The museum is on a mezzanine floor overlooking yet more stills and the bottling plant. It houses a fascinating collection of fake bottles and traces the history of advertising through to the present day. Pierre Cointreau now runs the company, the 6th generation of the family to do so. Family members ran the business until 1990, when it merged with Rémy Martin to form a publicly traded company, Rémy Cointreau.
To ensure the aura of warmth stayed with us, our visit ended in the bar where we able to sample Cointreau Noir: Cointreau blended with Cognac, and Cointreau Rouge: made from blood oranges from Corsica. After a glass of Cointreau Fizz we took our leave somewhat later than planned to join other members for lunch. Our thanks to Thomas and the whole team at Cointreau for the enthusiastic welcome and detailed explanations extended to our group on this memorable visit.
After the fascinating visit to Cointreau's distillery, we made our way to the Brithotel near Parc du Bons Puits, where forty-two members and guests, including some potential new members, sat down to an enjoyable lunch, which was well-served and organised.
Patricia Curd our President, outlined some difficulties that the committee have been experiencing with regard to sterling's fall against the dollar and the euro. This means that events cost more for most British members. Although meeting for a meal is cheaper on a week day, this would prevent younger members who are working, from attending. The committee suggests that more informal events might take place during the week, possibly organised by individual members following their own interests and contacts. This would also lift pressure from the committee, who often find themselves overstretched. A card for Jérôme de Boissard, who has broken a vertebra in a car accident, was circulated for signatures. Also a collection for Children in Need, on behalf of Maureen and Mike Sargeant, raised the grand sum of ninety euros, bringing their overall total this year to one thousand five hundred and three euros.