Everything begins in 1805.
Léon Croizet who belonged to a family of vineyard owners established in Grande Champagne since the 16th Century, wanted to create his own Cognac House to compete with the 20 other or so houses that had recently been established.
Fine connoisseur and hard working, this former Sommelier to Napoleon I’s High Command, founded the company that carries his name to this day.
1871: AN INTERNATIONAL BRAND
In 1871, the founder’s grandson, Benjamin Léon Croizet registered the brand and set about developing the business.
A cultured and influential individual, he succeeded in shipping his cognacs around the world.
He worked incessantly to create the highest quality cognacs and played a part in the creation of the Appellation in 1909. He also won many prizes for his cognacs, notably at the Universal Exhibitions of 1878 & 1900.
1883: THE POST-PHYLLOXERA PERIOD
At the end of the 19th Century, the vast majority of the Cognac vineyard was ravaged by the disease Phylloxera.
B. Léon Croizet refused to let his estate die away.
Instead, he planted experimental vines from America. In order to protect them, he built stone walls around certain small vineyards.
His techniques were adopted by many vineyards owners and this helped to replant the vineyards of Cognac. In recognition of his work, B. Léon Croizet was awarded in 1883 the Légion d’Honneur by the President.
20th CENTURY: THE FAMILY HOUSE DEVELOPMENT
The successive generations have maintained the Croizet cognacs’ irreproachable quality and developed the brand around the world.
During the marriage of Léonie Croizet
in 1892, a collection of priceless cognacs entered into the company’s heritage.
Due to this enviable position, Cognac Croizet was amongst a select group of only 3 Cognac Houses allowed to continue selling Vintage cognacs in 1963.
TODAY: THE RENAISSANCE
Cognac Croizet, still based in St Même les Carrières, is today looking to the future and is about to write a new chapter in its long and illustrious History.
The original family has decided to entrust the future of the Company to new owners in the hope that they too will live true to the founders dream. Dynamism and innovation are now joining forces with the values that have always chartered the course of this historic brand.
The founders’ spirit of excellence and quality continues to drive the company forward.