The Pasquet family’s small 7.5-hectare vineyard is nestled in the tiny township of Éraville, in prestigious Grande Champagne, where the property has been producing Cognac since 1730. Jean-Luc Pasquet and his wife, Marie-Françoise, had been growing fruit conventionally on their estate until 1995 when they began to explore organic winemaking. In 1998, they were granted “Agriculture Biologique” certification. Jean-Luc Pasquet is now spear-headed by Jean-Luc’s son, Jean, who has apprenticed under his father since childhood.
While the majority of the estate’s grapevines produce Ugni Blanc, they also grow Folle Blanche, which was the prevalent variety before the Phylloxera crises of the 19th century. Meanwhile, their aperitifs are crafted using a blend of Ugni Blanc and Montils grapes. After a period of all-natural fermentation kickstarted by native yeasts, their wines are distilled in a traditional Charentais pot still using the double-distillation method specific to the Cognac region. The eau-de-vie is then aged in casks crafted exclusively from oak grown in the Limousin region of France. The Cognac is aged anywhere from three years up to several decades before being bottled without chill filtration or added caramel or sugar. These Cognacs epitomize handmade, single vineyard Cognac, expressing the majestic terroir of Grande Champagne, uninterrupted and unadorned.