Every year, Butz-Choquin produces – in limited quantity – a brand new design of pipe that will be the pipe Millésime or Pipe of the year. I received the Millésime 2016 as a Christmas present recently. Mine was numbered 58 of 1000.
Butz-Choquin, founded in 1858, is located in Saint-Claude, France, a village nestled in the heart of the Haut Jura Mountains, not far from the Swiss border. The soi-disant Pipe Capital of the World, Saint Claude is largely a single-industry town. Current president Jean-Paul Berrod represents the fourth generation to run the company since his great-grandfather founded it.