“They love France, have even lived in Paris”, interprets Isabelle Bolatre, administrative supervisor of the 2 castles. House owners of wine cellars in London, they determined to purchase a wine property in Bordeaux, and extra particularly in Blayais as a result of they imagine that “this appellation is just not sufficiently valued. It’s underestimated in relation to its potential and the standard of its wines”.
Their alternative initially fell on Château Puynard in Berson, the place the couple lived, education their three youngsters within the municipal college. Eire, whiskey, we start to know that the connection is clear. Added to that is the presence of an oenologist, Ludwig Vanneron, who has been working on the château since 2016 and who, in a earlier property within the Bergerac area, developed a plum eau-de-vie. To good his expertise, he “adopted a coaching course which matches so far as making a distillery on the heart of spirits in Ségonzac”.
In eighteen months, the file for the Two origins distillery was put collectively. Initially, Magdeleine Bouhou’s website hosts the “ending” of the whisky. That’s to say, he receives Irish whiskey, which has already spent 4 years within the barrel; the obligatory minimal period to be entitled to my “whisky” point out is three years. The Irish spirit is refined in Blaye for seven months in numerous barrels. These have been chosen for the style qualities they’ll convey to the whisky. Beforehand, they welcomed rum, tokay, liquoreux, cherry, bourbon.
The group doesn’t intend to cease there with regards to spirits. She has invested in a nonetheless made in Alsace as a result of she has different tasks. Ludwig Vanneron, referred to as “the Druid”, has concocted a gin recipe, primarily based on the “London dry gin”, the prime quality of this drink. For this, he chosen juniper, the essential ingredient, but additionally 14 vegetation together with basil, rosemary, verbena, thyme and others whose names he won’t reveal, as a result of, as a superb self-respecting druid he insists on maintaining a part of his potion a secret. The fort additionally has “the thought of producing the mandatory vegetation right here”.