Cognac Origin



Starting in the 17th Century, they were transformed in eau-de-vie (literally, "water of life") and improved by ageing in oak casks. Cognac is born. And this is how the adventure of a city that was to become the capital of a world class business began.

The Cognac Delimited Region is located at the north of the Aquitaine basin, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. To the West, it borders the Gironde estuary and the islands of Ré and Oléron and to the Eastit neighbors the region of Angoulême and the Massif Central foothills. The Charente river crosses the region, nourished by other streams: the Né, the Antenne, the Seugne rivers...etc.

The production area covers the Charente-Maritime and most of the Charente departments, and several districts of the Dordogne and Deux-Sèvres. It has a homogenous and mild seaside climate. Annual average temperature in the area is of about 13ºC (55 ºF), and winters are normally mild. The Delimited Region has a total area of over one million hectares (1 095 119 ha), but the actual vineyards only occupy 79 636 ha. Approximately 95% of them are used for Cognac production.

Based on the soil features described by the geologist Henri Coquand in 1860, 6 Cognac growing areas (Crus) were delimited and then ratified by decree in 1938: Champagnes (Grande and Petite Champagne), Borderies, and Bois (Fins Bois, Bons Bois, and Bois à Terroirs).

The Crus received their names when the local forests were cleared at the beginning of the 19th century. The Champagne and Borderies center growing areas are most productive.

Château des Plassons vineyard is owned by Pannaud family and they own about 120 hectares of vineyard. In scenic spot of France, the building in the vineyard has been established since 16th century.

Rastignac XO is a Cognac brand of Château des Plassons vineyard. For the wine fermentation, it is done in a French traditional way of Cognac area. From grape harvest, distillery, fermentation in oak to bottling, all processes are done in the Château. The stocks of their vineyard reach to 100,000 hectoliters. They used to sell most of the products to one of the most famous Cognac family. The quality of the wine sure has guarantee. Nowadays, they have established their own brand Rastignac XO) in Euro-American market and have gained a great evaluation. Their next step is China with such a big cognac market.

Château des Plassons products are strictly made from the vineyards which are planted around the Château. The Cognac is aged and bottled at the Château as well.


Vineyard and Castle

※ Vineyard and Castle view
※ Grape Tree-For making Cognac
※ Castle-Traditional European style

※ Castle in Summer and Blue sky

※ Maintain the traditional wine

※ Being mature in the oak cask
※ The advanced bottling
※ Display room in the Castle

Filling factory

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