Painturaud Frères House

MAISON PAINTURAUD FRERES

History

Our estate was founded in 1804. It was rebuilt and managed at the end of the 19th century by our great-grandfather, Hippolyte Painturaud, after the big phylloxera crisis. Then in 1934, Guy Painturaud, our grandfather, decided to sell his cognac and Pineau des Charentes under his own name to differentiate himself from all the big Cognac merchants. As a result, our company Maison Painturaud Frères was born. Guy Painturaud was one of the first winegrowers to sell Pineau des Charentes. His son Jacques, our father, took over in 1973 : Jacques grew the business by taking part in numerous national wine and spirit fairs and starting a shop in Segonzac.”

Les Frères Painturaud

In 2010, Jacques handed over the business to his sons Jean-Philippe, Vincent, Matthieu and Emmanuel, the Maison Painturaud Frères 4th generation. They’ll continue to carry on 200 years of skill, know-how and family tradition.
Painturaud, a brand, a name, a family known in all the region, with an identity from the beautiful Grande Champagne land.
Les Frères Painturaud are local producers, sellers in trade fairs across France, and travel the world to introduce and initiate their treasures. The Cognacs and Pineaux des Charentes are authentic and high end. They come from a unique “terroir” and secular skills, family traditions passed on from father to son to offer consumers a rare experience in the heart of the Grande Champagne, Cognac’s Premier Cru.
The vineyard is exclusively planted on hillsides rich in limestone that favour the creation of eaux-de-vie of a great finesse, particularly fit to age in oak barrels, typical to the Grande Champagne terroir.
The terroir is made of white grapes Ugni-Blanc, Colombard and Montils, and red grapes Merlot, de Cabernet Franc et de Cabernet Sauvignon (these are exclusive to Pineau des Charentes).

Jean-Philippe

Jean-Philippe

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Vincent

Vincent

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Matthieu

Matthieu

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Emmanuel

Emmanuel

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Jean-Philippe

Jean-Philippe

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What is your role in the business?
I’m in charge of everything linked to the domain, vineyards and distillation.

When did you start?
I started in the 90’s. When my father retired in 2007, I dedicated myself at 100%.
At the same time, I began a service provision company focused on vineyard work. I now share my time between both businesses.

A memory as a child?
I spent my childhood in vineyards. First

with Spanish people who came for harvest and grape picking every year. At 11 years old, I learned to drive a tractor, then at 13 how to spray. Not sure these days this is well thought of… But my passion started early.

I believe you’re involved with the “Fête du Cognac”?
Yes indeed. In the 90’s, the region had a crisis, les “Jeunes Agriculteurs”, Young Farmers, decided to roll up their sleeves and start la Fête du Cognac with François Méry. 1997 was the first year

and 700 people came. I’ve been a volunteer since the beginning, and was president for 15 years. I’m still part of the team now. This year, 20 000 people came to les Quais de Cognac. What an adventure! And what a long way we’ve come!

What’s your passion outside of Cognac?
Cars, motorbikes, 4×4… anything I can drive!

ID

  • Date of birth: 7th of October 1969
  • Place: Angoulême
  • Studies: primary school and “collège” in Segonzac / lycée agricole in Barbezieux / IREO Richemont
  • Family situation: living with Valérie

What is your role in the business?
I’m in charge of everything linked to the domain, vineyards and distillation.

When did you start?
I started in the 90’s. When my father retired in 2007, I dedicated myself at 100%.
At the same time, I began a service provision company focused on vineyard work. I now share my time between both businesses.

A memory as a child?
I spent my childhood in vineyards. First with Spanish people who came for harvest and grape picking every year. At 11 years old, I learned to drive a tractor, then at 13 how to spray. Not sure these days this is well thought of… But my passion started early.

I believe you’re involved with the “Fête du Cognac”?
Yes indeed. In the 90’s, the region had a crisis, les “Jeunes Agriculteurs”, Young Farmers, decided to roll up their sleeves and start la Fête du Cognac with François Méry. 1997 was the first year and 700 people came. I’ve been a volunteer since the beginning, and was president for 15 years. I’m still part of the team now. This year, 20 000 people came to les Quais de Cognac. What an adventure! And what a long way we’ve come!

What’s your passion outside of Cognac?
Cars, motorbikes, 4×4… anything I can drive!

ID

  • Date of birth: 7th of October 1969
  • Place: Angoulême
  • Studies: primary school and “collège” in Segonzac / lycée agricole in Barbezieux / IREO Richemont
  • Family situation: living with Valérie

Vincent

Vincent

His Profile

What is your role in the business?
It’s not my main job. I assist my brothers, when needed, with the technical side of oenology and tasting.

