In 1910, Louis GIRAUD began working for a maison de cognac overseeing the aging of their eaux de vie. His son Alfred GIRAUD, and later his grandson André GIRAUD, succeeded him as Cellar Masters until 1990. The fourth generation, Jean-Pierre GIRAUD, managed the company from 1986 to 1992. Breaking with tradition, Philippe GIRAUD, the fifth generation, joined a renowned producer of Scotch whisky in 1995. Later, to celebrate his heritage and pass it on to the next generations, he created Alfred GIRAUD French Malt Whisky
The house of GIRAUD is a fully independent operation that draws on:
A family heritage of cellar masters
The best whisky distillates in France, including that of the Distillerie de Saint Palais, their partner in the Cognac region
André GIRAUD’s expertise in wood and aging techniques, as well as his family’s oak forestry operation located in Limousin
The family’s rare ex-cognac casks, which are re-used for maturing the whisky
The expertise of renowned Cellar Master Georges Clot
Born into a winemaking family in Cognac. Louis GIRAUD worked as a cask maker at the Drouet cooperage from 1873 to 1905.
In 1910, he joined a maison de cognac where he worked and perfected his skills in production, blending and aging until his retirement. Before leaving, he trained and groomed his son Alfred GIRAUD in the same skills.
The young Alfred trained in the art of cask making with his father at the Drouet cooperage from 1900. In 1910, he joined the same maison de cognac as his father. Alfred left the company to serve as a soldier for France in World War I. In 1914, Germans captured Alfred and held in Berlin as a prisoner of war until 1918.
After the war, Alfred returned to the maison de cognac as Cellar Master until his retirement in 1954. He remained involved with the company until 1960, training his son, André GIRAUD, to become the next Cellar Master of the company.
As a teenager, André GIRAUD trained as a cask maker under the tutelage of his father, Alfred GIRAUD. He joined him in the same maison de cognac in October 1940 and succeeded him as the company’s Cellar Master from 1960 until he retired in 1990. During those years, he accelerated the use of modern technology in the cognac cellars.
André currently lives in the renowned region of Limousin where he contributes to the forestry operation of his family.
He supplies wood for some new casks and also sources rare casks for aging Alfred GIRAUD French Malt Whisky.
Jean-Pierre GIRAUD joined the same maison de cognac as the previous three generations, working through multiple positions including Managing Director from 1986 to 1992.
Today Jean-Pierre GIRAUD serves as the Production Director at Alfred GIRAUD French Malt Whisky.
In 1991, Philippe GIRAUD joined a French spirits company, where he worked as an International Brand Manager until moving to a Scotch whisky producer from 1995 to 2004.
He then became an independent distributor of spirits, including distinguished single malt scotch whiskies. With his family, Philippe founded Alfred GIRAUD French Malt Whisky to merge their expertise, maintain the family’s heritage and pass it on to the next generations.
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