In the idyllic commune of Juillac-le-Coq, a handsome 17th century manor sits proudly among sun-dappled vineyards, the pride of Cognac country. Inside, however, it is vodka that anchors the essence of Le Logis, the painstakingly restored heritage building that was relaunched as a private mansion by Grey Goose in 2013. It is a beautiful home, as its French name suggests, for the exploration of the drink that was created by Francois Thibault and Sidney Frank more than 20 years ago.
Originally a Cognac Maitre de Chai, Thibault had cognac flowing through his veins having grown up in the region—yet, upon Frank’s proposition, he realised that his unique experience and steadfast dedication to utilising the best ingredients from the land would be able to create something entirely different. With his deep-rooted expertise in spirits making and passion for the produce of his homeland, Thibault was able to apply his knowledge to the art of creating vodka, rooted in the idea of provenance—every bottle of Grey Goose is built from single origin soft winter wheat from Picardie (the very same used by the best French bakers), and natural spring water from Gensac-la-Pallue, the result being a truly French spirit that is 100% traceable from field to bottle.