Located in the picturesque St Jacque district, with views overlooking the Cognac Castle towers, Luciole is housed in an historic building that was formerly a horse and carriage stables, and is the first international solo project from Tony Conigliaro.

The bar at Luciole, which opened to the public this month, presents a vast and unique Cognac selection representing the whole of the Cognac category. Carefully curated by Tony and Guillaume (or ‘G’ as he is affectionately known) – who will manage the premises, the impressive drinks collection is displayed on the “Cognac Wall”, a signature feature of the bar, showcasing the most prestigious and rare Cognac bottles available.

The 50-cover bar offers an all-encompassing Cognac experience, where guests will be able to stay, dine and familiarise themselves with all of the leading Cognac houses, showcasing the diversity and richness of the Cognac spectrum. An accessible drinks menu allows visitors to discover Cognac through a variety of angles: age statement, vintages, terroirs, crus and brands.

The kitchen, a partnership with a talented local chef, currently offers a simple menu of classic French bar food.

The interiors create a relaxed, elegant French setting on the banks of the river, as Chesterfield-style sofas and low oak tables allow pride of place to the signature Cognac Wall.

Lighting at Luciole emphasises the mood with light bulbs of varying size, shape and intensity shining through the night. An outside terrace offers six tables with an enviable view across the Charente river. 

Tony has plans to launch five rooms at Luciole later this year, each bookable for an overnight stay, with further plans to open a restaurant on the site in early 2018.