The Family

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OWNER & PRESIDENT

Kathleen Gentzbourger

Chabot Owner

Kathleen Gentzbourger resonates all that is noble and authentic in Chabot. Stepping into the family’s leadership role in 2015, Kathleen has a profound knowledge of the Chabot Armagnac journey from its 'terroir' and ‘vendange’ to its art, innovation and global distribution. With 20 years of company experience across three continents plus an MBA from Stanford University her work ethic is strong and capable. Traits, along with resiliency, that she instills in her three children, raised internationally speaking English, French and Mandarin. A firm believer in the traditional values of family, integrity and heritage, Kathleen epitomises the Chabot philosophy. Her heart-felt mission is to continue growing Chabot as a global Armagnac brand, unlocking its depth of taste worldwide.

Kathleen is as passionate about the family business as was her husband Marc and his father before him, John Gentzbourger.

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LEGACY

Marc and John Gentzbourger

Marc and John were well known and highly respected faces in the luxury wine and spirit industry. John will always be remembered for his important role in the meteoric rise of leading duty-free retailer DFS, whilst building solid foundations for Chabot. His pioneering spirit lived on through son Marc who traveled extensively to grow his knowledge and experience of the liquor industry. In 1997, he formed his own distribution company MG Cellars in order to best 'premiumise' Chabot Armagnac globally. Marc was a passionate sportsman and a keen entrepreneur; competitive by nature, he believed that only the best would do. Chabot is a direct reflection of his noble and striving attitude.

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CELLAR MASTER

Jean Pierre Matignon

The master of the Chabot cellars, Jean Pierre Matignon, known to all as Mati, a true Gascon, lovingly cares for the Armagnac during its maturation and natural evolution. Impassioned by nature, the harvest 'vendange', hunting, fishing, cuisine and friends, he finds himself well situated. Living life at just the right rhythm in the hills of Gascony, Mati is an integral part of Chabot's story - one that has been evolving steadily and harmoniously since the early days of Armagnac.

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Chabot Story

After almost two centuries, recalled by stock that dates back to 1888, new chapters are still being added to the Chabot story. With modern production methods and cutting-edge equipment, the plot grows more refined. However, the main themes of the tale remain unchanged: commitment to excellence and to honouring the brand’s rich heritage. Chabot owns and manages 100% of its operations, from the vineyards to the vinification plant to the distiller and bottling plant, ensuring an unswerving attention to detail at every stage of the process. The Armagnac’s undisputed quality has carried the brand from humble beginnings, through challenging times to its current success. Chabot now proudly distributes to 96 countries across the globe.

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