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Review of Chateau Royal de Cognac - Maison de Cognac Otard

Chateau Royal de Cognac - Maison de Cognac Otard
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Small-Group Tour of Chateau and Maison de Cognac with Tasting in Cognac
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Owner description: Le Chateau Royal de Cognac is a 13th century historical monument and a French History Memorial. At the end of the 18th century, it was purchased by Baron Otard for the exceptional environment, temperature & humid conditions, perfect for ageing his eaux-de-vie. Let us tell you all about the history of France frorm the 13th to the 19th century, discover the splendid State Room where King Francis 1st hosted his guests. The Helmet Room, the Knight's entrance....learn why Baron Otard purchased the Chateau, discover the humid cellars in the depth of the Chateau, where the best eaux-de-vie are still ageing today...
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fantastic tour and tasting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

We had time to take one tour of a cognac house while we were in town and had trouble deciding which one to visit because they all seemed to offer similar tours. However, a friend told us that Otard was the one to pick because the building itself had a very interesting history. We were definitely steered in the right direction.
Our tour guide was very friendly and spoke good English. The tour started with some history about the chateau itself, which was informative and very interesting. We were able to see many parts of the chateau, including a room with centuries-old graffiti written by English prisoners. After touring the building, we learned about the cognac-making process. It was very interesting and completely kept our attention. At the end of the tour, we got to taste some Otard cognac. It was nice to have the tasting, especially after learning about how the cognac was made.
I would not advise planning anything particularly taxing following the tour because while in the cellars, the "angel's share" of evaporated cognac definitely gets into your system a little bit. All of us, especially the teenagers in our group, were very tired and had low-energy for the rest of the afternoon. Overall, the English tour of Otard was informative, interesting, and filled with fascinating history.

Visited July 2013
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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Lovely chateau plus the cognac”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013

Love doing the tour around the Chateau Otard as you learn historical facts; learn about the building and of course the cognac! We have done the tour several times over the years and they do update some of it so always learn something new.
Good value for money; parking by the river or in town - the centre is a 10 minute stroll away.

Visited August 2013
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Cheddar, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful little Chateau steeped in history with Cognac too!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2012

This beautiful little Chateau was the birthplace of King Francois 1 of France and the tour gives you a basic knowledge of the Cognac making process too.

You get to see the main body of the Chateau and then the cellars where there is graffitti from prisoners dated back to the 1800's but is now where the Eau de Vie is created and mixed for the Cognacs.

Then you get a free taster of the VSOP and the XO Gold.

One word of caution - check the prices that you can get on the ferry on the way, if you are travelling that way, before buying here as it is either the same or sometimes you can get a cheap deal (we had already bought a bottle of the VSOP for £30 on the ferry and it was still £40 in the shop!)

Visited September 2012
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Palm Springs, California, United States
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“Tour in English of Otard”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

I took one of the tours conducted in English at Otard. A stop at the tourist information center in Cognac will help find out times and places where tours are in English. We headed to Otard after a stop at the Musee des Arts for the tour. Otard is in a very old Chateau purchased by Baron Otard. The tour was informative and at the end each participant is given a bit of Cognac to taste.

Visited July 2012
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“The History of Cognac”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2012

Otard is one of the older Cognac Houses and therefore one can expect a bit of history in the tour. Like the story of one of the owners who decided that he wanted to clean the buildings up only to discover the went black again because he was unaware that the balck was a mildew created by his Cognac.

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