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Chateau St Martial – Cognac B&B

Cognac Chateau B&B –  chambres d’hote (B&B) in a real Chateau previously owned by a generations of an important Cognac family, the Chateau St Martial in Jarnac (16 Charente, Nouvelle Aquitaine), offers 5 double en-suite rooms, elegantly furnished with period furniture: Chateau Saint Martial

The gardens extend to 2.5 ha alongside the Charente river – and there is a swimming pool, tennis court, billiards room and bicycles for hire!

And being located just about 10km east of Cognac, it is easy to get to the Cognac houses in Cognac – although Jarnac does have Courvoisier and Hine  based here.

Whilst you are in the area try another local specialty – Pineau des Charentes – a blend on Cognac and unfermented grape juice (red or white) – served chilled it makes an excellent aperitif! Most Cognac producers will also make Pineau des Charentes.

Cognac is a variety of distilled brandy (alcoholic beverage) named after the town of Cognac.  It is produced in the wine-growing region surrounding the town from which it takes its name, in the French Departements of Charente and Charente-Maritime.  For a distilled brandy to bear the name Cognac, its production methods must meet certain requirements. In particular, it must be made from specified grapes, of which Ugni Blanc (known locally as Saint-Emilion) is the one most widely used.  The brandy must be twice distilled in copper pot stills and aged at least two years in French oak barrels from Limousin or Tronçais. Cognac matures in the same way as whiskies and wine when aged in barrels, and most cognacs are aged considerably longer than the minimum legal requirement.

This area is made up of 73,000 hectares (180,400 acres) of vineyards of which there are six different growing areas. Grande Champagne is known for making powerful cognacs. The second area is called Petite Champagne, and it is know to make elegant cognacs. Borderies is the third area, and makes well-rounded cognacs with violet aromas. The fourth area is called Fin Bois, and makes fine and elegant cognacs. The last two areas are named Bons Bois and Bois Ordinaires.

more hotels and other holiday accommodation in Cognac

For more information and to check availability at this Cognac Chateau B&B see Chateau Saint Martial

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