2 cognac properties reunited thanks to Anne-Marie and Michel’s wedding in 1953; Anne-Marie from l’Hermitage; Michel from Apremont.
The Lambert family has been owner of land after the French Revolution in 1789 when lands were divided among the peasants living in the area.
The Giboin family, master-distillers in South-Charente, heavily hit by the phylloxera crisis in 1870.
LAMBERT - GIBOIN families
Reflection of the farming world
Constructions in l’Hermitage and Apremont reflect the changes occured in the French agriculture through generations. From crop-livestock farming, French agriculture has slowly moved to selected monoculture.
In l’Hermitage, haylofts are still full of hay collected years ago to breed livestock. Hay has now thermal insulation purpose.
In Apremont, the dovecote and the barns are relics of the ancestral ways of farming, which have slowly ceased because there are less and less farmers and E.U. politics encouraged higher yields, which are not compatible with mixed farming. Agriculture tends to go backwards nowadays.