History of Cognac Maxime Trijol
The Trijol family set up their estate in Saint-Martial-sur-Né in the mid-1800s, and the first pot still was installed in 1859. The house of Maxime Trijol has remained a family run business, being passed down through five generations. 1954 saw the estate expand into becoming a professional spirit and cognac trading house, until it gained professional distiller status in 1962. This meant that not only could they produce cognac from their own vineyards, but could also purchase from other distillers as well.
The estate continued to expand over the years, installing more stills and producing more cognac. With the ability to buy wine and eaux-de-vie from all the six appellation areas of Cognac, they began producing a wider range of cognac.
Maxime Trijol Cognac Today
The estate of Maxime Trijol is run today by Jean-Jacques Trijol, and with twenty two 2,500 litre pot stills, it is one of the largest distilleries in the whole region. The small, close-knit team prides itself in producing cognac of the highest quality in the traditional methods that have been honed throughout the decades. Wines that are purchased from outside are carefully analysed and tasted before being passed of a good enough quality from which to distil their cognac. Only once a wine has been passed can the distillation production commence.
Jean-Jacques Trijol is also the cellar master, and it is under his close eye that each and every bottle of cognac is produced. Not a cognac leaves without being tested at every stage of production by both him and the other members of the team. The final products are shipped to a worldwide clientele, and Cognac Maxime Trijol bottles are all quality controlled and marked with batch numbers which allow traceability back to the exact barrel that the cognac came from.
At the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in New York City in 2011 Maxime Trijol XO Grande Champagne scored 93 points out of 100.
The estate’s cognacs have won many awards over the years. Maxime Trijol’s XO won the Imbibe's Club Elite in November 2008.
In 2005, the Elegance Grande Champagne and Extra Grande Champagne were both awarded gold medals at the London International Sprit Festival 2005. The XO Grande Champagne won a silver medal.
Maxime Trijol also produce two Pineau des Charentes – a blanc and a vieux blanc to complement their wide range of cognacs.
Visit Cognac Maxime Trijol
The estate of Maxime Trijol is pleased to welcome visits at all times of the year. Visits are by appointment only, so phone or email to arrange a mutually convenient time.
Wherever possible, the estate aims to have a family member around to be able to show you the delights of the cognac house. There is no charge to visit and you’ll also get the chance to taste a cognac or two.