The family run house of Remy Couillebaud Cognac has a traditional history that reaches back to the mid-nineteenth century. Covering 33 hectares of vineyards located in the Fins Bois area of the Cognac growing region, Remy Couillebaud only produce cognacs made from eaux-de-vie grown, harvested and distilled on their own property. Along with the range of regular quality cognacs produced, the house also produces small batches of vintage year eaux-de-vie.
This established Cognac house has been around since 1724, for nearly 300 years, producing exquisite Fine Champagne Cognac and eau-de-vie de vin. Fine Champagne is the category of highest quality in cognac production. With products such as its famous blend Louis XIII, the cognac house with the black centaur logo on its bottles has found international acclaim and saw an exciting history of family feuds, mergers and in recent years a boom in US popular culture. Today, Rémy Martin is part of the Rémy Cointreau group, a powerful company with various luxury products in their range and a large international distribution network.
Renaud Cognac – or, as it’s known today, Cognac Renaud Gerard et Graziella – is based in the Jarnac area of the Charantais growing region. A small, artisan cognac house, Renaud Cognac nonetheless has its own distillery, vineyards and cellars. Producing both cognac and Pineau des Charentes, the house markets a range of cognacs from a VS upwards, although they can be a little challenging to find to purchase. The easiest way to purchase is to contact Renaud Cognac directly.
The house of Renault Cognac (sometimes referred to as Renault & Co Cognac) has a history that can be traced back to 1835. The house was founded by one Jean-Antonin Renault at the tender age of 25. Mr Renault came from a long line of Charentais merchants, and living in the centre of the town of Cognac it made sense that he moved into the production of eaux-de-vie.
The cognac house of Roullet & Fils has a long and rich history. Indeed, the Roullet family were some of the very first to sell cognacs in glass bottles in Paris back in the 18th century. Vineyards and working the vines are in the blood of this long line of wine makers, and they first owned vineyards in the region of Cognac as far back as 1772.
The brand of Salignac Cognac is now owned by Courvoisier, and is a cognac that helped Courvoisier to remain stable throughout the global crisis, returning to growth in 2010. Salignac Cognac is younger and slightly less expensive than the famous Courvoisier brand. However, it is possible to find some extremely old Salignac cognacs dating back to the mid-1800s that can command high prices.
So Yang is an young and innovative product, a blend of cognac and green tea. It unites two traditional products, one being green tea from Asia, which carries centuries of ancestral expertise, and cognac, a drink that has been perfected throughout generations. So Yang is a collaboration between Claire Coates, formerly head of marketing at the BNIC and André Petit Cognac, whose excellent cognac is used for the blend. The drink was launched in France in 2007 and has steadily grown since.
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The brand Soerlie Cognac has its heart in the town Cognac, its international sales headquarters in Paris and its roots deep in Scandinavia. Producing cognac in the traditional manner, this is a company that has truly embraced the tastes and drinking habits of the 21st century with vigor. From the sleek, Scandinavian inspired packaging right through to the eau-de-vie itself, Soerlie Cognacs are contemporary, sophisticated, of high quality, yet represent good value for money.
A cognac house that saw a 're-birth' thanks to the passion of one René-Luc Chabasse, the brand of St Rob is well represented by it's trademark phoenix - a logo that symbolises the re-birth of an estate that fell due to the French Revolution and the disposession of the rights of the nobility and clergy.
Cognac Staub, or as it is known today, Maison A. STAUB & CIE, has been in the business of cognac and brandy since 1858. Still carrying the name of its founder, the cognac house is very much a forerunner of all things to do with the development and the export of brandies. Today Staub not only produces a range of cognacs and brandies, but also provides a tailor made service for those who want an individual product. To this end they cater for individual, complex blends, small barrel aging, and aging and validation procedures carried out by independent COFRAC-certified laboratories.
Tallefort Cognac is a small, independent vineyard and cognac producer run by Gilles Gazeaud. The house produces and sells both cognacs and pineau des Charentes. Although small, Tallefort Cognac has vineyards in the Grande Champagne region of Verrière, as well as in Ambleville and Lignère Sonneville.
Cognac Tesseron specializes, as this slogan suggests, in high-end cognacs. As their marketing slogan suggests, they only produce “XO and Beyond”, so cognacs from the XO age onwards. From their ancestral home Domaine Tesseron in Châteauneuf-sur-Charente, which lies between Cognac and Angoulême, the Tesseron family traditionally used to sell its eaux-de-vie to the large cognac houses. But in 2003 they decided to release a range under their own family name. The Tesserons are also active in wine production, owning Château Pontet-Canet – a Pauillac classified property producing Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux wine.
Three partners with more than 120 years’ experience of the fine spirits trade between them have formed a tiny company to share their experience and enjoyment with connoisseurs around the world, bottling and selling a few of the finest distilled spirits they have found.
Although a relatively new brand of cognac, the history of the vineyards and buildings that make up Thierry Bonnin Cognac can be traced back through the centuries. With a land area that’s been gradually increasing in size over the years, Thierry Bonnin not only create their own wines, cognacs and pineau, but also supply eaux-de-vie to some of the biggest names in cognac – such as Hennessy and Courvoisier. The property is known as Le Maine Michaud, and is ably run by Thierry and Jacqueline Bonnin, with the help of Guyot Poussart. Both Thierry and his wife come from farming families. They use the centuries of traditions and experience that has been passed down through the generations to create a cognac brand and legacy that they can be proud to leave for their children to inherit.
With strong ties to the Scandinavian country of Norway, the history of Cognac Tiffon dates back to 1875. Tiffon is to this day a family run business, and is based at the beautiful family home, the Chateau de Triac, just 5 kms from the town of Jarnac. The Chateau itself has a battle-scarred and convoluted history, dating back to the 11th century, which includes being razed to the ground by fires and completely demolished during the Hundred Years’ War. Today, the family grows 40 hectares of Grande Champagne and Fins Bois vines, overseen by cellar master Richard Braastad, who comes from an old cognac producers’ family.
Since the 1930s, Cognac Vigier Latour has been a brand of cognac produced by the larger house of H Mounier. Following the traditional methods of producing eaux-de-vie, the history of the cognac can be traced back to the 1800’s, when the original Henri Mounier set up his business that was to span over the next three centuries.
Covering 60 hectares of prime Cognac vineyards, Cognac Vincent is today split into two separate properties. Both locations have far reaching histories, with family traditions and secrets being handed down through three generations to today’s owners – Virginia and Christopher Vincent. The house now produces a range of cognac, Pineau des Charentes, liqueurs and wine, all lovingly created from the vines that grow in the area known as Ile d’Oleron.
A cognac house dedicated to producing only the finest, high-end cognacs for those who appreciate the finer things in life. Owned by Frederic and Christa Dulin, who've made it their mission over the last few years to learn everything they can about cognac and brandy, Zelia Cognac only produces premium level cognacs.