Cognac is a particular type of brandy that is named for the town and surrounding area of Cognac, France.
All Cognac is brandy, but not all brandy can be considered Cognac.
For a brandy to be called Cognac, it must be made from specified grape varieties grown in the AOC, double-distilled in copper pot stills and aged at least two years in Limousin or Tronçais oak barrels. Cognac must be at least 40 percent alcohol.
Cognac is primarily made from Trebbiano grapes or Ugni Blanc in French.
Folle Blanche and Colombard are white grape varieties that are also used in the production of cognac.
Cognac is France’s 2nd largest export product!