Origins

The House of Monnet

In the beginning

The House of Monnet was founded in 1838 by an association of vineyard owners in southwest France. Their company, which was initially named Société des Propriétaires Vinicoles de Cognac, was presided over and then purchased by Jean-Gabriel Monnet, who gave it his name in 1897 and chose as its emblem the salamander.

A more perfect union

Jean-Gabriel’s son, Jean Monnet, succeeded his father at the head of the House during the interwar period before embarking on an illustrious political career. A man of talent and vision, he went on to play a foundational role of his own, as chief architect of the European Union and one of the founding fathers of Europe.

In the 1920’s, Monnet was depicted as “sun in a glass” by celebrated artist Cappiello.

An ascending star

Over the course of the 20th century, the House of Monnet continued to gain recognition for the unique character and exceptional quality of its cognacs. As its fame spread, international markets opened their doors. The interwar period was a time of particular glory for the brand, as depicted in the famous “sun in a glass” poster created by the celebrated designer Leonetto Cappiello in 1927. During the 1950’s, Monnet became the official supplier of the Royal Court of Sweden, as well as one of the top 10 cognacs in the United States. By the close of the century, Monnet had reached the shores of every continent.

The future is now

Today, the House of Monnet continues to win the hearts of free-spirited men and women around the world, while receiving enthusiastic recognition at prestigious competitions both near and far. As the House progresses toward its 200th anniversary, it is more committed than ever to the founding principles of quality, generosity and authenticity that inspired its creation in 1838.

The salamander : fire and magic

Legend, myth and symbolism have long surrounded the salamander, ascribing it magical powers.

A fiery reputation

The personal emblem of Renaissance King François I, the salamander has reigned over the House of Monnet since its selection by Jean-Gabriel Monnet in 1897. Legend, myth and symbolism have long surrounded this mysterious creature, ascribing it magical powers, in particular the ability to withstand fire. Pliny the Elder believed that its body was cold enough to extinguish flame. The Talmud claimed that salamanders were born of fire and could provide protection from it. Leonardo da Vinci believed that salamanders found nourishment in it, as well as a means of regeneration, while his contemporary Paracelsus considered the salamander to be the elemental of fire itself.

Follow the salamander, awaken the senses, liberate the spirit and reveal the fire and magic within.

An intriguing invitation

Forged in the fiery pot still, our cognac is mystically bound with the salamander in its wondrous affinity for heat and flame. At Monnet, the enigmatic, multifaceted salamander offers an invitation to embark on a true voyage of discovery. Harnessing all the noblest attributes of fire, it is a warm and worthy initiator into the secrets of our cognac. Endowed with the ability to regenerate lost or injured limbs, it is also a master of growth and eternal renewal. Those curious enough to follow the Monnet salamander will be rewarded with a fantastic journey that awakens the senses, liberates the spirit and reveals the fire and magic within.