Bulk brandy and cognac
Your cognac, brandy and wine distillate specialist
SALCO is your reliable supplier of high-quality bulk brandy and bulk cognac. SALCO sells in bulk various ages and price levels of cognac, high-quality brandy and wine distillates that we have produced ourselves or in close cooperation with our sister company Distillerie de la Tour, the biggest brand-independent producer in the world-famous Cognac region.
Our additional partnerships in key wine-growing countries in Europe and the new world mean we are able to produce precise, customized blends. In principle (almost) any recipe is possible. Our specialists love a challenge! Why not contact us now?
Production and storage of all ages and quality standards
One of Europe’s biggest stocks of wooden barrels, barriques and tanks ensures expert maturation of distillates of all ages and qualities. We sell brandy and cognac in bulk quantities from 1,000 litres up.
Our range of brandies and cognacs in bulk:
- Brandy and wine distillates at various price levels
- Brandy and wine distillates from various countries (e.g. EU, France, Spain, Italy)
- Brandies of various ages
- Pot still brandy
- Single grape brandy
- Cognac VS, VSOP and XO
- Armagnac VS, VSOP and XO
SALCO – Your powerful partner for quality alcohol
Salco is your experienced spirits and ethanol supplier, in business since 1976. You, too, can benefit from our extensive know-how, reliability and dedication to premium quality. We offer you a comprehensive assortment of high-quality bulk cognac and exquisite bulk brandy. Contact us today and learn more about our range. We’d be happy to advise you personally and prepare a tailored quotation.
Frequently asked questions concerning brandy and cognac
What is brandy?
Brandy is one of the oldest spirits in the world. More than 1,000 years ago high-proof alcoholic drinks were distilled from wine in the area of present-day Turkey, and brandy spread across Europe from the High Middle Ages.
How do we produce our brandy?
During the production process wine is distilled in a column or pot still and the resulting wine distillate then has to mature in oak barrels for at least six months. If the oak container’s capacity exceeds 1,000 litres, a maturation period of at least 12 months is required. Brandy’s minimum alcohol content is 36%. Neither neutral alcohol or flavors may be added. The only additive permitted is food-grade caramel to adjust the colour.
* Some different legal regulations apply to brandy outside Europe.
World-famous, high-quality brandies are produced in south-west France:
- Cognac (protected designation of origin) originates exclusively from wine-growing areas in the French départements of Charente and Charente-Maritime. Cognac is distilled by a two-stage process in a pot-still (known as an alembic Charentais) and then matures in an oak barrel for at least two years. Our bulk cognac is available as VS, VSOP and XO.
- Armagnac (protected designation of origin) originates exclusively from the wine-growing areas in the French départements of Gers, Landes and Lot-et-Garonne. Armagnac is distilled using a single-stage process in small distillation columns and then matures for at least one year in an oak barrel. Our bulk Armagnac is available as VS, VSOP and XO quality.
What do the abbreviations VS, VSOP and XO mean for cognac?
- VS stands for “Very Special” or “Very Superior”, which relates to products that have matured in oak barrels for at least two years.
- VSOP means “Very Superior Old Pale” or “Very Special Old Pale”. This abbreviation identifies cognac that has matured in oak barrels for at least four years.
- XO stands for “Extra Old”, which is cognac that has to mature for at least ten years.
What is the difference between brandy and cognac?
The main difference lies in where it comes from and specific production regulations. Cognac is a special type of brandy. In order to be designated cognac certain rules must be adhered to during production.
- Origin: cognac must be produced in a defined region in and around Cognac in France.
- Grape varieties: cognac mainly uses the Ugni Blanc grape variety. Other permitted varieties are Folle Blanche and Colombard.
- Distillation: cognac has to be distilled twice in traditional copper stills.
- Maturation: cognac has to mature in oak barrels from the Limousin- or Tronçais-regions. The minimum maturation time varies depending on the quality (VS, VSOP and XO).