Created to put a stop to illegal Calvados production in the Domfrontais region, the Calvados Comte Louis de Lauriston now boasts more than 200 medals and certificates of merit. To this day their cellars house the forgotten treasures from the time of illicit distilling, along with a unique range of vintages from several decades.
The Domfrontais region has always been the home of family farms, separated by rutted tracks and bordered by impenetrable hedges. Its rugged terrain proved to be the ideal terrain for bootleggers. For centuries it was illegally distilled, until one night in 1962 where it all came to a head. Count Louis de Lauriston, then the Secretary General of the Farmers' Federation, was alerted that farmers had been caught, and he arrived on the scene to find a way out of the situation. After long negotiations, it was agreed that the fine imposed on the bootleggers would be cancelled on the condition that a cellar was created and supplied with Calvados that complied with all the customary obligations. Count Louis de Lauriston agreed to be responsible for this project.
In 1962 Count Louis de Lauriston created the Chais du Verger Normand in Domfront to handle the distribution of the Calvados produced by the Domfrontais farmers.
In 1992, the Chais du Verger Normand joined forces with Christian Drouin S.A. for the production and marketing of their Calvados, perries, ciders and pommeau. As part of this agreement, Louis de Lauriston granted Christian Drouin rights to the "Comte Louis de Lauriston" brand on the condition that the quality of the Calvados remain absolutely flawless.