Carters Tyres brand ambassador, former All Black and good friend of the REX show Richard Loe has been living it up in sunny France for the Rugby World Cup over the past couple of weeks.
Here he offers an insider's look into the deep heritage of Hennessy Cognac and the rugged world of rugby.
Loe's connection to the Cognac region in France allowed him to gain a unique understanding of the intricate cognac-making process, dating back to the 1700s. The Hennessy Cognac distillery, run by the same families for generations, holds a rich history that adds to the allure of their meticulously crafted spirits.
Loe walked us through the fascinating steps of the process, from the automated picking of the grapes to their processing within a 10-day window. This glimpse into the world of cognac crafting painted a vivid picture of tradition, precision, and dedication to quality.
Equally captivating was Loe's commentary on the robust world of rugby. Having played for the All Blacks, the legendary team that clinched the World Cup in 1987, Loe offered an authentic perspective on the sport. He expressed his thoughts on the dominance of the Northern Hemisphere's teams in the Rugby World Cup and shared his take on Tuilagi's controversial statement about the All Blacks being the most disliked team. Loe's candid discussions, grounded in his experiences, provided a captivating perspective on the sport's current landscape.
The adrenaline rush amplified as the conversation shifted towards the Rugby World Cup Quarter Finals. Loe, drawing from his deep understanding of the game, provided insightful predictions about the likely outcomes. His analyses of the All Blacks' performance against Ireland, and the possible victors of the Wales versus Argentina and England versus Fiji matches were thought-provoking. Loe also shed light on the highly anticipated face-off between France and South Africa.
One of the intriguing parts of the interview was when Loe spoke about his weekend plans to visit Castle Naudry. He discussed the impressive rugby history of the Spangaro brothers and their potential role in the French Federation. This segment highlighted the deep-seated rugby traditions and the significant contributions of individuals to the sport in France.
Loe's exploration into the world of Cognac and rugby is not just about understanding a distillation process or the dynamics of a game. It's about appreciating the richness of tradition, the passion of the players, and the artistry that goes into creating a fine spirit or winning a challenging match. His journey offers a fascinating insight into two seemingly different worlds that share common threads of heritage, craftsmanship, and a robust character.
In the end, the riveting discussion with Richard Loe was more than an interview; it was a captivating journey through time and across fields. It reminded us of the intricate artistry that goes into distilling fine cognac and the passion and determination that fuels the game of rugby. Loe's narratives served as an exciting exploration into the depths of these two rich histories, offering a captivating blend of culture, sport, and heritage.