Gin made from grapes? Sacrilege for some, a smart drink for others. Jo heads out to France to meet the iconoclastic distillers. And drink some gin, of course.
For many people, gin is synonymous with London, Plymouth, Holland. So what’s this? French gin. And – sacré bleu – it’s not even made from grain, but from grapes.
G’Vine (a play on the French word for vine – vigne) has been wowing the super premium gin gang for around 10 years with a gin that’s more rounded and less harsh than many grain-based spirits.
Add in around 10 botanicals and vine flowers (the exact mix of blooms is a secret recipe, but it includes floral peachy Ugni Blanc and berry Cabernet Sauvignon), and it’s soon clear this gin is a cut of lemon above the rest.
The company is the brainchild of the charismatic Jean-Sébastien Robicquet, a maverick oenologist-turned marketer-turned master distiller who has also pushed the boundaries with his grape-based vodka Cîroc, vermouth, tequila and La Guilde Cognac.
by Jo Lamiri