Foucauld (Lucien Foucauld)
Foucauld was once a brand with a high reputation, whose cognacs were sent all over the world. Lucien Foucauld started this company in 1847 and it was his passion that ensured it was a cognac that could be counted among the best of his time. He belonged to that select group of men who ensured that the name cognac became known throughout the world.
In 1894 his son Marc joined him. He took over leadership in 1899. They shipped their cognacs to more than fourty countries around the world. It certainly wasn’t a small company. They had their buildings in Rue Pascal Combeau, Rue de Bellefonds, Rue des Cordeliers and Rue de la Chambre (this last street is now named Rue Henri Coquillaud).
Why, we don’t know exactly, but like many other medium-sized cognac companies Lucien-Foucauld was also bought by Michel Coste in 1977: the brand name, the buildings and the stocks. Michel Coste had started buying up companies around 1969. He founded his company Compagny Commerciale de Guyenne (CCG or CDG) in 1976. He then bought Meukow in 1979 and Rouyer Guillet in 1989. In 1987 Claude Brugerolle – who had helped Michel Coste from the very beginning – joined him, he and his company. So now there were four major brands under one roof: Brugerolle, Lucien-Foucauld, Meukow and Rouyer Guillet. Other brands of interest included Réau, Georges Courant, Favreau and Richard. But of all of these brands Meukow is now number one.
Old cognacs from Lucien-Foucauld can still be found on auction sites, in particular some very old vintages like 1811, 1834, 1847, 1848, 1865, 1875, 1878 and 1932. But also some VSOP’s, three stars or even five stars (or five crowns).