Borderies is key to the house style and Camus owns 188 hectares (464 acres) in Borderies, the largest vineyard holding in the cru of all cognac houses. La Gîte is the main domain of the Camus family, set deep in the heart of the Borderies Cru and built in a magnificent Charente style, this estate was bought in 1991 by Jean-Paul Camus. Château du Plessis, also in Borderies is the Camus family home and where they host guests. The foundations of this castle date back to the sixteenth century.
Altogether, Camus’ impressive estates comprise 280 hectares (691 acres) of vineyards. However, these only supply a small percentage of their requirements, so the house also buys aged eaux-de-vie from bouilleurs de cru, most of which the company has dealt with for generations.
Although most cognac houses now really solely on Ugni Blanc grapes, Camus is one of the few houses to also use Folle Blanche grape eaux-de-vie, believing this harder to cultivate grape variety adds elegance and lightness to their blends. For the vinification, all the grapes are pressed within two hours of harvesting and the juice is fermented for around six days, at a controlled temperature between 22° and 26°C, with three different strains of yeasts, selected to develop specific aromas and reflect the best from the terroir.
Unusually Camus distil both with and without lees to extract the best aromatics from each wine, but distil all the wines from Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne on the lees to add extra body to these particularly elegant crus.
Camus uses a patented and bespoke distillation process which involves sampling the heads as they are extracted, litre by litre, with a portion of these heads, selected for their highly concentrated aroma, then blended with the heart of the distillate to produce intensely aromatic cognacs.