The postcard shows the distillery of Bisquit Cognac. The House of Bisquit was founded in 1819 by Alexandre Bisquit at Château de Lignères but, in the way of so many things, it was sold to a bigger business, Ricard Pernod in 1966, who only two years ago sold it on to a South African company, Distell. Once it was one of the biggest vineyards in the Cognac area.
After double distilling the wine produced by the local white grapes, the eau-de-vie is put into oak casks and left to age in cellars for at least two and a half years and up to 15 or 20 years. The ageing gives the brandy flavour and colour. During this time the alcohol content evaporates at a rate of about 2% a year. This is called the angel's share. It has to be topped up with eau-de-vie from the same source. The loss of alcohol is associated with the growth of a fungus which gives the barrels and cellars a characteristic sooty appearance.
Both these cards come from the same person, Nick, during 1982, and both addressed to the same family in England. The first in July says how much he enjoyed seeing them and hoping to see them again in September. The second, dated October , says he'd had a good trip back and will contact them next time. Obviously someone who travelled frequently between England and Cognac, but I wonder why?
A post for Sepia Saturday