The Vineyard

The Power of Grande Champagne Terroir

Our 25-hectare vineyard is located in the Grande Champagne cru of Charente, long recognized as the finest and most desirable terroir in the world for making Cognac.  Like the state famous for Champagne wine, our cru takes its name from a Latin word that refers to white, chalky soil, a characteristic shared by both regions.

We grow three different grapes for distillation: Ugni Blanc, Colombard, and Folle Blanche. While recognized for adding complexity and finesse to Cognac, Colombard and Folle Blanche are now rare in the region because they are challenging to grow.  We also cultivate several noble Bordeaux varieties for wine, including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc, as well as Chardonnay, a grape that originated in Burgundy and loves our mineral-rich, chalky soil.


François at work in the vineyard, with the family donkey for company…

In 2006, we began transitioning our vineyards to organic management, which is still very uncommon in our region. About 8% of French vineyards are certified organic, but in Cognac, just 1% of vineyard land is cultivated this way. By 2014, all of the land we farm became certified organic, and we now manage one of the largest stocks of organic Grande Champagne Cognac.

We decided to go organic because our family lives, works, and plays among the vines, and because we believe organic cultivation helps us better exemplify the unmediated terroir of Grande Champagne, which can be seen in the perfumed, fruity flavor and persistent length of our Grande Champagne Cognacs.