#08 Quick guide to understand the different Cognac crus

Between Grande and Petite Champagne, Fins Bois and Bon Bois, it’s not easy to make a choice… Discover what are the different Cognac crus and their characteristics!

How about trying to do things differently when choosing your next Cognac? Why not picking it according to its geographic origin rather than for its aging (insert link to the June article) process? Indeed, it’s the best way to explore the richness of Cognac terroirs!

Grande Champagne

Grande Champagne is the most prestigious cru of the Cognac Geographical Indication (GI), most particularly because it is well-suited for the aging process in barrels.The Grande Champagne’s eaux-de-vie have predominantly floral aromas, including dried lime tree and dry vine shoot. 

Petite Champagne

As you might have guessed from its name which means Small Champagne, Petite Champagne has similar characteristics to Grande Champagne but the maritime climate – which is more prevalent in the territory – does influence the eaux-de-vie. Petite Champagne is known for its fruity and floral aromas – most particularly the vine flower. 


This cru is really appreciated for its bouquet and can be distinguished by the fact that its eaux-de-vie do not age as long as those of Grande Champagne. Its finesse and lightness let floral aromas of violet and iris shine.

Fins Bois

This cru can be recognized for its intense olfactive power and for its fullness. The Fins Bois eaux-de-vie may age faster than those of Grande Champagne, but they tend to offer fruity aromas of crushed grapes.

Bons Bois

Bon Bois’s eaux-de-vie are characterized by their diversity under the strong influence of the maritime climate on one side and the continental one on the other! In terms of aromas, the fruit is dominant.

To guarantee the Meukow style, our master cellar Anne Sarteaux, mainly uses Cognacs from Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne for the richness and complexity of their floral notes, as well as Fins Bois, Bons Bois and Borderies for their fruity aromas and woody touches that bring a perfect balance to the blend.

Bois Ordinaires ou Bois à Terroirs

This cru is mainly found on the Atlantic coast and is known for its fruity aromas.

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