Cognac ageing system


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

This graph indicates the minimum time in oak of the youngest eau-de-vie used in creating the blend. It is not the age of the Cognac in the bottle.

Comptes de vieillissement du Cognac

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.


2003 executive order in the media library (in French only)

● 1983 decision in the media library (in French only)