Delamain cognac is back in touch with its winegrower's history
This small house has a great reputation. It secures its supplies by taking about twenty hectares of vines for rent.
In Jarnac, the Delamain have been trading in the best eaux-de-vie for 260 years. Quietly. Without flashy luxury. But with a certain taste for excellence.
"The ease of pleasing is foreign to the home. Our cognacs are light, fine and delicate, made exclusively from Grande Champagne, distilled without lees or on very fine lees, and aged in red barrels, never new, in order to avoid the bitterness of the tannin", explains CEO Patrick Peyrelongue.
"Our annual production is infinitesimal but it is distributed in 60 to 70 countries where our customers like the Delamain style," adds General Manager Charles Braastad, whose grandmother was a Delamain.
The company keeps a close eye on pretty stocks, but like all merchants faced with the rise of cognac, it must secure its supplies. At the beginning of January, the company returned to the profession of operator, which it had not done since the sale of the Bois Clair property in Saint-Brice in 1910. Delamain has taken over the farm of Marie-France and Bruno Chabannais in Bellevigne, in the heart of the Grande Champagne region.
A will of the Bollinger Group
The vineyard extends over approximately 20 hectares, in three valleys facing due south, near the hamlets of La Rambaudie, Montplaisir, La Sentinelle and Les Grands Champs. The estate will be run by cellar master Dominique Touteau. "We had been working with the owners for a very long time... They wanted to retire and we discussed the project at length. We tasted the entire stock of stale brandies. It was like finding the Grail for us! ", Charles Braastad told our colleagues at the magazine "Terre de vins".
In 2017, Delamain came under the control of Jacques-Bollinger (SJB), a company known for its Bollinger champagne brand. "Owners of large wineries in Champagne, Burgundy and the Loire, the Bollinger family, Delamain's majority shareholder, wanted the house to become even more firmly rooted in the region," a press release said.
Header pictures : The general manager of Delamain cognacs, Charles Braastad, whose grandmother was a Delamain. ©Rodolphe ESCHER/DELAMAIN
Source : sudouest.fr