The company was founded in 1863. Our ancestors have worked the land,
cultivated vineyards and cereals. After many years they turned to
Our establishment is in Libourdeau, in the village of Linars, located on a
beautiful hill, in the heart of the Charente region.
In 1928, Gaston Roussille makes an assembly of Cognac and Pineau. The
beginning was very difficult. The war breaks out & he leaves on 2nd
September 1939. He comes back armed with his strong character and he is
determined to succeed. He believes he should invest.
After the war the economy picks up again and with his means he
establishes a bigger vineyard and builds a still so he can work and produce
his Cognac and Pineau.
The company begins to pick up and little by little establishes itself. He sells
his products in the period 1943 / 1950 in bordering departments of the
Charente and occasionally throughout France.
Given his success, Gaston Roussille wants to progress further. He considers
himself a developer of the Pineau des Charentes and he believes it firmly.
In 1954 he starts exhibiting at the biggest international trade shows such as
the Salon International de l’Agriculture in Paris, Rouen, Lille, Dijon,
Charleroi, Liège, Lyon, Nancy, Bruxelles ... . Over the years he develops
links with his customers who remain faithful to him.
His work ethic ensures he maintains the consistent quality of his products
and that customer deliveries and exhibitions are executed professionally.
His son, Christian, receives on-the job training. Gradually he takes over the
management of the establishment. The growth of business helps to finance
the building of the distillery with two new stills; a new cellar enables the
storage of barrels for the ageing of Cognac and Pineau. Storage tanks in
reinforced concrete are built to store the wine while others are destined to
recover rainwater and save on the use of tap water.
In 1978 Pascal Roussille, grandson of Gaston, after studying wine growing
and oenology, joins the company. He starts by going through all the
different roles. First he works in the vineyards with employees, improves
himself in the culture of the grapevine and receives all the family traditions
from his grandfather (died in 1982). More and more he takes part in the
elaboration of the Pineau and Cognac. He continues to improve by
participating in practical training courses regarding brandy tasting at the
University of Brandy in Cognac. Despite the death of his father Christian in
1994 he still perpetuates traditional methods of production.
A new generation is born and hopefully it will pursue the work already
accomplished. Only the future will tell!
At present the property is still family owned with 30 hectares of vineyards
and the Pineau and Cognac stocks continue to grow significantly.
Since it was created in 1981 we are present at VINEXPO and we have
turned deliberately towards the export market. Belgium, Italy, England,
Taiwan, Luxembourg, Denmark, Tokyo, Switzerland, Canada, Singapore,
Poland, Burkina-Faso, Martinique, Ireland ... are our principal export
We make particular efforts to develop export without neglecting our