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The Dudognon family have grown grapes in the small town of Lignières-Sonneville since 1776. This region is the heart of the famed Grande Champagne of Cognac, whose soil is largely composed of Campanian chalk. Spirits from this premier cru are especially renowned for their tremendous length. After the Second World War, Raymond Dudognon raised the domaine’s reputation to new levels with his close attention to detail and minimal intervention of his spirits.
Raymond Dudognon was born on January 26, 1927 in Lignieres-Sonneville, next to Ambleville and about 10 kilometres south of Segonzac. Raymond came from a long line of cognac distillers, dating back to his great grandfather, Paulin.
In 1946, Raymond took over the reigns from his father and distilled the first cognacs of his own, performing the alambic alchemy in a small, wood-fueled still. At the time, most small cognac producers practiced polyculture, and amidst sunflowers and corn, Raymond had just over 5 hectares (13 acres) of vines. In 1948 Raymond married Pierrette, and over the next decade they had three daughters. During this time, Raymond also tore up some of his workhorse crops and replanted the land with vines, arriving at just under 35 hectares (86 acres).