Château de Cognac

Otard, also known as Château de Cognac, also known as Château François is a French cognac house founded in 1795 by Jean-Baptiste Antoine Otard. The company has remained in the hands of the same family since its establishment. The firm is based in the Château des Valois (Château de Cognac), Cognac, Charente, it's home since 1796.

James Otard

Baron James Otard

James Otard fought alongside Louis XIV of France and was created a Baron in 1701. It was his great-grandson, Jean-Baptiste Antoine Otard, born near to the town of Cognac, who created the cognac trading house bearing his name in 1795.

Château de Cognac cellars

Château de Cognac cellars

The family-owned vineyards around the town of Cognac and were already distilling and aging “Eau-de-vie”. The following year he bought the Château de Cognac, built in the 10th century to protect the villagers from Norman invaders, as a base for his business. The cellars of the château, which can be visited, are still used for storing and aging the casks of cognac.

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