G’Vine Gin is crafted on the grounds of Maison Villevert, a 16th century family estate in the heart of Cognac country under the supervision of its Founder and Master Distiller, Jean-Sébastien Robicquet. Uniquely crafted from grapes, it is infused with ten botanicals including aromatic juniper berries, green cardamom, cubeb berries, liquorice, lime, coriander, quassia amara, nutmeg, ginger root and the rare vine flower. This flower exists for just a few days before maturing into a grape berry and is handpicked as soon as it blooms each year in June. It is then macerated in grape spirit and distilled in a florentine pot still. The resulting vine flower essence is then married with the other nine botanicals in G’Vine’s Lily Fleur copper pot still.
There are two expressions of G’Vine Gin: Floraison and Nouaison. Each brings a unique profile to the bar.
G’Vine Floraison (80 proof)
Nose: Lightly floral with a sweet essence like spun sugar candy. Quite refreshing and evocative of spring.
Taste: Less juniper and more of a lightly textured young brandy. The botanicals are well-balanced, but subtle.
Finish: Crisp, clean and bright. This gin “pops’.
Overall: An interesting iteration on the ever-increasing variations on a venerable spirit. A perfect gin for sipping on its own. Used in a Martini, you might want to cut back on the dry vermouth.
GSN Rating: B+
G’Vine Nouaison (87.8 proof)
Nose: A more present sense of juniper. Darker and heftier.
Taste: Fruitier, but also more botanical.
Finish: Sweetly intense with a dry, strong edge.
Overall: I’d recommend this for use in gin forward cocktails over the Floraison. It holds its own better and stands out when blended with citrus, liqueurs or mixers. Tasty.
GSN Rating: A-
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