Louis Edmond Boutelleau started his company in Barbezieux in 1849 where they were well known and successful for more than a century. Their full name was Union des propriétaires de Vignobles Boutelleau et Cie., like on the last botlle (which is a magnum) Champagne Vineyard Proprietors is another name they have used.
A distillery and storehouses were built on Rue Sadi Carnot no. 18 in Barbezieux. Around 1922 the company had become a limited partnership with a capital of 2 million francs, the shareholders being predominantly winemakers.
At their peak they had eight alambics of 10hl and three of 30hl.
Production was stopped in 1980. The company was sold to Tiffon including brand name and supplies. For some time Tiffon has bottled and sold the old stocks under the name Boutelleau, probably until early 1990s. They can be recognized by the fact that there is Jarnac in the address instead of Barbezieux (see the XO bottle and the VSOP cognaçaise).
An interesting piece of information is that this Boutelleau is family of Jacques Chardonne, the writer. Jacques Chardonne was the nom de plume of Jacques Boutelleau. From 1921 to 1959 he was with Maurice Delamain also director of publishing house Éditions Stock. The Delamains and Boutelleau’s were friends from childhood.
Other brand names produced by Boutelleau:
- Jules Lennox & Co.
- Jules Martin
- Richard Panelle
- Jean Pierart & Co.
- Francis Beaufort
- Boman & Co.