Paul Giraud

Grande Champagne


all about Cognac, brandy and more ...™

Cognac & Pineaux

de l'Augerie

Fins Bois

Spring 2001

Content          Editorial on twelve

ORECO 1.0 on one

Guest column on one

Broker  on three

Carbon-14 on five

in Every issue:

Cognac Tastings on nine

Profile  on eight

Brandy@Restaurants on five

Best of T’News   on six

Financials on six

Letters to Editor on seven

Brandy@Internet on eight

Recent events on seven

Musical Chairs on twelve

Brandy@Books on nine

Editor: M. Andrew, FIJEV (    Simon Palmer ( and correspondents around the world

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Photo courtesy ORECO D. Saint Ours

  • Peter Pistanek wrote Rivers of Babylon among others, now he writes the Ode to a region - page 1

  • On page 3 begins the story of Jacques Boursaud... "1875 Grande Champagne followed by an 1830 Fins Bois."

  • The mystery or the myth of Carbon 14 dating - on page 5

  • Introduction to ORECO begins on page 1

  • Simon Palmer shares his Concours Mondial du Vin experiences - page 7

  • A Gascon in Cognac, from Armagnac to Grande Champagne on page 8

                                 Guest column Editor's note: Peter Pistanek lives and works in Slovakia. He is a well-known writer whose books are made into movies, connoisseur of spirits, excellent cook and a walking encyclopedia of music.

Ode to a region

It is not an easy task to say which one from the countries and regions I ever visited in my life seems to be the most beautiful to me. I never tried to pick one.

I love the blue meadows and remote distilleries of amiable and hospitable Kentucky, and I feel like a fish within its pond at the beautiful countryside of Scottish Highlands or Speyside.

I enjoy to cool down in the stone-cold bodegas in Jerez, and my eyes are always pleased watching the green vineyards’ slopes of Tokay region in my native country.        continues Guest column page 2


ORECO (Organisation Economique du Cognac) founded in 1932 this company is in general totally unknown outside the region but equally as well known within.

From humble beginnings with 250,000 liters pure alcohol in stock its 128 cellars now contain over 40,000,000 liters pure alcohol, roughly 12% of the regions total stock and it employs a staff of 46 and registered turnover of FRF45,520,432 for the 1999/2000 financial year. continues ORECO page 2

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