There are many different brandies produced throughout the world; however, there is only one “cognac”. This noble spirit originates from white wine grapes called Ugni Blanc. Produced only in the Cognac region of France, the wine is distilled twice in traditional Charentais copper pot stills. The finished product is clear and adopts its beautiful amber color after many years in French oak barrels. Under strict French law, cognac production methods and growing areas are clearly defined. The districts in order of quality are: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fin Bois, Bois Ordinaires. The combination of the two finest districts in Cognac produce the classification of “fine champagne”; ageing in barrels establishes the cognac’s designation.