La Rochelle holds a unique position in the History of Cognac because this is the place where distillation technology (originating from the Arab culture) is met with locally produced wine (The Wine of Aunis). The naturally deep and well protected harbor of la Rochelle welcomed maverick & innovative traders such as the Dutch salt merchants. These particular factors gave birth to cognac’s first expression, known as “Dutch burnt wine”, which became “British brandy” in the 18th century and later the “French Cognac” of the 19th century.
Bonaventure Godet, a Dutch salt merchant settled in La Rochelle in the second 1⁄2 of the 16th century and was among the first traders of ”Dutch burnt wine“ that would become so sought after for the centuries to come.15 generations later, it is in this same location that the same family continues its artful craft of transforming nature into culture.
Enjoying a unique cellaring environment with the humid & salty air of the Atlantic Ocean, the Godet House nurtures its barrels with the ocean as the secret ingredient that gives birth to refined & singular cognacs.