Gin is new spirit of Entente Cordiale

‘Mother’s ruin’ is a new beverage of choice in France. Jane Hanks meets a passionate British gin maker with deep distilling heritage

After a huge comeback in the UK and Belgium, gin is now seeing a revival in France. As it is quintessentially British, English-born spirit specialist Simon Thompson, based in the Bordeaux region, jumped at the opportunity to create his own gin.

He calls himself an Englishman in Bordeaux and has created a range of whiskies, vodkas, brandies, Fine Bordeaux and now gin, taking the best of British and the best of France, and the Aquitaine in particular, to create his drinks.

“My favourite tipple is gin and tonic and I wanted to create a gin for the perfect G&T”, says Simon Thompson. 

“I have created it for the French market. I have added my British origins to produce a genuine Bordeaux product which is a mixture of the two cultures.”

The base spirit is a distillate from white grapes from local vineyards. It is distilled twice and then matures in oak barrels. It contains 15 macerated and distilled natural botanicals, including caviar from Aquitaine and pêches de vigne, the peaches that are so called because they ripen around the same time as the grape harvest.

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