La Gabarre: Grosperrin, Mestreau

From his youth spent in Burgundy, Jean Grosperrin learned the taste of wines and stored in his memory the smell of the distillation still which used to come to the family estate to distill the marc. Later, he became a traveling distiller and this took him in Haute-Marne area to Montpellier. Here, at the age of 4, he took a wine and spirits course and successfully passed his professional qualification certificate (BTS).

By coincidence, his travels took him in 1990 to Cognac, to visit a vendor of distillation stills. “I re-discovered spirits, and Cognac and then passed my exam to be a broker, I then went on to be a merchant. But in 1998 and 1999 the economic situation was difficult. I was lucky enough to meet a merchant whose business had been established five generations ago and who was seeking to sell off part of his stock of old brandies. I fell in love with them straight away and bought the stock immediately without having a prospective market for them. I’m a bit of a gambler.”

From this amazing discovery, Jean Grosperrin will sell vintages from 1944 to 1974, a beautiful collection that we are proud to carry in the Philippines.