During the reign of Louis XIV, the young orphan Charles, who became a privateer in Saint-Malo, was responsible for the crew's food supplies. To combat scurvy, he introduced an innovative apple juice distillate. Preserved in oak barrels, this beverage is the ancestor of modern Calvados. In recognition of his military exploits, and following an injury, the king awarded him the title of Charles de Granville. Established in Granville, he dedicated his life to improving and producing what would become his signature Calvados Charles de Granville.