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DEAU Cognac

DEAU Cognac

With a history stretching all the way back to the 17th century, more than 300 years ago, the house of Deau is a true treasure among the artisanal producers of Cognac. Originally the brand grew and distilled all of its eaux-de-vie to be sold to other Cognac houses, however in more recent years, DEAU began producing under its own name. In honour of its family history and traditions, the brand is now making its mark on the Cognac industry with its own personal style and contemporary flair. All of DEAU’s Cognacs combine the mastership of aging and blending with luxurious and sophisticated design. This is the perfect gift for Cognac lovers, especially those with a soft spot for beautiful bottles.

Visit DEAU: Les Moisans ,16440 Sireuil ,+33 (0)545905545 ,For visits to the estate and the museum, contact DEAU for opening hours. Other products by DEAU: Pineau des Charentes

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A Deep Dive into the World of Deau

Max has met Roland

Roland Legaret, represents the latest and 4th generation of the Cognac house DEAU. Together with the current cellar master Christophe Gauville, they have made it their mission to uphold the legacy of their expertise to create haute couture Cognacs. Everything from winemaking, distilling and blending is carefully executed by hand on site in Sereuil. The house is not afraid to be itself and stay unique in what the Cognac world has to offer. This is reflected by the constant will to enhance its range of Cognacs.

Cognac is a family affair for us and we are proud to introduce you to a world where the beautiful, the exceptional and the unique come together.

With a clear vision of creating products outside from the typical range, DEAU knows how to refine the process of creative and modern craftsmanship. We sat down for a chat with Roland who kindly invited us to gain an insight into his world and the work of Maison DEAU.

A griffin, the logo of DEAU, decorates each single bottle of the wide assortment, and is also a symbol to guard and protect the treasures of the house: more than 2000 barrels of eaux-de-vie that rest in its cellar.

While DEAU is well aware of the changing climate conditions in the region, it does its part in finding a solution and preserving alluvial woodlands and generating an increase of biodiversity.

In doing so, its products can be cultivated in sustainable conditions, that in turn, give back to the land and focus on protecting the surrounding wildlife.

History

The DEAU story began in 1685, during the reign of King Louis XIV, when Louis Deau set himself up as a winegrower in Charente and soon discovered the mythical alchemy of stills. From then on, the Bru Legaret family has owned and operated the wine estate in the village of “Aux Moisans” deep in the heart of the Fins Bois cru of the Cognac region. For several generations, the family values and traditions have remained humble and today, Véronique Bru Legaret and her son Roland Legaret are responsible for the their family heritage and importantly protecting the proud identity of Maison DEAU as a valued brand in Cognac.

What Roland really thinks about Cognac cocktails:

While some Cognac drinkers value tradition and favor sipping their favorite Cognacs the classic way: neat or on the rocks – Roland remains open minded and welcomes modern ways of enjoying his treasured eaux-de-vie.

Habits of consuming a Cognac are evolving and we need to understand them and adapts to what our clientele seeks. We believe that customers' enjoyment matters most, many of which appreciate mixed and cocktails drinks.

One of Rolands own cocktail recipes is the ‘Cognac Mule’. Simple yet delicious – it combines your choice of a young DEAU Cognac (VS or VSOP) instead of rum which is traditionally used to make a ‘Moscow Mule’. It is a greate alternative to an old classic cocktail and serves as a really refreshing summer drink. Why not try your hand at rustling it up at home?

Ingredients:

  • 5cl of DEAU Cognac (VS or VSOP if possible)
  • 10 cl of ginger beer
  • the juice of half a lime
  • 4 ice cubes

Method: Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker until mixed, then pour over ice into a tumbler glass ready to be served.

A lasting impression

Every connoisseur has at least one tasting experience that will always stay with them and we loved Roland’s response when he reflected on a particular turning point during his career in Cognac:

One experience that really left a mark on me, was when I did my first internship at the Distillerie de Moisans at the age of 15, when I worked with our cellar master of the time: Philippe Fillon. We were doing inventory of old barrels and I had the chance to taste a Grande Champagne from the 1950’s – directly from the barrel. It was the first time I experienced the magic of tasting a Cognac in the dim light of an ancient cellar. The twilight, the smell of oak – and the atmosphere of such a mystic moment still gives me goosebumps.

Although a vintage Cognac from the 1950’s may have been one of his first and most significant tasting memories, if he were to be stranded on a desert island and only allowed one book and one Cognac – Roland divulges:

I would bring a bottle of DEAU Cognac Louis Memory and a copy of ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ by Ernest Hemingway.

The future of DEAU

The house of DEAU is constantly aiming to better itself, so it goes without saying that Roland and cellar master Christophe work in harmony to not only remain humble to their roots and unique identity in Cognac, but they are also constantly striving to enhance their range of Cognacs on order to produce bottles that go beyond the minimum standards.

When asked what the future holds for DEAU, Roland explains:

We will pursue our philosophy of seeking excellence and creating unique Cognacs. Our vision is to continue as a family owned business, and therefore remain completely independent. Our philosophy to remain proud as an independent Cognac House epitomizes the ‘all good things come in small packages’ mentality and we will continue to pursue our future in this way.

This is further supported by Roland’s honest response when we asked him to disclose his favorite DEAU Cognac:

This is a difficult question to answer as I enjoy all our Cognacs - and there is one to match different drinkability occasions. So I would say the next Cognac to be released, as we are always aiming to produce even better than before.

