Cognac Grand Breuil is a brand that is part of the Tessendier group. This age old cognac company has a past dating back to the year 1880, when a mathematics teacher by the name of Gaston Tessendier inherited a cognac vineyard. Enthralled by his new acquisition, Gaston decided to tend the vines in his spare time. But over the years this became less of a hobby, and more of a passion. The defining moment came when Gaston created his first distillery and began to produce his own wine and cognacs. Thus the legend of Tessendier was born.
Grand Breuil Cognac is one of the brands produced under the Tessendier label. Today, Tessendier is still a family owned firm – ably managed by the fourth generation of the descendants of Gaston Tessendier. Tessendier is one of the largest bulk negotiators of cognacs in the region, and supplies many of the region’s cognac houses with their raw eaux-de-vie.
The brand of Grand Breuil Cognac was created in 2005, when Tessendier decided to create their own cognacs as well as sell to other cognac houses. Jerome Tessendier, the current owner, wanted the company to diversify and hence developed six brands, of which Cognac Grand Breuil was one. Originally targeted to the Eastern European market, Cognac Grand Breuil is now becoming more well known in China, the USA, Brazil and Western Europe as well.
Boasting a good range, from a VS through to an XO, the idea behind Cognac Grand Breuil is to produce cognacs that are accessible to all, but remain true to the tradition of the region and to be enjoyed by all type of cognac drinkers.
The crown of the Cognac Grand Breuil range is the Grand Breuil XO. Presented in a beautiful decanter, this traditionally produced cognac is made from blends aging more than 30 years of age and costs around €110 euros per bottle.
The youngest of the range is the Grand Breuil VS, a cognac produced from grapes grown in the Fins Bois terroir. This entry level cognac can be purchased for around €30 a bottle.