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French cognac producers are on the lookout for extra.

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These producers are looking for further approval to develop their grapes on further acres subsequent yr to fulfill the demand for potent liquor.

Export gross sales have develop into extra widespread in North America and Asia, with a style of brandy, a prestigious drink in enterprise circles and on the American rap scene.

There was a document of just about 206 million bottles through the 12 months to July 2018 for a complete worth of three,200 million euros (3,600 million {dollars}), with 98 % offered exterior of France.

The producers will request permission so as to add some 3,500 acres (8,650 acres) to the roughly 75,000 acres devoted to cognac within the area.

The vineyards of all France may be added to one another by their grapes, which should stay inside the limits of their particular person denominations.

"Final yr we requested for and obtained 1,500 hectares," mentioned Patrick Raguenaud, president of BNIC's nationwide cognac committee.

It will take six to seven years, however a "good perspective" justified the rise in manufacturing, Raguenaud informed AFP.

Regardless of the episodes of mould and hail, growers anticipate first-class spirits of this yr's harvest because of the "distinctive summer time local weather, dry and heat," in line with the affiliation of growers within the Charentes-Cognac area.


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