The Dutchman Augustin Godet settled in Marennes on the Atlantic coast in 1600 and exported salt and brandy to Holland (which was the largest buyer of the then so-called Brandewijn) and England. In 1638 he founded the famous Cognac House and laid down three principles: 1) respecting the nobility of the Grande Champagne region, 2) allowing the distillates to mature for a long time and 3) to assemble them to perfection. This is still observed today by the still family-owned Champagne house based in La Rochelle and the cognac
exported to around 50 countries worldwide. The large product range of mostly older qualities includes, for example, the "Cuvée Jean Godet", the VSOP "Gastronome Fine Champagne", the VSOP "Selection", the Napoleon "Excellence" and the figureheads "Grande Fine Champagne Extra vieille" and still available special bottling "150th Anniversary 1838-1988". There are original bottles in, for example, the shape of decanters, a Napoleon statue and a porcelain anchor.