The vines that give birth to our cognacs are exposed to a mild climate as well as all the force of the ocean. They have been located on Atlantic Ocean since our House was founded in the 16th century, and they benefit from a unique climate, often providing the best conditions with a few occasional extremes.
Mild climate, sunshine, brisk sea air, humidity, clay-limestone soil… these terroirs are ideally located for the maturation of grapes. Facing the ocean and subject to its whims, they also experience tough weather, with both storms and droughts. So, for five centuries, our family has lived in sync with the seasons, tides and strong gales.
We have learned to be resilient to the elements and the sea. In 1875, phylloxera, a devastating aphid from America, came across the ocean and sorely tested our coastal vines. While most of La Rochelle’s vineyards were destroyed, our ancestors replanted and rebuilt theirs around the maritime city. Our House is the only one left with a foothold in La Rochelle.