1957 Le Bourg, 16130 Juillac-le-Coq, France
Le Logis: a French manor house with a modern lookLe Logis, home of Grey Goose, is located in the Cognac region of France. It was a traditional French manor house that dates back to the 17th Century but it has recently been renovated. Today, it boasts 14 modern chick bedrooms with a vintage look and several special areas for various activities, surrounded by vineyards expressing the region’s terroir. Le Logis is not open to the public, only to top-notch mixologists, brand ambassadors, members of the press and VIPs (and the writer who was lucky to get an invitation). With a comfortable living room featuring an excellent liquor selection and even a piano, I am not surprised why they are not any TV sets in the rooms. Le Logis boasts its tasting room where palates are seriously challenged. Casual dinners take place by the pool and the outdoor BBQ but formal meals are taken in the luxurious dining room. The bar is the place to learn to make your alcoholic concoctions. There is also a bakery where guests try their skills in bread making. My favorite of all is the Le Logis kitchen: spacious and rustic, it is a scene from the past that can make you nostalgic; the place to enjoy freshly made croissants and pain au chocolate, aromatic coffees, one-of-a kind jams and the most tasty fruits and eggs of your life. But the most impressive is the host, Francois Thibault, master cellar and the genius behind Grey Goose. Elegant, eloquent and knowledgeable, is on top of his game. He definitely knows what he is making. Great vodka.