The first member of the PRUNIER family to start in Cognac Brandy trade was Jean PRUNIER (1665-1732), a « freeman » of La Rochelle (the main port in those days) and a renowned Cognac expert, who began shipping his wines and Cognacs across the world around 1700.
The family remained in La Rochelle and he was succeeded by his son Gabriel PRUNIER (1711-1790) and his grandson Jean PRUNIER (1741-1804). Having acquired vineyards in the Cognac district around de St-Jean-d’Angély, François PRUNIER (1768-1843) moved to the town of Cognac itself (in the early 19th Century) and started to build up the premises, where the Firm still stands today.
This move to Cognac was in fact finalised by another Jean PRUNIER (1816-1872). He had three sons: the first, Alphonse PRUNIER (1850-1918) became head of the family and took in charge the general management of the Company in Cognac.
The second son, Marcel PRUNIER (1860-1916) lived in Central Europe where he acted for the Maison PRUNIER, spending most of his time between the capitals of Vienna and Moscow. The third son, Gaston PRUNIER settled in Australia where he established a branch of the Company based in Melbourne.
Alphonse PRUNIER died in 1918 leaving the PRUNIER family with no direct descendance. His widow, Camille, therefore called upon her nephew, Jean BURNEZ (1897-1969) who took over the management of the Company. He was succeeded by his son, Claude BURNEZ, who together with his sister, represents the majority share-holding of the Company.
Another generation of this main branch of the PRUNIER family now ensures the continuity of this family Firm, which over the years has acquired a long experience of the Cognac trade.
This cognac, from the best ‘cru’, at this age is balanced between the grape flavours of youth and the wood of the first years of ageing.
Prunier ages stocks reserved for this quality and prepares regularly new blends of approximately 2500 bottles each time...
Family Reserve : « Opening sniffs detect soft scents of candy cane, mint and vegetation ; seven additional minutes of air contact stimulate dessert-like aromas of pear...
Cognac Prunier VSOP - We find the PRUNIER style in this Cognac, that is to say a Cognac very frank in taste, with already a good maturity for this product more based on the structure than on the fruit ....
Cognac Prunier Très Vieille Grande Champagne : A traditional Grande Champagne – sophisticated and complex – a blend of old Cognacs with an average age of 40/45 years...
Cognac Prunier Extra Grande Champagne 1er Cru
Amongst the different grades of cognac the VS quality is the youngest which can be sold after a minimum of 30 months in oak casks.
Cognac Prunier XO Carafe : Young X.O. Of about 15 years.Beautiful Cognac already old. Very nice balance. Long and thin. An excellent value for money.
Cognac Prunier Vintage 1968 Fins Bois
Cognac Prunier Vintage 1980 Petite Champagne : Harvest 1980 - Natural cask strength : 54,8° - Bottled May 2011 - Number of bottles : 625...
Cognac Prunier Vintage 1989 Grande Champagne - Harvest 1989 - Natural cask strength 46,9° - Bottled 2011 - Number of bottles 600
Cognac Prunier Vintage 1991 Petite Champagne - Harvest 1991 - Natural cask strength : 51,5 ° - Bottled 2011 - Number of bottles Limited
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