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Cognac is a type of brandy specifically from the Cognac region of France. Thus, a cognac is always a brandy, but a brandy isn't necessarily a cognac.

There are six cognac producing regions in the main region of Cognac, here listed in descending order of prestige: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois, Bon Bois and Bois Ordinaire. Many cognacs are blends of eaux-de-vie from these regions. Eaux-de-vie is the name of the raw spirits after two distillings without having been matured into proper cognac yet.

Cognac is distilled twice and then stored in oak barrels for at least two years. Only then can it be called cognac. There are three official grades of Cognac: VS, VSOP and XO.



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