House and hosts
Your stay at the Relais de Saint Preuil, the experience of a personalized immersion in the heart of the Pays du Cognac
- Christine, your hostess at the Relais de Saint Preuil
Dive into the heart of the Cognac region, experience an off-the-beaten track experience in Grande Champagne, the first vintage of Cognac vineyard, sharing the time, passion and secrets of those whose families elaborate for generations the liqueur of the gods ...
Christine Montembault hosts you to her home, in her property nestled in the heart of the Cognac vineyard.
After a warm welcome, Christine makes you discover the way of life of a French family, cooking typical dishes of the region. Moreover, Christine will be happy to share with you her good addresses, recommend restaurants, make reservations for you or help you plan your visits.
Christine strives to satisfy wishes of her guests during their stay
Experiences to live
- Live unforgettable experiences with Jean-Luc, your Cognac guide
Jean-Luc, Christine’s husband, can design a complete travel program in the Pays du Cognac to meet your needs and interests. Jean-Luc may organize for you an excursion, a tasting, a Masterclass workshop, an air balloon flight, a visit to a cooperage or a craftperson.
Jean-Luc will lead you to the heart of the vineyard where he will open for you discrete doors usually closed behind which you will discover some of the secrets of the cognac elaboration and where you can meet winegrowers and distillers whose families produce cognacs with a strong personality for generations.
Jean-luc makes you live unforgettable experiences off the beaten track in the vineyard of Cognac
- One of the two beautiful Romanesque churches located at a walking distance from the Relais
The Relais de Saint Preuil is one of the few hamlets representative of Charentais architecture of the 17th century. Its remarkable site in the slopes of the vineyard of Grande Champagne and its careful renovation in respect of local architectural traditions make it one of the most beautiful guest houses in France.
The charm of the old days blends for the best with a discreet and subtle decoration as well as the comfort of our era.
You can have up to fourteen luxury rooms, organized in four independent rooms and four family suites and apartments, which fulfill the highest requirements for seminars, family reunions, celebrations or private weekends.
In addition to its quality accommodation in the Grande Champagne vineyards, the Relais is also the best place for connoisseurs from all over the world in search of cognacs with a strong personality and aged for decades in traditional family wineries.
- In the village of Saint Preuil lie a Remy Martin vineyard and a Hennessy vineyard, seen here from the top of the hill opposite the Relais
The Relais de Saint Preuil is located in the heart of the vineyard of Grande Champagne.
The discovery of this vineyard offers surprises. Here are a few :
You should not confuse the vineyards of Champagne and Grande Champagne
As in Champagne (where the famous French sparkling wine is produced), the product elaborated in Grande Champagne is world famous: the premier cru cognac.
The Grande Champagne vineyard is part of the largest vineyard of white wines in the world and the second largest vineyard in France (78,000 ha or 190.000 acres): the vineyard of Cognac.
In Grande Champagne there is the largest concentration of traditional distilleries in the world, far ahead of Scotland.
Some young cognacs from Grande Champagne are used to make Pineau des Charentes but also ... Port !
- Harvest in Remy Martin vineyard just next to the Relais de Saint Preuil
In Grande Champagne, cognac is also drunk as an aperitif and pineau des Charentes as a digestif.
In Grande Champagne, to find cognacs of 40 years of age and more is common. Here, the art of giving time to time is cultivated. It’s our real luxury
The Grande Champagne is the country of the Slow Attitude: locals like to sit down and take time to enjoy a good cognac. Segonzac, its capital, is the first French town labeled Cittą Slow.