The BNIC (BNIC Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac) has recently announced that the classification for XO Cognac is set to change on April 1, 2018.
What does this mean?
This means that the youngest eau-de-vie included in a blended Cognac labelled XO* must be aged in barrels for at least 10 years, instead of the 6 years previously required.
A statement from BNIC recently explained that: “The new measure aims align the regulation and the market reality, and also to extend the quality positioning of XO (XO covering ‘Out of Age’, ‘Extra’, ‘Ancestral’, ‘Gold’ and ‘Imperial’ designations as well).”
The change was first raised back in 2011 and the interim has been to allow brands to adapt to the change, although the BNIC also noted that many were already using 10-year-old eaux-de-vie for their XOs.
If a producer has not sold through its stocks of younger XO, any spirits classified as XO bottled by 31 March (though not yet shipped) that contain spirit of six, seven, eight or nine years will be allowed to be sold until March 31, 2019. Producers wishing to take advantage of this however will have to make a declaration to the BNIC.
The designation of ‘Napoleon’ Cognac will remain unchanged with the minimum required age of the spirit used being six years.
Moët & Chandon has been the champagne of choice for the Golden Globes for over twenty-five years. In celebration of the award show’s 75th anniversary, Moet has joined up with actress Jamie Chung to create “Moët 75”, the official cocktail for 2018.
Made with fresh blood orange juice, the Moët 75 is bright and fruity, and packs a small punch with a touch of Volcan de mi Tierra—LVMH’s first tequila which was launched in 2017.
If you plan to have your own little soiree the night of the Globes, here’s how you can make the cocktail at home.
The Moët 75
4 oz. Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut champagne
1 oz. Volcan de mi Tierra tequila
2 oz. fresh blood orange juice
1 oz. honey
Shake tequila, fresh blood orange juice, and honey into a cocktail shaker and mix until honey is dissolved. Pour mixture into a modern tulip glass. Gently pour chilled champagne. Serve straight up and garnish with a candied blood orange or fresh blood orange slice.
The Golden Globes 2018
Champagne By The Numbers
1,500 Moët minis
500 champagne cocktails
125 cases of 2006 Grand Vintage Brut
Moët & Chandon will be on the red carpet with their “Toast for a Cause” initiative, in which A-listers raise a toast with one of the brand’s miniature bottles in support of their favorite charities, which will receive a $1,000 donation.