THE REWARD OF PATIENCE
Few ventures are more firmly in the debt of previous generations than Cognac distilleries. Thanks to the foresight of François’ grandfather Edouard and father Jean-Paul, our stone warehouse holds aged stock dating back to the 1920s, and through our own hard work in recent years we have developed one of the largest stocks of organic Grande Champagne Cognac anywhere in the world.
We age our eau de vie in a combination of new and used Limousin French oak casks ranging in size from 200 to 400 liters, and the eau de vie always begins its maturation in a new cask to mellow the intensity of the fresh distillate. Every few months, we taste each eau de vie to gauge its progress and potentially transfer it to an older, less intense cask. As the spirit develops, we gradually add distilled water, slowly reducing the proof to bottling strength over years to allow its flavors to mellow, integrate, and intensify and produce a more balanced final product. This gentle, persistent work cannot be rushed, but it is one of the most rewarding aspects of our craft.
When it comes time to bottle a Cognac, François individually selects each cask for the cuvee to ensure a cohesive and harmonious final blend. Unlike the major brands, our Cognacs are the sole product of our land, and offer an undiluted expression of the Grande Champagne terroir. Every blending decision we make is guided by the principles of balance, intensity, elegance, and expressiveness.