Headed by Daniel Bouillard, the history of Domaine du Puits Faucon Cognac can be traced back to the year 1865. Offering a small range of artisan produced cognacs, this is a house that many may not yet have heard of - but definitely one that should be sampled... The house ownes 33 hectares of sprawling vines that cover the neighboring towns of Burie and St Sulpice-de- Cognac.
Covering 25 hectares of Fins Bois vineyards, the estate of Domaine Grande Croix Mougne Cognac has a varied and interesting history that dates back over the centuries. The house prides itself on producing cognacs in the traditional manner, and in a way that interacts and is kind to the environment.
Boasting a history spanning four generations, the estate of Cognac Drouet et Fils covers 74 acres of Grande and Petite Champagne. However, the cognacs produced are purely from the Grande Champagne. Creating a range of cognacs from Trois Etoiles (three stars) to XO and beyond, Cognac Drouet et Fils remains faithful to the traditional production methods of old. Today, Drouet cognacs can be found throughout the world, with their distinguished packaging and the unique bottle shapes of their top of the range cognacs making them easy to recognize.
Cognac Dupuy is part of the larger, family-run cognac house Bache Gabrielsen, the leading cognac in Scandinavia. Dupuy has recently been re-branded to be exported China, Russia and other international cognac markets. Cognac Dupuy has a far reaching and interesting history dating back to 1852. Well known on every continent of the globe, Cognac Dupuy pride themselves on producing high quality cognac in the true Charentaise fashion and produce a full range of cognacs from a VS through to extra special vintages.
Sverre Braastad, the grandfather of Philip Braastad Tiffon - today's cellar master - left his native Norway to settle in the Charente region of France. Here he created the cognac house of Tiffon Médéric, and began selling his cognacs to the northern European markets.
Edouard Larcy Cognac is one of the brands produced by the family run cognac house, Maison Rene Laclie. With a history dating back to the later part of the 19th century, the passion and knowledge of the family has been passed down through the generations. However, the delights of their cognac products have been kept somewhat secretive for many years. It is only in recent years that the delights of Maison Rene Laclie and the brand, Edouard Larcy Cognac, have begun to be enjoyed around the world.
Domaine F. Gacon Cognac is a family run, 40 hectare estate with a history dating back to 1906. Today’s owners pride themselves in using only the traditional methods of old to create their eaux-de-vie and produce a variety of cognacs, along with Pineau des Charentes and various liqueurs to keep their business running.
With 45 hectares of Petite Champagne vineyards, the house of Famille Esteve Cognac is an independent and traditional one. Boasting seven generations of skills and knowledge, the house prides itself in producing a range of cognac that are composed mainly of older eaux-de-vie. Located in the town of Celles, in the department of Charente-Maritime, cognacs from the house of Famille Esteve have won many awards that date back to the competitions held at the very beginning of the 20th century.
Dating back to the 1850s, Favraud Cognac can be found at the wonderful Château de Souillac in the heart of the Cognac region. Today the house comes under the banner of the Ladoga Group, but continues to produce cognacs in the traditional manner so dear to the very reason it came to being in the first place...
Covering a vineyard of 25 hectares, the cognac estate “Logis des Bergeronnettes” in Jarnac, Charente, is entirely composed of Premier Cru Grande Champagne. This family run estate, Cognac Francois Peyrot S.A.R.L., has a history dating back over four generations and has grown in size from its modest seven hectare beginnings. Producing wine and cognac in traditional ways, the estate tends their vines in the most natural of ways. Today, they refuse any use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to produce their cognac in harmony with the environment.
The 28 hectares of vineyard are situated in Grande Champagne region, the 1st Cru of Cognac, renowned for its profound after taste, its aromatic power and its ability of long ageing. Voyer Cognac is a family run cognac domain that is passionate about every detail in making cognac - their cognacs can be found in the best restaurants in France (Ducasse, Lucas Carton, Laurent). The vineyards are in Verrières and Ambleville; the house has been in the business since the 1870s. The product range is classical, with young and old blends for those who don’t like to follow the crowd. Cognac Francois Voyer also offers a range of exceptionally old vintage bottles. Voyer's exceptional knowledge and attention to detail allows to not just make fine cognac, but to craft cognac.
