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Maison Villevert buys Celtic Whisky Compagnie

G’Vine owner Maison Villevert has acquired French whisky producer the Celtic Whisky Compagnie for an undisclosed sum.

Maison Villevert
Jean-Sébastien Robicquet and Jean Donnay

The Celtic Whisky Compagnie was founded by Martine and Jean Donnay in 1997 and produces two French whiskies: Glann Ar Mor and Kornog. The distillery is located in Brittany.

Jean-Sébastien Robicquet, founder and director of Maison Villevert, said: “I am full of admiration for Martine and Jean Donnay’s hard work and success over the past 20 years. Together, they have demonstrated their passion, conviction, expertise and a thirst for excellence, with spectacular results.”

Glann Ar Mor and Kornog will join Maison Villevert’s portfolio of brands, which includes Nouaison gin, June gin liqueur, La Quintinye Vermouth Royal, La Guilde du Cognac and Excellia Tequila.

The whiskies have so far been distributed by “several prestigious merchants” and have also been available in numerous Michelin-starred restaurants in France and abroad. Robicquet plans to use Maison Villevert’s distribution network, created in 2015, in France and internationally to grow the whiskies’ availability.

Martine and Jean Donnay added: “We have been convinced by Jean-Sébastien’s vision and passion, and are highly confident on the fact that he will pursue our quest for excellence, while allowing Celtic Whisky Compagnie to develop itself internationally.”

In 2018, William Grant & Sons moved into Cognac production in partnership with Robicquet and his La Guild du Cognac brand.

That same year, G’Vine became the fourth member of Waldemar Behn’s travel retail joint venture, the Family Brands Alliance.

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