Not only has Grey Goose shifted vodka's image as a rough-and-tumble, exclusively-Soviet spirit, but it's elevated the quality to a level that others who have been in the space for much, much longer struggle to compete with. Not bad for an 18 year old distillery that, if it were a human in America, could not legally drink itself. Last month we were graciously invited by Grey Goose creator Francois Thibault to check out the brand's new home—a gorgeously restored 17th Century manor house outside Cognac. It's not open to the public, but we have the next-best thing: a grand photo tour of the property.
Go ahead, make yourself at home.