The best wines of Cognac

Discover the best wines of Cognac as well as the best winemakers of Cognac and estates of Cognac to visit. Explore the popular grape varieties of Cognac and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Top wines of Cognac by region

Looking for a good wine of Cognac among the top wines in the region? Check out our tops of the best red, white or effervescent wines of Cognac. Also find some food and wine pairings that may be appropriate with these exceptional wines. Learn more about the region and the wines of Cognac with technical and enological descriptions.

Great red wines of Cognac

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Food and wine pairing with a red wine of Cognac

Red wines from the region of Cognac go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, game (deer, venison) or lamb such as recipes of monkfish with vegetable tagliatelle, conejo al ajillo (spain) or harira algerian soup.

The best vintages in red wine of Cognac

  • 2006With an average score of 4.40/5
  • 2016With an average score of 4.20/5
  • 2017With an average score of 4.10/5
  • 2008With an average score of 4.00/5
  • 2011With an average score of 3.90/5
  • 2010With an average score of 3.90/5

The most used grape varieties in red wine of Cognac

  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Colombard
  • Pinot Noir

The best wineries and winemakers for red wine of Cognac

A wine route planned in the region of Cognac? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best red wine of Cognac.

Discovering the wine region of Cognac

Cognac is the most famous brandy in the world, more famous even than its OldGascon cousin, Armagnac. It comes from the Charentais, a vast region of western France immediately North of Bordeaux, and takes its name from the historic town of Cognac - the long-standing epicentre of local brandy production. In French, cognac is technically classified as an eau-de-vie de vin - a category that covers all spirits distilled from wine. The Full and official name of the brandy is actually "Eau-de-Vie de Cognac" or "Eau-de-Vie des Charentes", but the Short version has become so common that these longer versions almost never appear on labels.

Although little known, the Charentais is one of the largest vineyards in France. It is made up of two administrative departments (Charente and Charente-Maritime), each of which produces more wine per year than the whole of Burgundy. While some of this wine is basic table wine (sold as IGP / Vin de Pays or Vin de France), the vast majority is produced specifically for distillation into Cognac. Legally protected and regulated since May 1936, Cognac was among the very first AOC titles confirmed when the INAO was created in the mid 1930s.

Great white wines of Cognac

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Food and wine pairing with a white wine of Cognac

White wines from the region of Cognac go well with generally quite well with dishes of rich fish (salmon, tuna etc), shellfish or vegetarian such as recipes of sea sauerkraut with white wine, mie goreng or vegan leek and tofu quiche.

Organoleptic analysis of white wine of Cognac

On the nose the white wine of the region of Cognac. often reveals types of flavors of microbio.

The best vintages in white wine of Cognac

  • 2017With an average score of 4.40/5
  • 2016With an average score of 4.00/5
  • 2008With an average score of 3.95/5
  • 2006With an average score of 3.00/5

The most used grape varieties in white wine of Cognac

  • Ugni blanc
  • Colombard
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chardonnay

The best wineries and winemakers for white wine of Cognac

A wine route planned in the region of Cognac? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best white wine of Cognac.

Discover the grape variety: Cabernet franc

Cabernet Franc is one of the oldest red grape varieties in Bordeaux. The Libourne region is its terroir where it develops best. The terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Fronsac allow it to mature and develop its best range of aromas. It is also the majority in many blends. The very famous Château Cheval Blanc, for example, uses 60% Cabernet Franc. The wines produced with Cabernet Franc are medium in colour with fine tannins and subtle aromas of small red fruits and spices. When blended with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, it brings complexity and a bouquet of aromas to the wine. It produces fruity wines that can be drunk quite quickly, but whose great vintages can be kept for a long time. It is an earlier grape variety than Cabernet Sauvignon, which means that it is planted as far north as the Loire Valley. In Anjou, it is also used to make sweet rosé wines. Cabernet Franc is now used in some twenty countries in Europe and throughout the world.

