Wine tour in the Cognac region

MBA Wine & Spirits Management students had the privilege of doing a wine tour to discover the world of Cognac.

Wine tour in the Cognac region

They left Bordeaux early in the morning to visit The House of Delamain, a trader in very high quality Cognacs since 1759.


“With this tour, we were able to better understand what a trader in spirits actually does, and more particularly, the assembly and aging processes. We also learned how to taste Cognac; it’s a different technique than the one used when tasting wine, because you don’t have to actually drink any to be able to determine its aromas and quality,” said Margot Renard, a Vatel Bordeaux student.

Attentive to the advice that Charles Braastad, Delamain Cognac’s Managing Director gave, students had the pleasure of sampling bottles of 25, 30 and 40 years of age.

The day then continued with a stop at Tonnellerie Baron. This was an opportunity for students to see all the production details from the oak trunks to the final barrel.

“These wine tours play an essential role in our curriculum, as they match our courses and allow us to better understand them,” concluded Margot.


  • The House of Delamain is one of the oldest cognac houses, and is specialized in distilling and aging very high quality cognac.
  • The production facilities are located in Jarnac, on the banks of the Charente River.
  • They are supervised by Charles Braastad and Patrick Peyrelongue.
  • Grapes come only from Grande Champagne geographical denominations.
  • The Cognacs are aged in French oak barrels, under the local name of “roux” which offer a period of ageing greater than normal practice. New oak barrels cannot be used, to avoid any excessive input of tannins.



Pale & Dry XO (extra old)

Vesper XO

Very venerable 






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