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C - COGNAC

C - COGNAC

The thriving town of Cognac in the south of the region may be many things, but above all it will always be the home of one of the region’s most famous exports...

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Paying Homage - 250 years of Hine

Paying Homage - 250 years of Hine

The historic port of Jarnac celebrated the 250th Anniversary of the most British of fine Cognac houses: Thomas Hine & Co... 

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Destiny Fulfilled- Château de l’Yeuse

Destiny Fulfilled- Château de l’Yeuse

The name of Cognac has long been synonymous with stylish living and a sense of occasion – qualities which are alive and well…

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In fine spirits

In fine spirits

The big-name cognac houses may grab all the headlines but the region is full of small producers making excellent and unusual cognacs. Teresa Hardy reports on the three-month festival that celebrates them... 

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Ambre Concept: a hidden jewel

Ambre Concept: a hidden jewel

Why not give yourself a pleasurable treat with a visit to Ambre? You’ll love savouring the original delights of this enchanting concept store situated in the centre of Cognac’s pedestrian zone. We visited in the run up to Christmas...

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Casks and cannons

Casks and cannons

In September you may be lucky enough to spot an unusual sight on the roads in Charente and Charente Maritime: a series of horse-drawn carts accompanied by people wearing 18th-century costumes. Read on to find out what this is all about…

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