10. The movie is kept in the cognac cellars
Robert Rodriguez shot the film “100 years: a movie that you’ll never see” with John Malkovich in the title role, which will be premiered on November 18, 2115. The sponsor of the project was the manufacturer of a luxury alcoholic company Rémy Martin, the manufacturer of cognac “Louis XIII Cognac”, in the cellars of which the safe with the film has been keeping under a lock for a hundred years to make sure that the world will not see the movie until 2115. This company asked Malkovich to create a concept, but even the sponsors do not know all the details.
9. Grape varieties used for making cognacs
The best places for cultivating grape varieties for the cognac are the allotments located on calcareous, stony, clayey-calcareous soils. Grapes growing on moistened soils have a better condition. Drought prevents the accumulation of necessary aromatic substances in the grapes. Climatic conditions should allow the grapes to mature fully during the growing season. Sorts are selected according to the climatic zone. A sufficient number of sunny days and high temperatures should be within the maturation period.
8. A legend about the first cognac
The first person to apply the double distillation method is le Chevalier De La Croix-Maron. It is impossible to say exactly how the cognac itself appeared. But there is a legend according to which, le Chevalier De La Croix-Maron, having left military service, engaged in the distillation of wine. At night, he had a dream: to take his soul, the devil threw him into boiling water, but nothing happened, then he abandoned it one more time. In the morning, le Chevalier decided to apply the process of double boiling in the technology of making cognac.
The second boiling was to improve the quality of the wine of the first boiling. Then le Chevalier took two barrels with the received drink and went to the monks of Renorville. The beverage of the first one was immediately drunk, and the second barrel was hidden in the basement for the celebration of some event. This event occurred only fifteen years later when the monks visited the Chevalier. Surprisingly, the barrel was not full with the beverage, because of the evaporation. The drink got a new taste, saturated and sustained. It was the birth of the first cognac.
7. How to know the cognac age?
The maximum age of cognac is not limited by legislation. But the age of cognac in a barrel which lasts for more than 70 years, does not affect its character.
6. Traditional glasses for cognac serving
Barrels for cognac are made without a single nail. The most valuable are the oldest containers, they are carefully guarded, even spiders are specially bred, which span the barrels of cobwebs and protect them from pests.
5. What food cognac should be served with
4. The process of cognac drinking
Hold the glass in your palms, warming the cognac in them. After rotated cognac on the glass walls, enjoy it, plunging your nose into the glass. Its main criterion is a bouquet that opens at the slightest increase in temperature. The optimum temperature of cognac supply is room (cognac should not be cooled or heated). Moreover, it should not be kept in the fridge. After pouring the beverage into the glasses, the bottle should be left open, so that the aroma would evaporate more intensively. Drinking cognac, do not be in a hurry. This is not just a drink, but a classic aperitif or digestive.
3. What a cognac label should contain
-The mandatory indication of appellation membership (Fine ChampagneAppellation Contrôlée, Grande Champagne Appellation Contrôlée, Petite Champagne Appellation Contrôlée, etc.)
2. Famous French cognac houses
There are almost four hundred other cognac houses in France. True admirers of cognac believe that the products of small cognac houses are “non-commercial” or “gourmet”, as their quality is perfect. The following houses are worth mentioning: Frapin, Delamain, S.A.A.Tesseren, Chateau de Montifaud, etc.