Domaine de Landon - Stephane Aupit
Since 1867, in the entrance of a typical village from Cognac region, six generations have perpetuated the love of doing the spirit of the region, truly respecting the local traditions.
Nowadays, the direct descendant, Stéphane Aupit, keeps the legacy and produces one of the most interesting Pineau des Charentes of the region.
Entering Domaine de Landon is like travelling in time, travelling to another century… Everything is done in a very hand-craft way: the oldest and smallest still pot (3,70 hl) in all Cognac region is still in use!
Until few years ago, charcoal and wood were still used for the distillation process.
Settled in Chérac on the westside of Cognac, the Groussin family comes from an old line of 5 generations of winemaker and supplier for the largest cognac houses. William Groussin, the 5th master cellar, elaborates Pineau des Charentes while respecting ancestral savoir-faire fed with passion.
The house of Groussin creates Pineau des Charentes exclusively with eaux de vie coming from the family vineyard in the Borderies, the rarest and most coveted of the 6 crus of the Cognac appellation. The sub-soil determines the terroir, the Borderies area is calcareous clay and is the only one to have the particularity of containing flint. The eaux de vie from the Borderies are among the most sought after and differ from the other cru in their bouquet, roundness, finesse and characteristic floral notes of violets and iris.
For 5 generations we have shaped this delicate wine by respecting the family secrecy. The Pineau des Charentes has a very interesting aromatic power which comes from this unique terroir and different important steps of elaboration.
Godet Cognac is the oldest of the great cognac houses with 15 generations of adventure, passion, emotion, and expertise passed down through the Godet family. It has a rich history of honouring craft and taste since 1588.
Since 1730, the vineyard was passed on directly or indirectly by family links and so in 1971, Jean-Luc inherits from the domain of his uncle - the famous Uncle Albert whose name will be attributed to the oldest cognac of the range. Today he has to transmit too these heritage and his know how to his son Jean.
Since 1995, the family runs its 7 hectares of vineyards according to the rules of the Organic farming, without chemical of synthesis products. Their philosophy is strengthening the natural defenses of the vineyard by the use of products with copper and with sulfur as well as various manures of plants (manure of stinging nettle, horsetail, etc.).
After the harvest, the clusters are directly pressed and the juice is put in tank for the fermentation. It is with yeasts, said "endogenous", in other words, yeasts which are naturally on grapes, that is made the fermentation of their wines. The use of natural yeasts and the absence of sulphite strengthens the guarantee of a real soil's product.