History & Background
The town of Cognac France has a past worth savoring. Yes, it is the birthplace of King François I. But today, it is better known as the birthplace of distilled brandy. And it is this 500-year-old, meticulously produced brandy that carries the name Cognac, and has carried it from generation to generation.It is the soil at Chateau des Plassons that makes our grapes special. Our Ugni Blanc grapes are cultivated on 120 acres of beautiful limestone plateaus unaffected by weather, and precisely distilled a la main, by hand, and carefully aged in French oak barrels, resulting in the robustly aged King of Brandy. Before being purchased by the Hennessy dynasty, Chateau des Plassons was originally built in the 1500s by a preacher. Several generations later, it came under ownership of the Pannaud family. Since their acquisition of the Chateau, they have not only upheld the strict age-old tradition of the art of oak-brewing Cognac, but instituted modern technology to double distillation, thus producing the unparagoned, notable delicacy of the Rastignac Cognac and winning top honors from Cognac Expert as "Top 10 Best Cognacs in 2011".