In 1731, the lord of the city of Saint-Même-les-Carrières participated with the inhabitants at the costs of rehabilitation of the keystone of the Sainte-Maxime church, he will affix his arms. This is how the stonemason produced two escutcheons, all topped with a crown with a fleuron. Identical for three centuries, this double shield is now part of the brand's identity.
Croizet's legacy has continued over the years and until today.
EVERYTHING BEGINS IN 1805
Léon Croizet who belonged to a family of vineyard owners established in Grande. Champagne since the 16th Century, wanted to create his own Cognac House to compete with the 20 other or so houses that had recently been established.
Fine connoisseur and hard working, this former Sommelier to Napoleon I's High Command, founded the company, that carries his name, based in St Même les Carrières.
PERFECTION OF EXCELLENCE SINCE 1805
Croizet Cognac have constantly managed their own vineyards to ensure international award winning cognacs for over two centuries.
Their vineyards have been present since 1805 in Saint-Meme -Les-Carrières, and Bonneuil, in the very heart of the Grande Champagne. Croizet Cognac have expanded their vineyards over two centuries as Croizet grew in Global stature and excellence to include Petite Champagne and Fins Bois, spread over a distance of 110 km.
Their eaux-de-vie reflects the very essence of Cognac taking in such a vast terroir from the borders of the coast to the heart of Cognac in Grande Champagne. A position almost unrivalled in Cognac.
1ST CRU OF COGNAC
Grande Champagne produces the best quality Cognac in the region, Croizet is located in its historic heart and specializes in superior quality Grande Champagne Cognacs.
Nestled in the hills of Grande Champagne, the Domaine benefits from one of the best microclimates in the region.
The rolling hillsides and the limestone soil provide an optimal growth environment: maximum sunshine, regular and natural irrigation.
Croizet's vineyards are exclusively planted with ugni blanc grapes, a hard variety selected for the elegant eaux-de-vie it produces.
AN INTERNATIONAL BRAND
In 1871, the founder’s grandson, Benjamin Léon Croizet registered the brand and set about developing the business.
A cultured and influential individual, he succeeded in shipping his cognacs around the world.
He worked incessantly to create the highest quality cognacs and played a part in the creation of the Appellation in 1909. He also won many prizes for his cognacs, notably at the Universal Exhibitions of 1878 & 1900.
In 1883, the vast majority of the Cognac vineyards were ravaged by the disease Phylloxera.B. Léon Croizet refused to let his estate die away.
Instead, he planted experimental vines from America. In order to protect them, he built stone walls around certain small vineyards.
His techniques were adopted by many vineyards owners and this helped to replant the vineyards of Cognac.
In recognition of his work, B. Léon Croizet was awarded in 1883 the Légion d’Honneur by the French President for saving the Cognac Industry.
THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FAMILY HOUSE
Successive generations have maintained the impeccable quality of Croizet cognacs and developed the brand throughout the world.
During Léonie Croizet's marriage in 1892, a collection of cognacs of inestimable value became part of the company's heritage.
Thanks to its heritage, Croizet is one of only three producers who have perpetually kept their vintage Cognac License even after the great ban in 1963.
"To live the dream ...
Appreciated by the global elite throughout its 210+ year history, including Russian Emperors, passengers on the fateful maiden voyage of the Titanic in 1912, Winston Churchill and General Dwight D. Eisenhower. This Croizet legacy continues today.
Croizet continuous to win gold medals internationally, most recently in 2017 and 2019. There are special cognacs that have not changed for over a century (cognac does not change once bottled). They are reserved for luxury blends, in particular for the 1883 Légion d'Honneur bottle and the 1889 Exposition Universelle.
You can taste the same VSOP and XO that the people who tested them over 100 years ago.
60 ml Cognac Croizet VSOP
20 ml Grand Marnier "Quintessence"
20 ml Chartreuse, Dash of Angosture Bitters
Cognac Croizet, still based in St Même les Carrières, is looking to the future and is about to write a new chapter in its long and illustrious History. The original family has decided to entrust the future of the Company to new owners in the hope that they too will live true to the founders dream. Dynamism and innovation are now joining forces with the values that have always chartered the course of this historic brand.