Godet, 462 years of adventure
Gédéon I GODET
Gédéon II GODET
4 th Generation
Jean Godet was raised to knighthood by Louis XIV. Knight, Counselor of the king, he was also appointed as a perpetual mayor of the town of Fontenais. His coat of arms was blazoned with “d’argent à trios godets de sables, pose en 2 et en 1, et une étoile de même, posé en abîme ».
5 th Generation
6 th Generation
Gédéon Louis GODET.
7 th Generation
Openness to the world
Gédéon-Louis GODET. He registered GODET as a trading company and was the first to use branded bottles. Being recognized as a sensible businessman and with extensive business connections across Europe, he was chosen to be the Vice-Commissioner of the Dutch navy and Office of Commerce.
Augustin J. GODET.
9 th generation
Birth of a classic Gastronome
Augustin Godet is famous for having combined a sharp sense of innovation and heavy penchant for gastronomy. Looking for a way to temper the disastrous effects of his enormous and renowned suppers, he focused on a new Brandy distillation technique. The cognac “Gastronome” was born: dry and floral, aged for a minimum of fourteen years in oak barrels, this blend has since become the Godet’s signature cognac.
August J. GODET.
10 th Generation
Growing-up surrounded by the love of Cognac. He married Louise HIVERT, the heiress of one of the main spirit trading houses in La Rochelle: HIVERT & PELLEVOISIN
The Great Depression
The first Phylloxera crisis hit France in 1863, originating from America. This crisis badly damaged almost all European vineyards. The consequences were particularly intense in the Aunis area, and unfortunately especially around La Rochelle, where all vines had to be uprooted. The vineyards were consequently moved down to the region surrounding the towns of Cognac, Jarnac and Ségonzac. The more susceptible “Folle Blanche” vines were replaced by the more robust ‘’Ugni Blanc’’.
11 th Generation
The Phylloxera crisis presented the industry with many challenges and launched the production of Brandy into a new era. Two brothers, Paul and Louis GODET had control of the company at the time and while Paul ran the business from his property at Clavier, Louis took charge of the production located in the abbey of Grâce-Dieu.
12 th Generation
"The future has a history"
Spotting a lucrative business opportunity when he saw one, Jean GODET moved to New-York whilst prohibition was at its heights and remarkably managed all of his business out of the Big Apple. Even in such strange, restricted times there was still an unquenchable market for Cognac. Jean GODET built warehouses in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, just behind the Canadian border Canada from where he would supply Cognac to famous Americans such as Schenlé and even Al Capone.
Jean Godet commissions his first yacht in La Rochelle.
Birth of Cognac AOC
Specific borders drawn-up of the production area around the town of Cognac, with six classified grape growing areas: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois, Bons Bois, Bois Ordinaires.
13 th Generation
"The future has a history"
Jacques GODET started to work for the Maison GODET whilst he was still a junior graduate from HEC.
Along with his father, he heard General De Gaulle’s call for resistance, on the 18th of June 1940. He joined the Resistance with the “Alliance” movement and became sector chief in the South-West of France until early 1944, before serving as a staff-officer for the movement in London.
Cognac GODET was sequestered by the German forces in April 1942 because of Jacques’ known resistance activities. However he managed to instruct his store manager to save the best bottles by burying them in the garden. Those bottles remained hidden throughout the war and the Maison GODET is still working on assemblages with those very rare, historic brandies.
Jacques Godet, was, like his father, obsessive about sailing. He acquired the yacht Rhapsodie and competed in yacht-races across Europe. He was renowned as a yachtsman and his wife, Brigitte would accompany him onboard acting as a mother-figure for the crew members such as the young Eric Tabarly (a famous French navigator and pioneer). Rhapsodie sank in the Caribbean, victim of a typhoon in 1967.
Jacques Godet bought a ketch and named her Rhapsodie II and kept on racing until 1980 with his son Jean-Jacques and Edouard d’Hemery. Rhapsodie II now lives between Brazil and Africa.
Jean Jacques GODET.
14 th generation
"Make room has Excellence"
The Maison GODET is sold for family reasons to the Gran Metropolitan Group (now Diajo) and hires Jean-Jacques GODET as CEO and coined the expression “Future Comes From Our History”. Creates the XO “Excellence” an assemblage of Borderies, Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne cognacs that have all been aged for 25 years. This XO was chosen for Elizabeth II’s Jubillee celibrations.
Creation of the champagne Maxime GODET, Montagne de Verzy 1er cru.
Jean-Jacques Godet acquires Rhapsodie III, a Baltic, and has since raced it in the Atlantic and Mediterranean oceans. It is the first ever French boat to win the Giraglia Race.
Creation of “Epicure” (a blend of Folle Blanche vintages). Epicure is marvelous way to appreciate the original grapes used in Cognac. Folle Blanche is to our family what Brandy is for La Rochelle : the origin of a long adventure.
Jean-Jacques Godet buys back the Maison GODET from Gran Metropolitan group.
Château Haut-Laplagne & Ségla-Laplagne. The Maison GODET buys 10 hectares of vineyards in the appellation Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion.
PEARDISE An adaptation of a cocktail invented by Paul GODET for his beloved wife, Germaine, assembling young cognac and natural essences of pear. Peardise is usually drunk on ice.
Jean Edouard GODET
15 th Generation
Jean-Jacques Godet launches an expedition to Antarctica, onboard the Golden Fleece. He, and the crew are the first to sail past the 300 km mark below the 70th parallel. The idea of a matured white cognac is born during that long and wintery expedition which lasted two and a half months.www.antarcticagodet.com
Cyril, last of the brothers, graduates from the INSEAD and joins the group responsible for developing the Russian market.
ANTARCTICA, First white cognac ever produced. This is the launching of a new generation of cognacs: crystal-clear, slightly woody, and served “on-ice”, the Maison Godet, once again, is innovating with passion and heart “Future Comes From Our History”