The Beau family is one of the oldest Bouilleurs de Cru – artisanal cognac distillers – in Segonzac, the heart of Cognac’s first growth, known as the Grande Champagne region. Samuel Beau started distilling in 1895, bottling and selling part of his cognacs under his own name, which at that time was quite unusual. By 1914 following both Samuel’s death and the beginning of World War I, Samuel’s son, Paul, took over the family business. While he kept distilling, he decided to stop bottling the family’s eaux de vie. 1977 saw the rebirth of this activity: the Beau family, meticulously taking care of its 200 plus acres, all located in Grande Champagne, have since then kept bot- tling their cognacs under the Maison Paul Beau brand as homage to their ancestors. A majority of the vineyard is planted with the Ugni Blanc grape. On a tiny fraction Colombard is grown.
The Hors d’Age is made from Cognacs that average 30 years old. No caramel, sugar, or boisé are added going against common practice in Cognac.