Cognac History: The Story of Cognac Moyet
The founder Euthrope Moyet
Cognac has a long history and Moyet has been part of that story of cognac for over 100 years. Euthrope Moyet, a vine grower and a distiller, was forty years old in 1864 when he founded his Moyet Company to produce cognac in Saint-Sulpice, in the middle of the famous Borderies vineyard, nearby the city of Cognac, south-west of France.
Euthrope Moyet, with the help of his son-in-law, André Tessier, made his cognac company very successful with a very modern and precursory dedication to building a reputation above all through the high quality of its cognac .
Their flair for international commerce enabled Cognac Moyet export cognac worldwide, as far away as Thailand, China, or California, amazing destinations at the end of the nineteenth century.
His son-in-law André Tessier
But André Tessier, officer in the French Army, was killed in the first weeks of the First World War, and Euthrope Moyet died in 1918. Afterwards, the company lost its commercial dynamism, while keeping its dedication to quality. But through the prudent hands of the different heirs who cherished the family tradition, it continued till the late seventies producing the very best quality cognac brandy, with great dedication to the finest cognac standards.
During all these years, Cognac Moyet was in a way preserved from modernism. That is why in 1978, a group of friends visiting the company fell in love with the unbelievable poetry of this old wax-smelling cognac house and bought it. Cognac Moyet passed out of the hands of the original founding family, but with new owners determined to maintain the tradition of producing the finest cognac in the world.
The house contained many treasures, the greatest and most valuable of which were not only its cellars, still full of gorgeous antique cognacs, but certainly the irreplaceable traditional craftsmanship. Since 1864, only two cellar-masters had successively cared for the cognacs, the founder himself until 1918, and his apprentice and successor until the new owners in 1978.
This longevity inspired a journalist to say that drinking a cognac from Moyet cellars was like hearing in the twentieth century a Liszt’ s sonate played by a very old and brilliant pupil of his.
This extraordinary history gives the house a unique philosophy and style. Cognac Moyet’s products have a special artisanal unity, from the youngest Fins Bois and Petite Champagne, to the very rare Borderies XO, or the miraculous centenary Grande Champagne.
While preserving its attention to craftmanship, and supplying the most famous restaurants and discerning wine-shops worldwide, Cognac Moyet has achieved significant commercial success.
Cognac Moyet was chosen in 2000 as the exclusive cognac of an international airline, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS). This was a first for a boutique cognac house, and it has allowed confirmed Cognac Moyet in the club of the best.