ven1401016 - VEN 140 -Spring 2008 Distilled Beverage...

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1 VEN 140 -Spring 2008 Distilled Beverage Technology Cognac Roger Boulton 1005 Wickson Hall rbboulton@ucdavis.edu Outline • The Region, The Companies • The Grapes • Winemaking • The Alembic • The Distillation • Oak Aging • Composition • Types of Cognac
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2 The Region Cognac, Jarnac, Segonzac Bureau National Interprofessionel du Cognac (BNIC)
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3 Some Features • Vineyards, fermentation and 1 st distillation usually on the vineyard estates • 2 nd distillation often at a central site • Major companies are mostly aging, blending and shipping companies, limited ownership of vineyards, oversight of distilling, limited ownership • Exporters mostly, less focus on domestic market • Started as shipments of spirits to Holland, longer in barrel the more preferred
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4 The Companies Hennessey, Remy Martin, Martell, Louis Royer, Courvoisier, Camus, Hine Grapes, Winemaking Ugni blanc (Trebbianno) Pre-Phylloxera, Folle Blanche
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5 Winemaking • Early harvest, 16 to 18 Brix • Low pH, often 3.0 to 3.2
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