Were you always attracted to the wine and spirits world?
No. As a child I wanted to work in forest management. Throughout the years, I was more and more involved with Cognac (helping hand in the family business booth at Blues Passions, wine

studies…). I finally followed the family’s work.

A memory as a child?
I was the first to introduce a computer in the office. At the time, it was a revolution!

Your professional career?
I started work at Pierre Ferrand, before becoming a teacher and tutor at the CFA de la Gironde. Early 2000, I was

director of châteaux Loudenne and Rouillac in Bordeaux.
I then joined Ocealia group as cellar master and vineyard director. I will never forget working for… Decathlon in the middle of the 90’s, the best school to learn sales!

What’s your passion outside of Cognac?
Hunting, especially with my father.

ID

  • Date of birth: 21st of March 1972
  • Place: Angoulême
  • Studies: primary school and “collège” in Segonzac / lycée agricole in Angoulême (l’Oisellerie) / BTS viti-oeno at l’Oisellerie
  • Family situation: married to Hélène with two boys, Pierre and Lucas

What is your role in the business?
It’s not my main job. I assist my brothers, when needed, with the technical side of oenology and tasting.

Were you always attracted to the wine and spirits world?
No. As a child I wanted to work in forest management. Throughout the years, I was more and more involved with Cognac (helping hand in the family business booth at Blues Passions, wine studies…). I finally followed the family’s work.

A memory as a child?
I was the first to introduce a computer in the office. At the time, it was a revolution!

Your professional career?
I started work at Pierre Ferrand, before becoming a teacher and tutor at the CFA de la Gironde. Early 2000, I was director of châteaux Loudenne and Rouillac in Bordeaux.
I then joined Ocealia group as cellar master and vineyard director. I will never forget working for… Decathlon in the middle of the 90’s, the best school to learn sales!

What’s your passion outside of Cognac?
Hunting, especially with my father.

ID

  • Date of birth: 21st of March 1972
  • Place: Angoulême
  • Studies: primary school and “collège” in Segonzac / lycée agricole in Angoulême (l’Oisellerie) / BTS viti-oeno at l’Oisellerie
  • Family situation: married to Hélène with two boys, Pierre and Lucas

Matthieu

Matthieu

His Profile

What is your role in the business?
Just like Vincent, it’s not my main job. I help my brothers with strategic planning and with sales & marketing. This is my field of work, and my partner works in the wines and spirits trade.

A memory as a child?
Yes loads. I remember my grandparents in the shop, playing darts with my father in the distillery, the Spanish living with my grandparents at harvest, reading

newspapers in the garden, hiding to drink grape juice…
We learnt the distillation process at school and it was great to see it done at home.
I also remember picking dead wood in the vines in Winter from the previous year, and trellising in the Summer. That was not fun… And later, the great days of Cognac Tonic with the film festival, Blues Passions, Fête du Cognac…
We were the first ambassadors!

Your professional career?
Mainly in Paris, first with Chevron Texaco in marketing. In 2003, I joined Groupama in marketing, and now I’m in the export team.

What’s your passion outside of Cognac?
Travelling (Spain, Argentina, Cuba, Europe, Morocco, Madagascar, West Indies and more to come I hope).

ID

  • Date of birth: 24th of April 1974
  • Place: Cognac
  • Studies: primary school and “collège” in Segonzac / lycée in Cognac / IUT Tech de Co in Bordeaux / IUP Commerce et Vente in La Rochelle / DESS Commerce International in Lille
  • Family situation: living with Caroline since 2003 with two boys, Paul and Marin

What is your role in the business?
Just like Vincent, it’s not my main job. I help my brothers with strategic planning and with sales & marketing. This is my field of work, and my partner works in the wines and spirits trade.

A memory as a child?
Yes loads. I remember my grandparents in the shop, playing darts with my father in the distillery, the Spanish living with my grandparents at harvest, reading newspapers in the garden, hiding to drink grape juice…
We learnt the distillation process at school and it was great to see it done at home.
I also remember picking dead wood in the vines in Winter from the previous year, and trellising in the Summer. That was not fun… And later, the great days of Cognac Tonic with the film festival, Blues Passions, Fête du Cognac…
We were the first ambassadors!

Your professional career?
Mainly in Paris, first with Chevron Texaco in marketing. In 2003, I joined Groupama in marketing, and now I’m in the export team.

What’s your passion outside of Cognac?
Travelling (Spain, Argentina, Cuba, Europe, Morocco, Madagascar, West Indies and more to come I hope).

ID

  • Date of birth: 24th of April 1974
  • Place: Cognac
  • Studies: primary school and “collège” in Segonzac / lycée in Cognac / IUT Tech de Co in Bordeaux / IUP Commerce et Vente in La Rochelle / DESS Commerce International in Lille
  • Family situation: living with Caroline since 2003 with two boys, Paul and Marin

Emmanuel

Emmanuel

His Profile

What is your role in the business?
I take care of all the trade side: production (bottling, cellar work and Cognac blending), packaging, communication, admin, and sales (shop, trade fairs, visits, traveling in France and abroad…).

