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This study of cognac – written by an internationally recognized expert and leading authority on the subject – deals with the history of this spirit and the story behind the world-famous town of its origin. Nicholas Faith explores every aspect of cognac’s increasing prominence in today’s markets, unfolding the extraordinary story of fraud and how it contributed in providing the foundation for the system of control that now protects its manufacture and sale. Also featured in the book are detailed profiles of cognac’s key producers, a full account of the intricate production techniques used to make cognac, and a guide to drinking and enjoying the wide range of cognac makes and styles that are available around the world.