Our estate was originally founded in 1848 by Jean L'HOMME. He was a renowned distiller, and awarded a diplomafrom the Grand Prix d'Eaux-de-vie at the Universal Exhibition in BRUSSELS in 1897, which we have kept.
My great grandparents, Ulysse and Elina DUMARGUE, were housekeepers to the L'HOMME family and worked on the estate all their lives.
Irène DUMARGUE and Gabriel DROUET carried on the work for some years. Through hard work and sacrifice and by saving they managed to acquire a few plots of neighbouring vineyards.
In 1969, my parents, Monique and Gérard DROUET, bought the outbuildings, a 4-hl still and a few more acres of vines. Our family acquired the Estate and could finally distil its own wines. They made their Grande Champagne eau-de-vie, which was always so precious in the eyes of my ancestors.
After further changes and purchases of vines, I was encouraged by my parents to produce our first Pineau des Charentes in 1987 and installed two traditional 10-hl stills. Through rigorous and meticulous work in the vines and in the cellar, this has allowed us to develop a range of Cognacs, Pineaux with great character that honour our terroir, vines, expertise and traditions.