The Ricard familly’s estate is established in the heart of the first cru of the Cognac controlled area, representing 13 200 hectares
of vineyard in total. The ground is made of clay and limestone, allowing the vineyards to produce extremely
fine “eaux-de-vie”, with unrivalled bouquet. Grande Champagne Cognac is destined for a long ageing in oak barrels in order to develop its unique aromatic complexity.
Surrounding the south of Grande Champagne area, this 15 200 hectares region has a similar soil to the previous one. Petite Champagne “eaux-de-vie” are light and develop
a complex bouquet, however not as refined as the Grande Champagne ones.
“Fine Champagne” appellation can be applied to Cognac using at least 50% of Grande Champagne “eaux-de-vie” and the rest from Petite Champagne area.
With only 4000 hectares, this is the smallest of the 6 regions. The subsoil is mainly made of flint, clay and sand,
which allows Borderies Cognac to age faster than Grande and Petite Champagne Cognac. Their typical aromatic profile reveals hints of violet flower.
Surrounding the 3 previous crus, this 31 200 hectares area is the biggest of the 6. The soil
consists of red hard limestone which gives Fins Bois Cognac a balanced aromatic profile and a relatively fast maturation in oak barrels.
Representing 9300 hectares of vineyard destined to produce Cognac, soils from this zone have a smaller proportion of limestone, therefore “eaux-de-vie”
produced within the area are less delicate but have a pleasant fruity bouquet and a round texture in the mouth.
Oceanic influence and sandy soils have a strong impact on the aromatic profile of Bois Ordinaires
Cognacs. Only 1100 hectares of vineyard are destined to produce Cognac “eaux-de-vie”, which represents a very small volume compared to the other crus.