Great sparkling wines of Cognac

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Food and wine pairing with a sparkling wine of Cognac

Sparkling wines from the region of Cognac go well with generally quite well with dishes of pork, rich fish (salmon, tuna etc) or shellfish such as recipes of endives with ham, penne with smoked salmon and crème fraiche or cuttlefish with cider.

The best vintages in sparkling wine of Cognac

  • 1965With an average score of 4.80/5

The word of the wine: Mineral

Taste reminiscent of gunflint, chalk and many nuances of the mineral world, and reinforcing, especially in white wines, the notion of freshness and the sappy character.

Great pink wines of Cognac

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Food and wine pairing with a pink wine of Cognac

Pink wines from the region of Cognac go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, pork or game (deer, venison) such as recipes of sauté of lamb with curry, capellini with prosciutto or deer stew.

The most used grape varieties in pink wine of Cognac

  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Grenache
  • Shiraz/Syrah

The best wineries and winemakers for pink wine of Cognac

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Discover the grape variety: Grenache

Grenache noir is a grape variety that originated in Spain. It produces a variety of grape specially used for the elaboration of wine. It is rare to find this grape to eat on our tables. This variety of grape is characterized by medium to large bunches, and grapes of medium size. Grenache noir can be found in many vineyards: South West, Cognac, Bordeaux, Provence & Corsica, Languedoc & Roussillon, Rhone Valley, Loire Valley, Savoie & Bugey, Beaujolais.

Great sweet wines of Cognac

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Food and wine pairing with a sweet wine of Cognac

Sweet wines from the region of Cognac go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, lamb or pork such as recipes of feijoada ( portuguese cassoulet ), tunisian haja or endives with ham.

Organoleptic analysis of sweet wine of Cognac

On the nose the sweet wine of the region of Cognac. often reveals types of flavors of ginger, peach or black fruit and sometimes also flavors of red fruit, citrus fruit or vegetal.

The best vintages in sweet wine of Cognac

  • 1976With an average score of 4.80/5
  • 2010With an average score of 4.60/5
  • N.V.With an average score of 4.48/5
  • 1998With an average score of 4.40/5
  • 2008With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 2015With an average score of 4.27/5

The most used grape varieties in sweet wine of Cognac

  • Ugni blanc
  • Colombard
  • Folle Blanche
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Merlot

The best wineries and winemakers for sweet wine of Cognac

A wine route planned in the region of Cognac? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best sweet wine of Cognac.

The word of the wine: N-M

Negociant-manipulant. Company that buys grapes, sometimes in addition to its own vineyard, elaborates and markets its champagne. Most of the big brands like Moët or Taittinger are N-M.

Great natural sweet wines of Cognac

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Food and wine pairing with a natural-sweet wine of Cognac

Natural sweet wines from the region of Cognac go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, lamb or pork such as recipes of grandma melanie's cassoulet, dad's lamb mouse or rabbit socks in gibelotte.

Organoleptic analysis of natural-sweet wine of Cognac

On the nose the natural sweet wine of the region of Cognac. often reveals types of flavors of oak, tree fruit or spices and sometimes also flavors of non oak, earth.

The best vintages in natural-sweet wine of Cognac

  • N.V.With an average score of 4.10/5
  • 2014With an average score of 4.10/5
  • 2016With an average score of 4.10/5

The most used grape varieties in natural-sweet wine of Cognac

  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon

The best wineries and winemakers for natural-sweet wine of Cognac

A wine route planned in the region of Cognac? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best natural-sweet wine of Cognac.

    Discover the grape variety: Chardonnay

    The white Chardonnay is a grape variety that originated in France (Burgundy). It produces a variety of grape specially used for wine making. It is rare to find this grape to eat on our tables. This variety of grape is characterized by small bunches, and small grapes. White Chardonnay can be found in many vineyards: South West, Burgundy, Jura, Languedoc & Roussillon, Cognac, Bordeaux, Beaujolais, Savoie & Bugey, Loire Valley, Champagne, Rhone Valley, Armagnac, Lorraine, Alsace, Provence & Corsica.

    News from the vineyard of Cognac

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