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A Slow Path to Perfection
Around Cognac, the land, history and a river meet to produce the liquor of the gods.  
By LENNOX MORRISON Wall Street Journal
pict2972In 1795, Baron Jean-Baptiste Otard, having escaped death-by-guillotine in the French Revolution, found the perfect premises for his new business—the Château de Cognac, overlooking the River Charente, 400 kilometers south-west of Paris.
 
What sold him wasn't the property's 11th-century origins as a fortress, nor the luminous Renaissance halls designed by Leonardo da Vinci, nor even the fact that King Francis I of France was born there.
 
As a cognac trader, the baron bought the site for its location. Read more…    
 

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