The story begins in 1898, when Jean Janoueix, great-grandfather of Pierre Emmanuel and inhabitant of the Corrèze (a rural department of the center of France), decides to go into the wine trade and sets up as wine merchant in Meymac-près-Bordeaux. At ease with the farmers, himself farmer, he decides to sell the wines to the farms of the Northwest of France, richer than those of the Corrèze.
A few years later, his four sons join him and in 1930, the family acquires its first vineyards in the Bordeaux area. In 1945, the sons decide to separate and François, one of Jean's sons, buys the Château La Bastienne thenclassified "Premier Grand Cru Montagne".
Two years later, Pierre, the elder son of François and father of Pierre-Emmanuel, begins his tours in Normandy to sell his father's wines as his grandfather used to do. The family continues to acquire vineyards around Saint-Emilion, among them the Château Grands Sillons Gabachot in Pomerol, bought by Pierre. It is during one of his tours in Normandy that Pierre meets his wife Antoinette. From then, he definitively lives in Normandy, leaves to his brother and sisters the care, among others, to run its properties and sells the family wines in Normandy. His son Pierre-Emmanuel borns in 1974 and grows up in Normandy.