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G'Vine Gin

G’Vine Floraison
Gin de France


By Robert Plotkin

Ultra-premium G'Vine Floraison Gin de France is a mold-breaking spirit made in the Cognac region of France. Stylish and complex, the brand is crafted using traditional distillation and infusion techniques with a few creative twists on conventional London dry gin.

G'Vine Floraison is produced by first distilling in a handmade copper pot Ugni Blanc grapes into a neutral spirit. Some of the spirit is re-distilled with a botanical mix that includes juniper berries, ginger root, licorice, green cardamom, cassia bark, coriander, cubeb berries, nutmeg, oranges and limes. At the same time, handpicked green grape flowers, which only bloom for two weeks in June, are macerated into the remaining spirits. The final step involves blending the two distillates and running them through the pot still a final time. The finished spirit is bottled at 80-proof.

G'Vine is a complex, delicately nuanced gin. It has a full, satiny textured body and a generous spicy, floral and citrusy bouquet with barely a trace of juniper aroma. As the gin rolls past the palate it imparts a broad array of well-integrated, long-lasting flavors—beginning with citrus and herbs before slowly transforming into a spicy warm finish.

The distillery also produces G'Vine Nouaison Gin de  France. It is characteristically similar to a London dry gin with more pronounced juniper on the nose and palate and less of the vine flower infusion. Its bouquet is a bit more intense in terms of spice and juniper. Bottled at a more potent 87.9-proof, the Nouaison is tangy and exuberant with a juniper, spice and floral finish.