Salers Aperitif is a classic French beverage created from the roots of Gentiane Lutea, a wild plant that grows at high altitudes in the Auvergne region of France. The roots are steeped in a neutral alcohol base for several months, which is then distilled with an assortment of herbs and matured in Limousin oak casks. The result is a distinctive bittersweet liqueur with earthy vegetal notes complemented by hints of citrus peel, mint and anise. Enjoy over ice with a squeeze of lemon or in a variety of cocktails.
Lillet was established in 1872 by wine merchants Paul and Raymond Lillet in the heart of Bordeaux wine country. Today every stage of production takes place at the Lillet distillery in Podensac and has remained consistent throughout the years. The secret ingredients are unchanged and the proprietary recipe is closely guarded by the cellar master, ensuring Lillet’s iconic status as the Quintessential Aperitif of Bordeaux.
Grosperrin, one of the last independent Cognac houses, was founded by Jean Grosperrin in 1992. As a broker, Jean had developed an elaborate network of growers, who opened their cellar doors for him, and allowed him to buy some of their most precious stocks. The company philosophy is to maintain individual grower batches, without blending them with others, leaving them in their original barrels or glass demi-johns, producing a wide array of distinctive products from all of the appellations of Cognac. The result is an unparalleled selection, of single vintage, single barrel, and single estate Cognacs, each with a unique personality and history. Today, the family-owned company is exclusively dedicated to the selection, aging, and distribution of rare, aged Cognac dating from 1991 all the way back to World War II, carrying all of the necessary guarantees of quality and authenticity.
The House of Castarède, founded in 1832, is the oldest of all Armagnac trading houses. Its prestige is based on its exceptional collection of vintage Armagnacs, with more than forty authenticated vintages – the oldest dating from 1881 – crafted from the best products of the Bas Armagnac region and matured in cellars more than a hundred years old. Today, Florence Castarède is responsible for this family heritage, combining ancient know-how acquired over six generations with new initiatives.
Genepy is famous as the primary alpine herb used to create the legendary Chartreuse. Traditionally bottled on its own by a few select producers, Chez Dolin offers this classic example dating back from their 1821 recipe. Pale Green/Yellow in color, the nose is dominated by the concentrated, pungent, herbaceous nature of the herb with a sweet mouth coating entry on the palate that transitions with a long warming minty, candy cane, lavender finish.
The Merlet family has been distilling Cognac since 1850. Their range of Cognac, fruit liqueurs, and Cognac fruit liqueurs is based on the know-how developed over five generations, as well as an innovative spirit which pushes them to carry on creating new products. Their mastery of artisanal techniques and a special care for the highest quality is the only angle for them to develop as a family brand.
After distilling for major houses for 160 years, Merlet Brothers Blend Cognac was created by Gilles Merlet with his two sons, Pierre and Luc. Designed as a smooth and noble Cognac perfect for mixing in cocktails, Brothers Blend has pleasant floral and vanilla notes and is made from eaux de vies ranging from 4 to 12 years old. Merlet fruit liqueurs include blackcurrant, blackberry, peach, pear, strawberry, raspberry and citrus. And finally, C2 features a blend of Cognac and fruit, with varieties including blackcurrant and citrus.
In 1887 in Martinique, Homère Clément pioneered a natural style of rum from fresh pressed sugarcane juice known today as Rhum Agricole. Today, Rhum Clément is sipped and savored, or chosen for signature cocktails at the finest establishments all over the world. The Rhum Clément portfolio available in North America encompasses a wide range of white and aged Rhum Agricole as well as the famous French West Indian delight, Créole Shrubb. Enjoy Rhum Clément and discover true rum perfection.