Olivier and Martin Bouygues invest in Cognac

Thursday November 12 2020 by Vitisphere

 The Métairie distillery is prioritising supplies of mature brandy and is being equipped with storage facilities so that in the long term it can develop its own brand. The Métairie distillery is prioritising supplies of mature brandy and is being equipped with storage facilities so that in the long term it can develop its own brand. - Photo credit : DR

After recently buying 30 hectares of vines in the Grande Champagne region, the SCDM holding company Domaines Olivier and Martin Bouygues now owns over 50 hectares of bearing vineyards producing Charente brandy. “The issue is not about creating a large estate, but rather a top quality one. In theory, 150 to 200 hectares would suit us”, says Hervé Berland, director of the Bouygues estates Montrose and Tronquoy Lalande in Bordeaux; Clos Rougeard in the Loire Valley; Henri Rebourseau in Burgundy; and the Métairie distillery.

The distillery was bought at the end of 2017 in Petite Champagne, with the deal comprising 21 hectares, a distillery with 7 stills and a stock of mature brandies, and marked the beginning of a strategy aimed at acquiring additional land in Cognac. The company has not established a time limit for expanding its own vineyards, but aims to be in possession of a new production facility for the 2022 harvest. The project is currently being finalised: “We are planning one to two years of work during which time we will equip the facilities with a new boiler, a harvest reception area and a winery, and also refurbish the buildings and create four storage buildings for housing barrels for ageing the brandy”, says Berland, who intimates that the required budget will run into millions of euros.

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