History of Cognac Normandin-Mercier
With a history spanning back over 100 years, the house of J Normandin-Mercier has always produced eaux-de-vie from only two of the cognac growing regions; Grande and Petite Champagne. Creating their wares with a 'quality over quantity’ philosophy, the family Normandin has passed their chateau and business down through the generations.
The site of Chateau de la Peraudiere was carefully considered back in the 19th century and was a strategic location aimed directly at the production of superior quality cognac and ease of distribution. Close to the town of La Rochelle, not only is it close to the sea, but also to the rail networks. The town was the major exportation centre of cognac at that time. In addition, the climate in this area lent itself extremely favourable to the distillation and aging process of the cognacs that filled the chateau’s cellars.
Normandin Mercier Cognac Today
Normandin Mercier Cognac today is still firmly a family run affair. Using the knowledge and expertise passed down to them over the decades, Edouard, Jean-Marie and Audrey Normandin continue to produce cognacs in exactly the same methods as their ancestors. With this firmly in mind, the estate of Cognac J Normandin-Mercier remains to this day a chateau which welcomes visitors and provides them with a personal experience of today’s cognac making industry.
News, Products and Prices
Producing a range of cognacs from a VSOP upwards, Cognac Normandin-Mercier offers eaux-de-vie to suit every palate and pocket. The J Normandin Mercier XO cognac can be purchased for around €100 per bottle, whereas the J Normandin Mercier Tres Vielle Grande Champagne cognac, which uses blends dating back to the beginning of the 1900s, is, of course, a little heavier on the wallet.
The house also offers both a red and a rosé Pineau des Charentes, along with an Extra Old Pineau that uses cognacs dating back throughout the 20th century.
Visit Cognac Normandin-Mercier
Chateau de la Peraudiere, where Cognac Normandin-Mercier is based, welcomes visits from the public all year round. Enjoy a tour that will introduce you to the intricacies of wine making, distilling, aging and blending. Visit the cellars and round off your tour with a Cognac and Pineau tasting session. The chateau is open for visits from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. It is advisable to contact the chateau before your planned visit.
Group visits are also available, although these need to be arranged in advance. Visits can be conducted in French, English and Spanish and last for approximately an hour and a half. The cost is €4 per person.