Direct Import Jean Luc Pasquet Organic CognacsA wonderful discovery, the Cognacs of father-son team, Jean Luc and Jean Pasquet, are equally a welcome relief in a market dominated by mass-marketed brands. Jean-Luc began working alongside his uncle Albert in 1971 on an estate from the Grande Champagne sub-region that had been in the family since 1730. Assuming full ownership in 1973, Jean-Luc's drive to express the most pure and distinctive expressions from Grande Champagne terroir led to the estate winning organic certification in 1998. Today the vineyard is majority planted with Ugni Blanc (76%), Montils (8%) and Folle Blanche (16%), the latter reintroduced in recognition of its ability to produce eaux de vie of great finesse. With traditional hand-harvests, viticultural and cellar practices, including indigenous yeasts and zero sulphur, this house is the epitome of the word 'artisan' in every sense of the meaning. If you are a brandy enthusiast, JLP should be on your radar as a leader in the quality and value stakes.