Chateau d'Orignac has been owned by the Meyer family for several generations. The 20-hectare vineyard is located in the heart of the Cognac appellation on gently rolling limestone slopes near the Gironde estuary, 50km south of Cognac in the Fins Bois appellation.
Owner Yvan Meyer is technical director for the famous Sichel Family of Bordeaux négociants and growers, but in his spare time he comes back to his beautiful family home at Château d'Orignac to make superb Cognac and Pineau des Charentes.
His vineyards, which share the estate with arable fields and a small herd of Limousin cattle, are planted with ugni blanc, colombard, merlot and cabernet sauvignon, the first two varieties for Cognac, the latter pair for his sublime Pineau des Charentes. Both are made to Yvan's exacting standards, for example ageing in 360-litre casks for longer than their respective appellation rules require, and with a great deal of pride.