Spirited effort by armagnac to take on cognac in China

China is the biggest market for armagnac. Photo: Nicolas Thibaut

"If you drink cognac there is no reason why you shouldn't drink armagnac. We have very similar products. We have our differences, but let's talk about the similarities first," says Olivier Dusautoir, commercial director of the house of Janneau.

Friday, 17 May, 2013, 4:55am

Miniature cognac bottle collector

Man's Chan with his miniature bottles. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Man's Chan seems to like collecting titles as much as he likes collecting cognac. He has about 14,000 miniature bottles - about 90 per cent of which are cognac, with the rest armagnac and single malt whisky - and 1,020 larger ones he's accumulated since 1985. He's also the founder and chairman of the Hong Kong Miniature Liquor Club and a consultant to auctioneer Bonham's.

29 Mar 2013 - 10:32am

French champagne hard sell on mainland

Remy Martin

As global champagne consumption goes flat, makers of bubbly are turning to China to make up the difference. After all, cognac has become a huge hit there, and the country now accounts for 22 per cent of worldwide shipments, up from 5 per cent in 2000.

26 Feb 2013 - 4:54am

China’s thirst for cognac drives demand

Photo: Edmond So

So fine are the hand-made crystal decanters used for Remy Martin’s 2,500 euro (HK$25,000) Louis XIII cognac that workers don silk gloves to fill them with the caramel-coloured liquor, to avoid leaving scratches or smudgy fingerprints.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Martell launches Chanteloup Perspective cognac at Four Seasons

Francis Ng Chun-yu, Damien Batteux and Xavier Beysecker toast Martell's new premium-grade cognac Chanteloup Perspective

French brand Martell hosted a dinner in the ballroom of the Four Seasons hotel to introduce its new Chanteloup Perspective - a premium-grade cognac that takes its name from the family's estate. Guests including award-winning actors Francis Ng Chun-yu, Natalis Chan Pak-cheung and Cecilia Yip Tung savoured a specially created cognac-pairing menu.

5 Sep 2012 - 3:09am

Spirited companions

Single malt Scotch whisky is not the only spirit that can be an appropriate partner to a range of dishes. Chilled vodka and caviar are a classic combination.

Irish whisky can match many of the same foods as Scotch, and may be especially appropriate for Irish salmon and oysters.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Martell Cordon Bleu's 100th anniversary brings full measure of limited edition history

On Saturday night in the inner courtyard of Hullett House, table after table of people toasted to Martell Cordon Bleu's 100th anniversary with loud, drawn-out yum sengs.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Cheers to excellent vintages worth HK$7m

The Spring Fine & Rare Wines Auction offers an exceptional selection of vintages from around the world, carefully sourced from pristine private collections.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

Cognac-maker bringing in some of the world's top DJs to spin at annual bash

The folks at Hennessy know how to throw a party. The Hennessy Artistry music event, featuring aspiring acts from around the world, has become one of the most anticipated annual gigs in town.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Trunk call

Champagne might be the celebratory drink, whisky the gentleman's spirit and wine the connoisseur's choice, but in the world of luxury alcohol, cognac will always hold the top spot as the wealthy set's true tipple. Lovers of fine French brandy can indulge in every aspect of the drink through a trunk from one of the region's oldest brands.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

A case of friendly fire

There are few good things to be said for cold weather, particularly in Hong Kong, where nothing much is built for it. But for at least some of us who spent much of last week huddled over heaters, there was some consolation available from cherished bottles with the words 'alcohol by volume 40 per cent' - or more - appearing on the label.

2 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Cucina Rose

Brandy and tea doesn't sound like a winning combination; it seems as unlikely as the once-trendy Scotch and green tea. But the Cucina restaurant at the Marco Polo Hongkong hotel offers a tasty cocktail of cognac and a herbal infusion called the Cucina Rose.

5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

New Camus blend bottles experience of two generations to create its best cognac yet

Cyril Camus, the president of French cognac-maker Camus, is confident their latest product Cuv?e 2.105 is the best the brand has yet created.

A limited edition of 1,228 bottles, Cuv?e 2.105 is contained in an individually numbered Baccarat crystal decanter designed by French sculptor Serge Mansau.

23 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

153-year-old cognac fetches 1m yuan in Shanghai

A bottle of 153-year-old cognac was auctioned for 1 million yuan (HK$1.2 million) in Shanghai yesterday, believed to be a record price for the French spirit in an unadorned bottle.

25 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

A glass act

Most people mistakenly believe a snifter - a glass with a wide bottom and a relatively narrow top - is the best holder. But the snifter actually prevents the full enjoyment of cognac because the narrow top forces the smell of alcohol into the nose, preventing the drinker from savouring the various floral and fruity smells.

9 Sep 2011 - 12:00am