History of Cognac Menuet
The first vineyard in the area of Cognac owned by the Menuet family was in the year 1680. However, it wasn’t until much later, in the mid-1800s, that the family began to purchase further vines. Louis Menuet, the owner of the house at that time, made it his goal to purchase only land in the Grande Champagne region - so that Menuet’s cognacs would be produced solely from this area.
It was the year 1909 that saw the region of Cognac officially organised into viticultural areas, with the area of Grande Champagne being considered the ‘premier cru’ of the region, the prime growing area. Louis Menuet’s vision was simply to produce the finest of cognacs in a limited quantity, and to sell it to only the most discerning of customers.
The first official recognition of Menuet Cognac came in the year 1900, at the Universal Exhibition in Paris, when Louis Menuet’s grandson, Ernest Menuet, who by that time was heading the cognac house, was awarded a gold medal for Menuet eaux-de-vie. Since that time the house has continued to be handed down through the family, and today – six generations later – Cognac Menuet is still a traditionally run, family company.
Menuet Cognac Today
Today Menuet Cognac is run in very much the same fashion as it was over a century ago. Their philosophy remains true to that of its founder, and they only sell Grande Champagne cognac and very old Grande Champagne cognac. All of their eaux-de-vies are produced in strictly limited amounts and are sold to exclusive establishments, such as restaurants, clubs and gift shops.
70% of Cognac Menuet is sold abroad, with the remaining 30% in France. Along with selling to businesses, Cognac Menuet also sells some of its cognacs to private customers.
News, Products and Prices
The youngest cognac sold in the Menuet range is the Menuet Cognac de Grande Champagne VSOP. This premier cru blend can be purchased for around €35 for a small 35 cl bottle.
Menuet also producea an XO, a Menuet Extra Grande Champagne along with the Cognac Menuet Hors d’Age Grande Champagne. This is a blend of cognacs that are all at least 50 years of age.
In 1993, the Cognac Menuet XO Grande Champagne was awarded the silver award, and in the same year it won the gold medal at the London Wine and Spirit Competition.
In 1996, at the World Spirit Championships USA held in Chicago, the Menuet Cognac VSOP was awarded the silver medal and the XO the gold.
Cognac Menuet also produce a white Pineau des Charentes.
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