This Charente metropolis deserves to be higher identified, and never only for its eau-de-vie. Between the Chais Monnet resort, the Hennessy cognac home, the starred restaurant “Les Foudres”, the Martell Basis and the 2CV experience by means of the vineyards, the actions are quite a few and have satisfied us.
The city of Cognac, identified for its alcohol of the identical title, is way more than an eau-de-vie. This small city within the Charente has an actual French attraction, between the authenticity of a village and the historic richness of a giant metropolis. Misplaced in the midst of the vineyards, Cognac was constructed on the banks of the Charente, contributing to the commerce in its eau-de-vie. Positioned 1h20 from La Rochelle and 1h40 from Bordeaux, this metropolis is an indispensable stopover throughout a keep within the area.
Throughout our getaway we stayed on the Chais Monnet & Spa resort. The resort is inbuilt a former cellar of the Monnet home, inbuilt 1838, the place the barrels of cognac eaux-de-vie have been as soon as saved throughout their maturation. An exquisite 5 star institution that has saved the attraction of the outdated. The furnishings are refined and sober, combining noble supplies reminiscent of wooden and glass with the model and luxury of modernity. The rooms (single or suites) are spacious with out being excessive, sufficient to really feel at dwelling. For one evening in August, costs begin from €350 for 2 adults. A really reasonably priced value, judging by the standard of the welcome, the service, the rooms, the bedding and the actions on supply. Particular point out to the breakfast within the room, which is simply unbelievable! We provide an actual pressure the place the selection is as wealthy as it’s tasty. Toast with salmon and avocado, charcuterie platter, cheese platter, pastry, jam, fruit salad, yogurt, fruit juice, tea, espresso… A elegant tasting second, quietly put in in your balcony.
Because the title implies, the resort additionally affords a spa. The wellness heart has a phenomenal indoor pool that extends outwards, in addition to a jacuzzi, a hammam, a sauna and an expertise bathe the place the sounds of nature and the lights offer you a singular expertise. A variety of remedies are additionally accessible on the spa, in partnership with the French model Olivier Claire (which has an moral dedication and is 100% made in France).
The resort Chais Monnet & Spa additionally affords its prospects traditional bicycles and electrical bicycles to walk by means of the town and uncover the encircling countryside. For our outing we opted for the 2CV experience. Assured laughter with pals, or a romantic ambiance as a pair, the two CV takes us to the vineyards for distinctive reminiscences, the place a change of surroundings is assured.
Maison Hennessy, star restaurant and Martell Basis
Visiting cognac with out figuring out how the alcohol is produced is a nasty style. To clear up this misunderstanding, we visited the Maison de cognac Hennessy. After crossing the Charente by boat, disembark on the correct financial institution to first uncover the museum of the historical past of cognac. This wine eau-de-vie developed within the seventeenth century due to rich international retailers. That is notably the case of Richard Hennessy who based the home in 1765…and maybe somewhat bit due to Belgium. This Irish nobleman realized the artwork of negotiation in his youth nowhere else than… Ostend.
The barrels in Maison Hennessy can be utilized for 40 or 50 years. They’re made solely of French oak and with out glue or nails in order to not alter the style of the eau-de-vie. The barrels are then saved in an enormous cellar, which remains to be in operation. We additionally get the possibility to see brokers at work stocking new barrels. Every row corresponds to the identical eau-de-vie, whose title and 12 months of manufacturing are written in chalk. The alcohol then matures for a number of years and among the alcohol evaporates, poetically referred to as “the angels’ share”. It’s this course of that provides black spots on the partitions and flooring of the basement (and even within the metropolis), attributable to a micro fungus referred to as “torula”. The go to will after all finish with a tasting, which is able to permit us to find a cognac-based cocktail on the similar time. A course of that makes it a lot simpler to drink this alcohol at 40°.
Within the night you’ll be able to benefit from the numerous eating places that the resort affords. As a result of one of many nice belongings of the Chais Monnet resort is its gastronomic supply. It even has the one starred restaurant on the town, “Les Foudres”. The decor is grand from the doorway. The cellar of the “Cathedral” is fortified by large barrels – a few of that are 100 years outdated. The brand new chef Paolo Boscaro honors Charentais merchandise by means of a contemporary and refined delicacies. The “7 senses” menu fascinated us above all with its boldness, delicacy and precision. One of many starters particularly marked us and introduced an actual freshness to our palate. deal with to not be missed!
For lunch, we suggest having lunch at “La Distillerie”, a brasserie that provides a extra accessible delicacies, however all the time native and attractive. For a drink on the finish of the day, the Chais Monnet resort has a rooftop with a powerful view over Cognac and the encircling space. The right place to admire an orange sundown.
Our keep ends with a go to to the Martell Basis, a real artwork incubator in Cognac. Greater than 1,000 m² is offered for the artists in residence to create freely, whether or not on wooden, ceramics, glass, paper or material. Yearly there’s an exhibition with solely works made on website. We have been capable of go to “The tip is at first and the way we transfer on” which questions our 5 senses. A playful exhibition, particularly appreciated by kids, which takes place freed from cost and with out supervision. The objective is to demystify up to date artwork by making it extra accessible, and the mission achieved! Particularly, one can cheat one’s sense of style by consuming a bit of chocolate whereas smelling a fragrance. However the work that notably caught our consideration is the ‘collaborative robotic’. From the remark that the textile trade pollutes an excessive amount of, artist Jeanne Vicerial questioned how we are able to return to tailored high quality with present expertise and with out losing mud. She subsequently imagined this “knitting machine” that weaves a costume on a model, utilizing a single black thread. The motion is hypnotic and promising for the way forward for our society. A polysensory expertise you will not quickly neglect!