A visit to Meukow provides the visitor with an introduction to cognac making and the history of the House of Meukow.
Meukow, was founded by in 1862 by brothers August and Karl Meukow, who originally visited Cognac in service of the Tsar of Russia who hired them buy cognac for the imperial court at St. Petersburg. The Brothers Meukow made their initial visit in 1850. In 1862, August and Karl established the House of Meukow in Cognac with Frenchman Charles Levoie. Henri Bourand, once the Mayor of Cognac, managed the business initially. In 1880, an Englishman Thomas Shepard became a partner. Today, Meukow Cognac is owned by Compagnie de Guyenne.
Meukow is famous for its fine cognac and its iconic feline bottle that features a black panther (see below).
Like all cognacs, Meukow’s cognacs are created through a double distillation process and their blended eaux-de-vie are aged in french oak barrels. Meukow’s eaux-de-vie come from six Cognac Designations of Origin: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Bons Bois, Fins Bois, Borderies and Bois Ordinaires.
Meukow produces a wide range of cogancs including, Meukow VS (very special), Meukow 90 (a 45% alcohol cognac, crafted for mixing), Meukow VSOP Superior , Meukow XO (crafted from a blend of Grande and Petite Champagne eaux-de-vie with Fins and Bons Bois eaux-de-vie), Meukow XO Grand Champagne (made from eaux-de-vie exclusively from Grand Champagne), Meukow Extra (made by Meukow’s cellar master from a blend of the the oldest cognacs kept in Meukow’s Paradis Cellar).
The Meukow House is located near the center of Cognac.
Meukow offers a 45 minute guided tours at the House AC Meukow founded in 1862. The tour includes “innovative and modern visual effects” that enable you to discover Meukow’s history and Meukow “Paradis”. The tour ends with a tasting of three Meukow cognacs. After the tour, visitors are invited to lunch at “Chai Meukow“, a restaurant that specializes in cognac based recipes, including cognac flambées, sauces and marinades.
Meukow tours run:
From 1st May to 30th September
Monday to Saturday: 10.00am – 5.00pm
From 1st October to 30th April
From Monday to Thursday: 10.00am – 12.00am / 1.30pm- 4pm
Friday: 10.00am – 11.00am
26 rue Pascal Combeau
16101 Cognac Cedex
Tél : 05 45 82 32 10
Fax : 05 45 802 79 31