The Frapin family has been around the Southwest of France since 1270. Always active in the domain of winegrowing, they specialized in distillation much later on and have since continued to stand strong throughout twenty generations! The estate owns 300 hectares of land entirely in the Grande Champagne area, of which 200 are planted with vines. Frapin’s home in the beautiful caste Fontpinot in the town of Segonzac. The most famous family member was the 16th century author Francois Rabelais, after whom a prestigious Frapin cognac bottle is named: The Cuvee Rabelais. Like some other cognac houses, Frapin needs to extend business through diversifying into other luxury products such as chocolate or coffee. Frapin was the first cognac producer to invent a multi-vintage blend, combining vintages of different years to create the perfect taste.
Recently, Alexandre Gabriel and cellar master Christian Guerin of Cognac Pierre Ferrand, started collaborating with smaller cognac producers in the Charente region to facilitate their cognacs being bottled and sold under their own name. The resulting product is called G&A, which used to stand for Gabriel and Andreu and now stands for Gabriel & Associés. Every bottle features the original producer of the cognac in order to give them the visibility they deserve. Due to the large investment needed for in-house cognac production, many small wine growers have difficulty in distilling, ageing, blending and bottling their own cognacs and instead are forced to sell their grapes or distilled eaux-de-vie to larger cognac houses. The house of Ferrand gives them the opportunity to produce their cognac all the way to the bottling and hence allows cognac lovers to experience a whole new range of cognacs from lesser known producers who would otherwise not exist.
Gautier Cognac is amongst the oldest cognac houses, with a very unique location. Gautier is based in Aigre on the Osme river, and ages in an 18th century water mill. Aigre is also referred to as the "Little Venice" of Charente. The proximity to the water and the resulting humidity and temperature in the cellars gives the cognac a recognizable taste. This cognac house unites ancient history with a modern view on the cognac market. It caters both professional cognac connoisseurs and aficionados as well as younger consumers that like to experiment with cognac and try out new and trendy cocktails.
Cognac Giboin is a small cognac house with 60 acres of vineyards in both the Borderies and Fins Bois cognac growing areas of the Charente. This family run, traditional cognac house has a history stretching back to the early part of the nineteenth century, and produces a very limited amount of cognac per year. Using only Ugni Blanc grapes, Cognac Giboin strives to remain faithful to the methods used by the family’s founders, and for a small house produces a surprisingly versatile and wide range of cognacs.
The house of Godet has been run by the family for 14 generations. It is a perfect example of a cognac house that deeply believes in the tradition of this spirit and its origins. At the same time, Godet manages to move with modern times, having recently created a cognac from a grape that is almost extinct in the cognac industry: Folle Blache. This cognac is called "Antarctica Godet" and was inspired by a 2-month sailing trip to the South Pole.
Claiming to be the oldest Cognac house in the region, which has been holding the same family name for centuries, the estate of Gourry de Chadeville sits in prime Fine Champagne countryside. This family run Cognac house has a history that can be traced back to the early 17th century, and Cognac has been produced as an artisan product since this date.
A small, but quality cognac brand produced in the heart of the Charente countryside, Cognac Grand Breuil produce a range of cognacs packaged in an elegant and classic manner. Self-described as a ‘luxe à la Française’ (French luxury), the brand produces their wares in a way that harps back to the first days of cognac production. Cognac Grand Breuil, part of the larger Tessendier Distillery, are keen to remain true to their heritage, producing cognac that appeals to both those new to the delights of eaux-de-vie, as well as having appeal to the connoisseur.
The Finnish brand Grönstedts Cognac is well known in both Scandinavia and other continents around the globe. The company has a history dating back to 1846 and is today an internationally recognized cognac brand and part of the portfolio of the Scandinavian company Altia Corporation. The brand has a varied and convoluted history, and production of Grönstedts Cognac has seen many homes. Today the cognac is a leader in its native Scandinavia, with it being the most popular cognac in the country of Sweden.
This relatively new, independent cognac house was created in 1992 and the brand named after its founder. The actual name of the cognac house is La Gabare and it is one of the few independent houses left in the region of Cognac. A family run firm, La Gabare is all about creating and marketing the finest of old cognacs. They do this under two brand names – Cognac de Collection Jean Grosperrin and Le Roch.
The Cognac house of Guillon-Painturaud has a history that can be traced back to the early seventeenth century, and covers 18 hectares of prime Premier Cru terrain. A traditionally run, artisan producer, the house produces a range of cognacs that are both affordable and will appeal to all levels of cognac drinker. They grow solely the Ugni Blanc grape, which they use to create their Cognacs and Pineau des Charentes. All of the process of Cognac production is carried out at the family farm, from the tending of the land and growing the fruits, through the distillation, aging, blending and bottling.