Since 1863, five generations of the Camus family have cultivated a single-minded passion for crafting great Cognac with their own style. Laid across 180 hectares in the smallest and rarest AOC cru - the Borderies - the Camus family has always been deeply involved in winemaking and distilling. It is this unbreakable bond between the land, the traditions and the people who live on it that helps them craft superb Cognacs. Today, it is Cyril Camus who is the bearer of all family tradition and oversees the undisputed quality of Camus Cognac. Export development and product development remain at the top, with a passion for innovation. Cyril Camus has entirely modernized the Cognac house’s interiors, relying on a fresh new take on Cognac for the new century. Instead of leather, wood and velvet in shades of brown, he opts for light colors and a combination of tradition and modern design.
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Camus Elegance range is a bold illustration of the House of Camus’ living tradition with Cognacs that truly respect the original character of the eaux-de-vie and are remarkable for the finesse of their blends.
In 2000, the House premiered with the first-ever 100% Borderies XO Cognac. A solid success, it was to become the Camus signature release, offering an outstanding combination of violet and vanilla spice aromas of intense velvety smoothness.
In its ongoing search to explore the diverse regions of the Cognac appellation, Camus became the first Cognac House to capture the unique marine notes of the Ile de Ré vineyards. Raised and aged on the island, Camus Ile de Ré Cognacs typically offer fresh iodine notes with hints of dried fruit with archetypal mellow softness. Produced in limited quantities, they offer a rich and unique taste experience.
The Instant of Intesity series uses eaux-de-vie uniquely distilled with the ‘intensity’ method at House of Camus, where they select the most aromatic litres of the heads during the second distillation. After being distilled on the lees, the eaux-de-vie are then aged in small fine-grained French oak barrels to amplify their aromas. The result is a range of exceptionally flavorful Cognacs, thanks to an unusually high concentration of esters.
Camus also proposes a Masterpiece collection of rare, limited cuvées, each consisting of a unique, exceptional blend presented in spectacular cases as well as Rarissimes vintages of most extraordinary Cognacs - certified under bailiff’s supervision and bottled without reduction, allowing them to express the full strength of their character.
History of Camus
In 1863 Jean-Baptiste Camus founded a collective of producers to create the highest-quality Cognac, called ‘La Grande Marque’. As development was very positive and business was flourishing, Jean-Baptiste decided to buy out his partners and establish his own independent Cognac house, which he named Camus La Grande Marque. After his death, his two songs Edmond and Gaston Camus took over the running of the company in 1894. Edmond then acted as Cellar Master while the younger brother Gaston looked after the export business. Gaston’s travels brought great success; he even received an order from the Court of the last Tsar of Russia, Nicolas II, to supply them with fine spirits.
Following the two brothers was Michel Camus, yet another clever business mind. He attacked the international market even more aggressively, seeing a huge potential in the growing duty-free market. Michel approached the American group Duty Free and got a deal with them in the early 1960s, delivering a variety of products, including luxury decanters made from Limoges porcelain and Baccarat Crystal. In 1977, his son Jean-Paul Camus joined the company as Master Blender. Jean-Paul furthered the duty-free business that his father introduced to the Asia-Pacific region, notably to Japan and Korea, firmly establishing Camus as one of the five leading Cognac houses at the time.
Today, it is Cyril Camus who is the bearer of all family tradition and oversees the undisputed quality of Camus Cognac. Export development and product development remain at the top, with a passion for innovation. Cyril Camus has entirely modernized the Cognac house’s interiors, relying on a fresh new take on Cognac for the new century. Instead of leather, wood and velvet in shades of brown, he opts for light colors and a combination of tradition and modern design.
The business strategy of the modern Maison Camus is that of diversification, leading them into the future of Cognac. Embracing the strengths of tradition, they also remain at the forefront of science to reach new levels of intensity in aroma and flavor.
Personal tours are given to visitors from all around the world to show them another, more vibrant side to Cognac. You can choose either from a traditional guided tour to an innovative introduction to master blending or cooking course with Cognac as the special ingredient.
Visits are open to the public all year round. Contact Camus for opening hours and reservations.