When did you start?
I came back in 2010, first with sales and now my current role.

A memory as a child?
A great load! Not the Spanish harvest team, as we’d change to mechanical harvest. I remember driving the

machine with Jean-Philippe, the grapes falling in the harvest reception area (apparently, I would get to close to this, as my parents would say).
I also remember the tastings at the Leclerc supermarkets with Jean-Philippe and the “Jeunes Agriculteurs”.
I also helped my parents with a booth at Blues Passions for 5-6 years, this became my Summer event, and now it is the Fête du Cognac.
I also remember weekend ski trips with my father after distillation (the reward!). And finally, our many family trips in Les Landes, total liberty!

Did you always work in the family business?
No. I sold wine for Maison des Maines on the Ile de Ré, worked in a wine shop in New Zealand. I was also an insurer for a year. But most importantly, I sold Bordeaux wines for a number of years to restaurants and hotels.

What’s your passion outside of Cognac?
Music. I play drums. I started my first band when I was 17 years old, I’m now in my third one. I even did an internship for a musical instruments wholesaler as part of my studies.

ID

  • Date of birth: 7th of March 1982
  • Place: Cognac
  • Studies: primary school and “college” in Segonzac / lycée in Cognac / Université de La Rochelle / Master 2 LEA Affaires et négociations internationales in Lille.
  • Family situation: living with Laurie with one boy, Ernest

What is your role in the business?
I take care of all the trade side: production (bottling, cellar work and Cognac blending), packaging, communication, admin, and sales (shop, trade fairs, visits, traveling in France and abroad…).

When did you start?
I came back in 2010, first with sales and now my current role.

A memory as a child?
A great load! Not the Spanish harvest team, as we’d change to mechanical harvest. I remember driving the machine with Jean-Philippe, the grapes falling in the harvest reception area (apparently, I would get to close to this, as my parents would say).
I also remember the tastings at the Leclerc supermarkets with Jean-Philippe and the “Jeunes Agriculteurs”.
I also helped my parents with a booth at Blues Passions for 5-6 years, this became my Summer event, and now it is the Fête du Cognac.
I also remember weekend ski trips with my father after distillation (the reward!). And finally, our many family trips in Les Landes, total liberty!

Did you always work in the family business?
No. I sold wine for Maison des Maines on the Ile de Ré, worked in a wine shop in New Zealand. I was also an insurer for a year. But most importantly, I sold Bordeaux wines for a number of years to restaurants and hotels.

What’s your passion outside of Cognac?
Music. I play drums. I started my first band when I was 17 years old, I’m now in my third one. I even did an internship for a musical instruments wholesaler as part of my studies.

ID

  • Date of birth: 7th of March 1982
  • Place: Cognac
  • Studies: primary school and “college” in Segonzac / lycée in Cognac / Université de La Rochelle / Master 2 LEA Affaires et négociations internationales in Lille.
  • Family situation: living with Laurie with one boy, Ernest

Notre Savoir-Faire

L’appellation

L’appellation Cognac s’étend sur la Charente, la Charente-Maritime, et quelques communes de la Dordogne et Deux-Sèvres. Elle se divise en 6 crus, c’est-à-dire 6 terroirs différents : la Grande Champagne, la Petite Champagne, les Borderies, les Fins Bois, les bons Bois et les bois ordinaires. La surface globale du vignoble cognaçais représente 78 000 Ha de vignes, dont le cépage principal est l’UGNI-BLANC.

Le terroir de Grande Champagne

La Grande Champagne, c’est le 1er Cru de l’appellation cognac. Couvert de 14 000 ha de vignes et principalement formé de coteaux argilo-calcaire, ce fabuleux terroir donne naissance à des eaux-de-vie très fines et très légères, au bouquet à dominante florale, demandant un long vieillissement en fûts de chêne pour acquérir leur pleine maturité. Les cognacs de la Maison Painturaud Frères proviennent uniquement de cette région.

La Culture de la vigne

Très soucieux de notre environnement, nous nous sommes engagés il y a plus de 20 ans dans un modèle de culture raisonnée et avons obtenu le label HVE (Haute Valeur Environnementale) de niveau 3, le niveau le plus élevé. Pour obtenir ce label, il faut tenir compte notamment des éléments suivants : La biodiversité, La stratégie phytosanitaire, La gestion des engrais, La gestion des ressources en eau, la protection et la formation du personnel.

