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As Dana and I now both have Fridays off, we decided to go to
Cognac to see what it was all about. Again, it is just further down the
Charente river, about an hour from Rochefort. As the name of the city tells
you, there are many cognac distilleries there. We had planned on going for a
tour in one of the distilleries, but since it was during the off season, some
distilleries were closed to all public and some you had to make a reservation
to have a tour, ...
Today we visited an abbey, and a very interesting Cathedral. There was another building or maybe an enclosed area (it was hard to tell) that was attached to the back of the Cathedral that we could see from the outside, but unfortunately we could only visit the sanctuary. I’m always curious what the rest of these churches and buildings look like, but of course we have to stick to the sanctuary. In this Cathedral ...
... and in one town the musty smell of wine was overpowering. Interestingly too, the shops in this area -supermarkets etc, still shut at lunchtime. David had a wander around the town to size up the boulangeries in the town. Only three camping cars ...
My first day as a retired doctor! Oh, the relief! Drove north, through beautiful country at times. Country roads, however, are too slow, so we took to the motorways- more tolls!! Saw hundreds of fields of corn, for the cattle. Grapes took over near Bordeaux. We also saw ...
... create the cognac.
Basically, cognac is a twice-distilled white wine, which, prior to distillation and barrel-aging, is quite acidic and not very palatable. The eau-de-vie is distilled in very specialized small, copper kettles, then aged in several different types of French oak barrels, depending on the characteristics the cellar master wishes to impart to the cognac. Cognac must ...