Wet staves of new barrique casks being heated over an open flame to aid lamination (bending). Courvoisier cognac cooperage - authors own image.

Understanding Maturation - Part Know Your Casks

Common French oak forests for spirit cooperage [authors own image made with freevectormaps.com]

Common French oak forests for spirit cooperage [authors own image made with freevectormaps.com]

New 'green' oak log arriving into a Courvoisier cognac  mill

New 'green' oak log arriving into a Courvoisier cognac mill

Spiders in the window of an old cognac maturation warehouse - c/o cognac.com

Understanding Maturation - Part Devil's in the Detail

The phylloxera aphid captured as per it's reputation as consuming only the finest of grape stock. Punch c.1890 - Wiki Commons

A cartoon from Punch from The phylloxera, a true gourmet, finds out the best vineyards and attaches itself to the best


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