History of Bernard Begaud Cognac
The story began in 1895 when Bernard Begaud’s Grandfather began to farm the vines that surrounded the family home. Creating eaux-de-vie from the 16 hectares of land became both a trade and a vocation – with grapes being picked by hand and the whole production process worked on and watched over with significant attention to detail.
These strong work and wine making ethics were handed on to Peter Gabriel, the father of the current owner, who in turn instilled them into his son. Gradually the range of Bernard Begaud Cognac began to increase, and in time Peter handed the reins of the family business to his successor.
Cognac Bernard Begaud Today
Today Cognac Bernard Begaud keeps firmly to the artisan and traditional wine making methods of old. The grapes are still picked by hand, and no nitrogen fertilizers are used on the land. This ensures both the purity of quality and respect for the health of their consumers. Every aspect of the cognac making process takes place in-house, including hand filling and hand labelling of each individual bottle.
Sales of the product take place direct to the consumer. This is done via artisan markets and trade stands, as well as customers visiting the vineyard and shop in person. Bernard and Chantel have also taken advantage of the internet, and it’s now possible to purchase their products online as well.
Around 10 years ago they also began to create a small range of wines to compliment the cognacs already on sale. To this end, 20 per cent of the vines are now planted with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Colombard, Semillion and Montils grapes, as well as the staple Ugni Blanc that makes up the majority of the vineyard.
News, Products and Prices
Cognac Bernard Begaud produces cognacs ranging from a young five years in age up to 40 years and older. The youngest in the range is the Special Tonic Bernard Begaud Cognac.
Their flagship products are the Bernard Begaud Prince Noir Cognac and the Bernard Begaud Instant Rare Cognac.
Prices for Cognac Bernard Begaud range from €20 through to around €84 per bottle.
Other products available to purchase from Bernard Begaud include a range of cognac liqueurs, Pineau des Charentes, white, red and rose wines and farm produced ‘jus de raisin.’
Visit Bernard Begaud Cognac
It is possible to visit the estate of Bernard Begaud Cognac, however there are no opening times available on their website. We suggest you utilize the contact form on the Bernard Begaud website to request opening days and hours before you plan your visit.