Cognac ageing systemBLENDING
All Cognac for direct human consumption must be aged for a minimum of 2 years in oak casks
Cognac for direct human consumption is aged in oak casks for at least two years in the region of production (compte 2). Inventory and age control are performed by the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) (Executive order of July 2003).
The age of any Cognac is taken to be its age at the time of bottling as, unlike wine, alcohol produced by distillation does not mature in bottle.
Ageing indications refer to the age of the youngest eau-de-vie in the blend
Compte “0” begins on April 1 of the year following the harvest.
A decision of the Government Commissioner to the BNIC (1983 decision) codified the designations to be used, based on the age of the Cognacs making up the blends.