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Bernard Lavenat

Bernard Lavenat

As one of the lesser-known on the Cognac radar, Maison Lavenat is a brand that remains offline. So without being able to rely on the trusty investigative tools of the world wide web, we visited the Lavenat estate in Bassac and talked to Bernard, his son and his grandson to discover more about the brand and the good-humoured man behind it in particular.

My wife is always asking me when I’ll retire…to which I respond I’m not working, it shouldn’t be classed as work if you love what you do in life.

Bernard's Cognacs: 30, 50 and 60 Years old

With 3 different cellars brimming with very old Cognacs, we soon discovered from the get-go that Bernard’s estate is a force to be reckoned with. He did admit, however, that he has now sold all of his vines, and completed his final distillation on-site back in 2007. So with production slowing down, due to his looming retirement – it seems like we turned up at just the right time. In fact, when we showed up for a surprise visit, it just so happened to be his 77th birthday!

Meet Bernard Lavenat

At the forefront of Lavenat is 77-year old Benard, the 6th generation to take the ropes of the family business. Starting out young, Bernard has been captivated by the world of Cognac since he was a little boy. With so much passion and experience behind him, Bernard remains very well connected with the region, priding himself on offering the very best quality products possible and cheerful service with a smile.

While many won’t have had the privilege of meeting Bernard as he spends much of his time on his estate in Bassac, those that have, can confirm he is a humorous character, who loves to laugh and spread good cheer wherever he goes.

Over the years Bernard’s products have been sold in independent boutiques as well as annual wine salon events to discerning connoisseurs alike.

For Bernard there are 3 fundamentals components to consider when it comes to Cognac:

  • Quality of the product
  • Cheerful service
  • A price to match the quality and service

With the production of high quality products Bernard’s driving force behind the brand, his values for the importance of decent human interaction are also clear as he takes pride in offering a high level customer service and ultimate customer satisfaction.

Through living a life of passion, providing a quality service comes naturally to Bernard, as his jovial personality is in keeping with the joy and passion found for his love of Cognac.

My wife is always asking me when I’ll retire…to which I respond I’m not working, it shouldn’t be classed as work if you love what you do in life.

At home on the estate, Bernard’s wife Marie Joseph also helps out with administrative duties, meanwhile, there is talk that his grandson may jump on board with the family business to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps in the future.

What does Bernard do when he’s not devoting his life to Cognac, may you ask? Every year he takes a vacation to a small village in the south of Dresden as a business partner who he became great friends lives there. He’s also enthusiastic about German cars, he drives a Porsche and BMW – one of which features cool Cognac coloured interiors (of course!).

Bernard Lavenat Cognacs: 30, 50 and 60 Years Old

Bernard Lavenat Très Vieux

Cognac Age: avg. 60 years old

Growth Area: Fins Bois

Natural: No coloring, no boisé, no additives

ABV: 40 %

Bottle size: 70 cl

$ 436
excl. TAX excl. shipping

Bernard Lavenat Vieille Réserve

Cognac Age: avg. 50 years old

Growth Area: Fins Bois

Natural: No coloring, no boisé, no additives

ABV: 40 %

Bottle size: 70 cl

$ 243
excl. TAX excl. shipping

Bernard Lavenat XO

Cognac Age: avg. 30 years old

Growth Area: Fins Bois

Natural: No coloring, no boisé, no additives

ABV: 40 %

Bottle size: 70 cl

$ 123
excl. TAX excl. shipping
  • Located in Bassac
  • Bernard is 77 years old
  • Final distillation on-site back in 2007
  • All natural: no coloring, no boisé, no additifs
  • Cognacs are limited in quantity
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