Growing

The terroir

We harvest our grapes from the four finest crus of the six in the Cognac region. Each of these crus has its own unique terroir, or growing environment, which affects the final flavour and characteristics of our delicate Ugni Blanc grapes. These differences can range from terrain to micro-climate, whether the grapes are grown in a chalky or clay soil, how high up a hill the vines are planted, whether the grapes get the cooler ocean winds off the Atlantic or how quickly they grow in the wet Cognac winters and gloriously hot summers.

The grapes

All our cognacs are made exclusively with Ugni Blanc grapes from the Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois crus. Ugni Blanc is the most prized grape due to its high acidity and low alcoholic strength – perfect for creating the rich but delicate flavours of our cognac.

The wine growers

All our cognacs are made exclusively with Ugni Blanc grapes from the Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois crus. Ugni Blanc is the most prized grape due to its high acidity and low alcoholic strength – perfect for creating the rich but delicate flavours of our cognac.

The harvest

Typically, we harvest our grapes in October, when they're at their ripest and juiciest. Once picked, our wine growers press the grapes and the intense juice is allowed to naturally ferment over seven days, transforming the grape sugars into wine. This wine then begins its long journey through distillation and maturation until eventually, possibly decades later, being blended as one of our cognacs.

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