The Laclie family roots date back to 1773 in the Charente-Maritime region where the earliest family artifacts originate from the village of Fontenet, near St. Jean D’Angely. They were a family of millers providing flour to the Royal Family. It was a noble business and they fostered it until 1915 when WWI (1914-1918) depleted the men in the village who left to serve their country. Ten generations later, the Laclie family still live in proximity to Saint Jean D’Angely.
The family began its relationship with Cognac on November 8, 1920 when René Laclie married Hélène Raffin, the daughter of Leopold Raffin, who had a passion for distilling eaux-de-vies. Leopold Raffin was a man of passion and patience. Throughout his life, he sought to acquire the best vineyards and to distill the highest quality eaux-de-vies in the pursuit of producing world-renowned Cognac. Proud and passionate, he passed along his gift
and distilling secrets to his children with the dream that they would continue his craft in the next generation. Hélène Raffin and René Laclie carried out Leopold’s vision. Hélène’s artistic and avant-garde personality coupled with her husband Rene’s gift for quality distilling made the perfect team to carry on the family business.