Les Vendanges

Les vendanges sont mécaniques depuis une trentaine d’années sur notre vignoble. Le pressurage des grappes est effectué immédiatement après la récolte dans les pressoirs pneumatiques. Le jus obtenu est mis à fermenter aussitôt. La chaptalisation (adjonction de sucre) est interdite. Pressurage et fermentation font l’objet d’une surveillance attentive car ils auront une influence déterminante sur la qualité finale de l’eau-de-vie. Une fois que ce vin est fermenté, il ne nous reste plus qu’à distiller.

La distillation Charentaise

Nous utilisons un alambic dit charentais pour l’élaboration de nos eaux-de-vie, entièrement composé de cuivre. Le vin est introduit dans la chaudière et porté à ébullition. Les vapeurs d’alcool se dégagent, s’accumulent dans le chapiteau, s’engagent dans le col de cygne puis dans le serpentin. Au contact du réfrigérant, elles se condensent pour s’écouler sous forme de « brouillis ».

Ce liquide légèrement trouble, titrant de 28 à 32 % vol., est versé dans la chaudière pour une seconde distillation, c’est la « bonne chauffe ».
Le distillateur devra alors procéder à une opération délicate appelée « la coupe » : les premières fractions qui s’écoulent, très riches en alcool, sont appelées les « têtes » et écartées (elles ne représentent que 1 à 2 % du volume). Vient ensuite le « cœur », eau-de-vie claire et limpide qui donnera le Cognac.

Puis, le distillateur élimine les « secondes » – quand l’alcoomètre indique 58 % vol.- et enfin les « queues » de fin de distillation. « Têtes » et « secondes » sont re-distillées avec le vin. La réussite du cycle de distillation, qui dure 24 heures environ, demande beaucoup d’attention, une surveillance constante et une grande pratique de la part du distillateur.

L’élevage et le vieillissement

Une fois la distillation terminée, il est temps de mettre cette eau-de-vie nouvelle en fûts de chêne, indispensables au développement du cognac. Le long travail de maturation du Cognac, qui dure parfois des décennies, s’effectue grâce à la porosité du bois qui permet un contact indirect entre l’eau-de-vie et l’air ambiant. Ainsi, les substances extraites du bois de chêne par le Cognac modifient l’aspect physique du Cognac en lui donnant une couleur qui va du jaune d’or au brun ardent.
Ce transfert des caractéristiques naturelles du chêne provoque, avec le temps, la formation du « rancio » et développe les arômes du Cognac.
Ce travail, fruit d’une grande expérience, permet à la Maison Painturaud Frères de maîtriser la qualité de son produit. C’est en effet en réalisant des assemblages entre eaux-de-vie d’âges différents que le Maître de Chai crée, tel un alchimiste, une véritable harmonie. Un travail d’orfèvre qui permettra à chaque consommateur de reconnaître et d’apprécier le Cognac de son choix.

Le Pineau des Charentes

Le Pineau des Charentes Painturaud bénéficie de la même AOC que le cognac puisque ce dernier intervient dans sa fabrication. Sa fabrication a lieu au moment des vendanges. C’est un mutage entre du jus de raisin fraîchement récolté et du cognac âgé d’un an ce qui empêche la fermentation du jus de raisin. Cet assemblage, réalisé par les maîtres de chai Jean-Philippe et Emmanuel Painturaud sera ensuite mis en fûts de chêne pour un vieillissement de 5 ans sur les jeunes qualités de Pineau des Charentes et 12 ans sur les Vieux Pineaux. L’assemblage se pratique également sur le Pineau des Charentes avec le même objectif que pour celui du cognac ; permettre à chaque consommateur de reconnaître et d’apprécier le Pineau de son choix.

Our Expertise

Our 40 hectares vineyard is based in Grande Champagne, 1st Cru of Cognac appellation. Thanks to this unique terroir we are able to make very fine eau-de-vies, which can be aged in oak barrels for decades.

We are very concerned about our environment. Twenty years ago, we committed to a “culture raisonnée” and received in 2017 the label HVE (Haute Valeur Environnementale), level 3, the highest level.Logo HVE (Haute Valeur Environnementale)

We have our own still to make our cognac, commonly named Charentais still. This one is mainly destined to cognac production and is only made of copper. Our distilling process is based on a double distillation.

Once eau-de-vie is produced, we are going to store it in our typical cellars where it’s going to be aged for many years (from 5 to more than 80 years). After aging, The Maitre de Chai assembles eaux-de-vie of different ages, just as an alchemist, and creates a real harmony. This expertise allows every consumer to recognise and appreciate the Cognac of their choice.

In the family we are also Pineau des Charentes makers, subtle  blending between young cognac and fresh grape juice. This mix will aged in oaked barrels like cognac from 5 to more than 50 years in our cellar.

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