Pre-Phylloxera Cognac

Cognacs from the late nineteenth century are completely different from those produced afterwards. Phylloxera, an insect, wiped out 85% of France’s grape vines, cognacs used a wide range of native varieties, such as Montils, sémillon, folle blanche, and colombard. The plague reached France in 1865. In the cognac region the first vineyards were not affected until 1872. Notably 1869, 1871, 1874 and 1875 were particularly good years ...