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From 1st April 2018, and in accordance with the provisions of the Cognac specifications, all XO Cognac will be classified as 10 years old. This means that the youngest eau-de-vie included in a blend Cognac labelled XO* must have been aged in barrels for at least 10 years, instead of the 6 years previously required.
Cognac : XO classification to rise to 10 years

In practice, there are already many XO* cognacs on the market with the youngest eau-de-vie exceeding 10 years of age. This measure aims align the regulation and the market reality, and also to extend the quality positioning of XO*.

The measure was first confirmed by the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) in 2011, allowing brands time to anticipate the change. To support the producers in the transition, the BNIC has put into place a system that allows Cognac XO spirits, classified as 6, 7, 8 and 9 years, pre-packaged (labelled or not) by 31st March 2018 at the latest and in accordance with BNIC provisions to be marketed as XO until 31st March 2019. To be able to take advantage of this lead-time, the operators must send the BNIC a statement of the pre-packaged XO* eaux-de-vie stocks concerned by the 1st March 2018, using a stock declaration form available from the BNIC.

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* “XO”: “Out of Age”, “Extra”, “Ancestral”, “Ancestor”, “Gold” and “Imperial”
The designation “Napoleon” remains 6 years minimum

Contact, renseignements
Marie-Véronique CHALAS
+33 (0)5 45 35 60 24


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