The Story of Domaine de la Grolette
Cognac Ordonneau is a small family-run producer, with a typical Charentais property called Domaine de la Grolette in the Borderies region. The entire process of the production takes place in and around the property. The 33 hectare estate is run by Gerard Ordonneau who creates a cognac which is typical Borderies, refined and aged in oak barrels.
The Borderies has a soil with high clay content with flint giving fatter, fuller-bodied brandies with dried fruit characteristics. The result is a full, floral brandy with prune and dried fruit notes and a touch of rancio.
The history of Ordonneau Cognac dates back to 1911, when Samuel Ordonneau bought the property, which was then mainly used for hunting. His son, Jacques, established a functioning cognac house by planting vines and tending the land. In 1966, Gerard Ordonneau joined the business to help out with the cognac production.
In 1979, Jacques tragically died, the four brothers Ordonneau created a new company to keep running the business. At that time, the vines stretched across 22 hectares. In 1993 they bought 4 additional hectares in the community of St Sulpice. By 2011, the estate had grown to 27 hectares of vineyards, producing around 300 hectoliters of eaux-de-vie every year.