Cognac: Blending the Eaux-de-vie
Cognac Cognac Elaboration: Blending
Making Cognac is the work of the Master Blender. Like the “master nose” and his perfumes, the Cognac Master Blender (Maître de Chai) subtly blends together eaux-de-vie of different ages and from different crus. Rigorously, with experience and intuition, he strives to achieve consistency in his blends and loyalty among the followers of his House.
Consistency in Quality
Cognac has a reputation for quality to defend across the world. The constant quest for consistency of quality is the work and the main concern of each Cognac House.
According to the book
For many years now, rules have codified the ways in which Cognac is made and presented.
Nonetheless, all Cognacs are different. Every Master Blender creates unique Cognacs to seduce connoisseurs through subtle and endless variations of flavours.
A Master at Work
Cognac: a Master at workThe Master Blender buys eaux-de-vie and follows their development from the moment they come
out of the pot stills.
He monitors their ageing, tastes them regularly, and decides whether it is time to change them
from one oak cask or from a chai – ageing warehouse – to another so they become rounder or dryer.
It is also he who progressively adds distilled or demineralized water to the eau-de-vie in order to
slowly reach the desired alcohol content for its release into the market. Cognac’s minimum alcohol
content must be 40%. This delicate operation is referred to as "reduction".

Cognac: blending the eaux-de-vieThis task requires an extensive experience and allows each Master Blender to fine-tune the product's quality. By creating a blend of the various eaux-de-vie, combining different ages andThe work of the master blender requires extensive experience. It allows each Cognac House to control the quality of its spirit. By blending eaux-de-vie of different ages and from different crus, the master blender creates genuine harmonies, like a painter or a musician. This patient craftsmanship will allow each consumer to recognize and appreciate the Cognac he/she loves.
Making Cognac is the work of the Master Blender.
Like the “master nose” and his perfumes, the Cognac Master Blender (Maître de Chai) subtly blends together eaux-de-vie of different ages and from different crus.
Rigorously, with experience and intuition, he strives to achieve consistency in his blends and loyalty among the followers of his House.