Story Charles Huvet
In1835, a young visionary, Charles Huvet at only 20 years old, started his own Cognac House. This passionate creator from the city of Saintes founded the Maison Charles Huvet & Co and quickly developed a strong reputation. He surrounded himself with talented experts and established himself at an astonishing pace.
Charles Huvet was also remarkable in the way that he promoted a sensational style of living. A lover of the Anglo-Saxon world, he divided his time between Paris, London and New York and developed his reputation as a dandy. The relationships that he made were crucial to support to support the prosperity of his business. This dual role of Cognac entrepreneur and socialiser solidified his position as an ambassador to chic way of French life.
From 1860 onwards thanks to his own commercial mind and the talent of his cellar masters, the house of Charles Huvet stood out as one of the most prestigious of its time. In 1863 from a base in Gimeaux Street, Cognac, the house expanded its presence by increasing its boutiques in Paris. The following year, he strengthened his reputation across the Channel by opening an additional bar in London at 16 Water Lane. It was so successful that the house opened a new outlet in the British capital a few years later. This eau de vie quickly emerged as a favourite cognac of the aristocracy, poets, writers and artists.
Above all, Charles Huvet embodies the new wave that came from London called "dandyism" which Oscar Wild epitomised and he was devoted to beauty and decadence. Charles Huvet inscribed his bottle with “Old Brandy” as a tribute to the culture of which he was so fond.
Cognac was shipped worldwide in barrels from Tonnay-Charente in barrels, quarter-casks and cases of 12 bottles. During the first half of1886, consumption in New York exceeded 4938 gallons of spirits of (nearly 19,000 litres).
On the eve of his 60th birthday, Charles Huvet passed away at his family home. Today, his descendants promote the same blend of traditional values and avant-gardism. In line with their ancestor it is their wish to be ambassadors of a unique way of life.