On that note, cheers to remaining true to ourselves and always striving to be better!

The history of France through

the lens of Deau Vintages

Dig deep into the past of the Deau family history with Maison Deau’s collection of Vintage Cognacs. Rooted in the land and its vines, the house of Deau intertwines tradition with vine cultivating values, in order to produce quality Cognac offering its own story to tell. Unveiling decades of pure passion, patience and expertise, explore the range which covers Cognac’s four main growth areas and mineral rich soils. From the perfect conditions provided by the Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Fins Bois and Bons Bois, to the magic of the maturation processes, Deau’s Vintage Cognac Collection is a fine representation of the power of nature and its bountiful ability to provide for us.

Our picks

Reason for choosing: Deau Vintage 1970 Petite Champagne

For its spectacular aromatic complexity and finesse, resultant of a lengthy maturation that saw the eaux-de-vie rest in Limosin oak barrels over several generations.

Reason for choosing: Deau Vintage 2001 Grande Champagne

For its elegant and well-rounded, mellow fruitfulness, characterized by the premier cru.

1970s

Aged for generations in Limousin oak barrels - the eau-de-vie rests in the Deau cellars for decades, where the nearby Charente River provides cool moisture to the atmosphere. A slow aging process is ensured, with the result producing a beautifully round Cognac that reveals great aromatic complexity and finesse. Bottled straight from the cask, this 1970 Vintage is part of the Millesime Vintage collection.

Economically difficult decade with general strikes

1980s

Aged for generations in Limousin oak barrels, the eau-de-vie rests in the Deau cellars for decades, where the nearby Charente River provides cool moisture to the atmosphere. A slow aging process is ensured, with the result producing a highly individual Cognac with a distinctly unique flavor.

Presidency of François Mitterrand

Aged for generations in Limousin oak barrels, the eau-de-vie rests in the Deau cellars for decades, where the nearby Charente River provides cool moisture to the atmosphere. A slow aging process is ensured, with the result producing a beautiful tasting Cognac that reveals a combination of aromas including white mushrooms, wet leaves and saddle leather.

1990s

Available in very small quantities, this Cognac is aged for generations in Limousin oak barrels. The eau-de-vie rests in the Deau cellars for decades, where the nearby Charente River provides cool moisture to the atmosphere. A slow aging process is ensured, with the result producing a stunning vintage rich in sweet aroma. 

Decade of Sports

France becomes World Champion (1998)

Exclusively available in very small quantities, this Cognac is aged for generations in Limousin oak barrels. The eau-de-vie rests in the Deau cellars for decades, where the nearby Charente River provides cool moisture to the atmosphere. A slow aging process is ensured, with the result producing a rich and flavorful expression that leaves a lasting impression.

Exclusively available in very small quantities, this Cognac is aged for generations in Limousin oak barrels. The eau-de-vie rests in the Deau cellars for decades, where the nearby Charente River provides cool moisture to the atmosphere. A slow aging process is ensured, with the result producing a warm and spicy, rather festive tasting Cognac.

France becomes European Champion (2000)

The Bons Bois terroir is characterized by its maritime climate and clay soils, producing distinguished fruity aromas, remaining true to the grape varieties used in its production. Showing aromatic spice notes and lingering sweetness, this is a bottle that has incredible wide-ranging appeal.

Deau Vintage 1999 Fins Bois Cognac

$ 292
700ml / 40%
N.B. These products can be shipped together with all other products from Cognac Moisans, Deau, and Roland Bru. Deau Vintage 1999 Fins Bois Cognac: Chocolate Orange Delight Rich and decadent, the Deau Vintage 1999 Fins Bois Cognac perfectly expresses the quality of this underrated terroir. The soil of the rather large Fins Bois growing area contains...
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2000

The Bons Bois terroir is characterized by its maritime climate and clay soils, producing distinguished fruity aromas with wonderful depth. Expressing a range of rich dessert notes, this is a vintage with plenty of character - perfect as an after-dinner treat. Like all vintage Cognacs, this is made with eaux-de-vie from a single year.

Cognac is exported to over 150 countries - a synonym of great quality, a symbol of France, and her lifestyle

With its luscious hints of dried fruits and roasted nuts, this is a Cognac that lingers on the palate and brings new sensations with every sip. Like all vintage Cognacs, this is made with eaux-de-vie from a single year. This limited edition has been matured and bottled with nothing added or taken away.

Why Deau Cognac?

DEAU’s history can be traced back to the 17th century, when a young Louis Deau settled in the region of Cognac. It was here that the wine grower discovered the magical alchemy of the pot still and learnt the secrets of using this instrument to distill wine into Cognac. It might be hard to believe, given this century-old history, but DEAU has only recently started producing Cognac under its own label, previously selling their eaux-de-vie to other major players in the industry. Veronique Bru Legaret successfully turned the family brand into one of the coolest products on the market while still paying tribute to family traditions. We love their level of commitment and vision to make Cognac a contemporary spirit.

300 Years of Experience

DEAU’s estate and vineyard are located on the Domaine de Chaillaud in the Charente region in France. With over 300 years of experience in blending Cognac, Cognac DEAU is a jewel among today’s Cognac producers. The quality of their three flagship Cognacs, DEAU XO, DEAU Black, and DEAU Louis Memory will really overwhelm you. Its long-standing heritage coupled with an amazing sense for design make DEAU a unique Cognac brand.

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