A small-batch, unfiltered craft gin that shares the same birth-ground as the legendary champagnes of Emmanuel Brochet. The base grain alcohol derives from wheat barley indigenous of Champagne-Ardennes, and Marc de Champagne contributes as base spirit. In addition to the main ingredient of juniper berries, the infusion embodies wild flowers of Montagne de Reims - mock oranges, brooms, honeysuckles and elderberries. The distillation is helmed by a 150-litre Arnold Holstein still.
It is hard not to marvel at what Emmanuel does. He is a first-generation Champagne grower, who broke out of the farming tradition in his family in 1997. With a holding of only a tiny 2.5-hectare in the lieu-dit ‘Le Mont Benoit’ in Villers-aux-Noeuds, Emmanuel opts to cultivate his vines of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier organically and almost entirely by hand, without chemicals, in order to achieve harmony and quality. He works in the cellar with an artisanal approach - pressing his grapes in small batches with a traditional vertical press, using indigenous ambient yeasts, and adding minimal sulphites at the end of the malolactic fermentation. He makes rocking chairs to upcycle his old barrels, and distills gin as a passion project. He is most passionate about his craft in winemaking, and undoubtedly one of the most meticulous, most exceptional winemaker.
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