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It’s springtime in Cognac! The air has sweetened, and nature is born again. After the time of distillation, it’s the season of new growth and the beginning of a new cycle for LOUIS XIII Cognac. Like Cellar Master Baptiste Loiseau, the winegrowers of Grande Champagne are all thinking a century ahead.
The cowslips are out. The sloe blossom is blooming in the hedgerows and a warm breeze envelops the vineyards. After the cold months of pruning and binding, the vines can finally soak up the bright crystalline sunrays that are bursting through the clouds.
Very soon, the buds will break, new shoots will grow, and the first green leaves will appear.
As the days grow longer and the temperature rises, tiny clusters of flowers will form and eventually give birth to the grapes for our precious eaux-de-vie – only the best grapes for LOUIS XIII: the delicate juice of Ugni Blanc grapes from the rolling hills of Grande Champagne, the first cru of the Cognac region, where the roots of the finest vines reach down through the soft chalky soil to soak up the earth’s deepest secrets.