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Moine Freres, Jarnac

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  • Installed in the area naming "fine wood" but far from the first vintage "Grande Champagne", the property of the brothers monk can visit (information from the offices of tourism of Cognac and Jarnac). The monk brothers and their father François have developed a tour of not less than 3 hours during which you learn a lot of things, it's the "circuit of the oak". Indeed, as they like to say "without oak no Cognac" when we know that these are the tannins of the barrel in the Limousin oak that will give the beautiful color amber brandy. Everything begins with a demonstration of the manual production of a Charentais barrel from A to Z. A young Cooper assembles the staves, heat inside, set up the Fund, presents the traditional tools with evocative names. Everyone can, if he wants to try chamfered with a kind of very sharp hatchet called "' enough". We learn that the heating of the barrel is pushed more or less depending on the product to keep: little for the Cognac because it must release a maximum of tannins, more for red and white wines... In short it is exciting. Second stage with the room of distillation with the beautiful charentais copper still. François, father, explains in detail and very pedagogical way, operations of double distillation, which makes the quality and fame of Cognac all over the world. From November to late March (the end of the campaign) is all distilled in the vineyard. Remember: 2500 litres of wine per heating are brought to a boil, 1 h 55 minutes to begin to evaporate, 12 h for heating, "brouillis", result of the first heating is distilled in its turn, it's her back or "good heater". The art of the Distiller is to separate the heads at the right time and seconds (the vapors of the beginning and end of heating to the unpleasant taste) to keep only the heart. The visit of the winery then shows us the alignments of barrels to pineau (transferred to the water of life grape juice) and Cognac. We learn that the regulation is very strict and frequent quality controls. Finally we can all taste and buy in the store room. Pineau, Cognac, Cognac-based liqueur ("pushes even" very good raspberry and coffee/orange) "Distillers of new ideas and creativity" such are the monk. Indeed they're not missing one. While Gabriel like browse the vines on his tractor and work assemblies of Cognac in chai, Yann cultivated his passion, the art of making wine. Yes in Charente, on the argilo-calcareous land, we can also do the excellent wine with good grapes. If 32 ha are planted here in ugni-blanc, the grape producing acidic wine which will be distilled in large quantities, 8 ha are dedicated to the production of pink and red wine (cabernet sauvignon, merlot) white wine (chenin, an old grape of the Loire which has spread in South Africa, New Zealand in the luggage of the persecuted huguenots). Yann, strongly armed to a BTS viti-oeno, made us taste his barrels of red which he has long prepared the malolactic fermentation with sometimes daring tests, juice/clusters for example assemblies. But the result is there. The grape varieties of Bordeaux, vinified by a passionate expert, Kings here produce an excellent wine. But hurry we there is only 3 barrels... A special mention is noted for the almost absent these charentais vineyards Chenin. Yann leads us in a sub slope where a single barrel of 300 litres delivers a white wine with the aromas (citrus, white fruits, flowers...) and no less powerful in the mouth (no sulfites). This called "Lady in white" wine bottled mid-June will keep his promises as it was previous called "Bohemian" Cuvée. These charentais wines that we described our host fervently undoubtedly deserve to be known and shared equal great wines, they are the work of an experienced professional who also think to Acclimate him the King of la Rioja, the Tempranillo grape. When you are told that the monk are "distillers of ideas". They are not less artists, having laid out on the floor a showroom, the resident artists are invited also to decorate the labels. The wines are 10 euros for whites, 7.50 for the reds. It will complement her basket with old pineaux, Cognacs or liqueurs. Don't forget the mother who takes care of administration and Finance of the property, it offers a warm welcome. Within the monk family everyone is out of place in its area of competence. 3 hours tour and tasting, is finally running to understand the terroir of Cognac
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  • My family and partners were recommend this place after going into Jarnac, as well as a number of local recommending this place. We were blown away by the knowledge this family had, how they let us get...  more »
  • Tasting of Pinaud. Exquisite. Especially the STRAT aged. Very friendly. Good value for money
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  • A small very nice producer that narrates us his attachment to his land and the love of good things as we taught him in his family I would recommend this tour there is also the history of the manufacture of barrels. A great time is waiting for you and at the end you can enjoy a great pineau developed with care and if you wish there is also of cognac.
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  • Very good friendly, authentic presentation of the Cooper, and explicit and natural presentation made with the love of the terroir and the trade
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