In 1870, phylloxera wrecked European vineyards. L’Hermitage, thanks to its dark clay soil was miraculously saved. The insect could not reach the vine roots. Pierre Lambert sold his eaux-de-vie at a very high price so he could build the ‘Charentaise’ house, where Théophile still lives. Pierre’s sons, Léopold and Camille followed their father’s work. Anne-Marie and her husband Michel launched the ‘Giboin’ brand in the 1960’s, which François and his wife Brigitte made grow. Théophile and Pierre-Louis are now the 7th generation.
South-Charente and Dordogne used to be large wine-making regions before the phylloxera changed the game. The Giboin family used to work as distillers and traders in eau-de-vie in Champagne-Fontaine and Blanzaguet, where there are no vines left now. Apremont house and surrounding constructions were built more than 2 centuries ago on the top of a hill. The Bouvier brothers used to be traders in eau-de-vie there, just like the Giboins. Marie-Thérèse Bouvier and Rémi Giboin’s wedding in 1925 reunited 2 families of distillers-traders.