Raymond Ragnaud is one of the top Cognac producers, located in the town of Ambleville in the heart of the Grande Champagne. The family has grown grapes since 1860; in 1920, Paul Ragnaud settled at the Château de Ambleville. He was succeeded in 1941 by his son Raymond who oversaw the vineyards and began to market the cognacs he had inherited. In the early 1960s, his wife and two children expanded their vineyard holdings to 47 hectares that covered three towns all in the Grande Champagne—Ambleville, Criteul and Lignieres-Sonneville. One of those children, Francoise Ragnaud-Bricq, has carried on the family tradition of producing high quality Cognac and Pineau des Charentes.