Mortlach Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collaborates with Designer Chrissa Amuah to Create a Bespoke Light Fixture

2.81 by Chrissa Amuah with Mortlach 20 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Mortlach Single Malt Scotch Whisky, a treasured spirit from Scotland’s Speyside region, has partnered with Chrissa Amuah to create a brilliant light fixture for the Mortlach by Design program. Channeling the complex, multi-step distillation process that makes Mortlach unique, Amuah’s multifaceted light fixture shares the journey of Mortlach from its origin to the final product.

This bespoke piece is another pillar in the Mortlach by Design program, which has engaged some of the world’s best designers including Luca Nichetto, Sabine Marcelis, Felicia Ferrone, and Joe Doucet to create bespoke pieces, culminating in the ultimate whisky experience.

The light fixture is aptly named 2.81 after the number of times that Mortlach whisky is distilled – a unique process that has been passed down for generations. In 1897, when Dr. Alexander Cowie formulated this distillation process, he did so knowing that it was a different way of making whisky.

Chrissa Amuah designs 2.81 for Mortlach Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

‘The Way’ is akin to having three distilleries at one still house; in parallel, the 2.81 light fixture is designed with many conceptual, physical and material layers, which when unified stand as a beautifully complex light fixture. 2.81 is formed by a variety of technologies, processes, textures and materials that when united create a constant and intricate lighting fixture, symbolic of each of the stages that create Mortlach whisky.

Creating 2.81 was a unique challenge as I aimed to balance the deep complexities and high caliber craftsmanship that defines the spirit.

Chrissa Amuah. 

Mortlach by Design celebrates the unique characteristics of Mortlach whisky and brings together some of the world’s best designers to create bespoke products for the ultimate whisky experience.

For more information or to purchase a bottle of Mortlach, come into the beautiful world of Mortlach.

Introducing Hemingway Rye Whiskey: First Edition Bottles Available Now

Hemingway Whiskey Company today announced the launch of Hemingway Rye Whiskey First Edition with the release of the inaugural 972 bottles. This initial offering is a blend of straight rye whiskeys finished in ultra-premium rum seasoned Oloroso Sherry casks. Inspired by American author, journalist, and storyteller Ernest Hemingway, it was crafted by the Calls, a family with Bardstown roots and more than 230 years of distilling experience.

Hemingway Rye Whiskey was founded by a team with deep experience in Kentucky whiskey. It is led by Steve Groth, whiskey pioneer and co-founder of the revered Angel’s Envy Bourbon brand. The Call family, Seventh-Generation Master Distiller Ron Call and his sons, Clayton Call and Eighth-Generation Master Distiller Jacob Call hand source, blend, and finish the rye whiskey, building on generations of distilling expertise and innovation.

The first offering is Hemingway Rye Whiskey First Edition, a captivating blend of 96% 9-year-old Indiana Straight Rye and 4% 4-year-old Kentucky Straight Rye, the latter distilled by Jacob Call and crafted with his signature spice. Both are finished with the sweetness and softness of Ron Call’s own rum-seasoned Oloroso Sherry casks. It is 100 proof and a dark amber color. It has a rich caramel and brown sugar aroma, complemented by back notes of soft rye and vanilla. On the palate, it has notes of rich cherry, toasted oak, creamy caramel, and cinnamon. A rich mouthfeel bursts with fruit flavor leading into a soft, sweet, and warm finish.

The First Edition release of Hemingway Rye debuts today in Collector’s Packaging. With only 972 bottles, it is ready to be welcomed by the most discerning whiskey drinkers and worthy destinations. The bottles are hand-numbered and hand-signed by the Calls; each will come encased in a beautifully textured library-style box, which includes a gold foiled Hemingway signature, ‘First Edition’ inscription, and a satin pull ribbon. Each First Edition bottle also features a unique, removable card on the back, inspired by old-fashioned library book cards, inviting imbibers to pour their own stories and log who they share their rye with.

“As an eighth-generation distiller and Kentuckian, I’ve had the chance to work with a variety of whiskey brands throughout my distilling career but having the chance to work with my father and brother on our Hemingway Rye Whiskey has been a dream come true”, said Jacob Call. “Together, we have poured our hearts into this first edition blend, and we’re proud to share it”.

The new Hemingway Rye Whiskey brand is inspired by rich storytelling and the lessons and traditions passed down from generation to generation. Ernest Hemingway lived a life full of tales worth telling and the same is true for the Calls. Growing up in Kentucky, the Call family shares a similar passion for storytelling and tradition. Ron, Jacob, and Clayton make it a priority to sit down together while enjoying the fruits of their labor to share stories and lessons learned. Hemingway in his own right, loved his whiskey. He didn’t drink while he wrote, he drank after the writing was done for the day.  He said it helped him, “change his ideas”. Indeed, he wrote, “When you work hard all day with your head and you must work again the next day, what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whiskey?”

“With Hemingway as inspiration, the Call family has authored a new whiskey masterpiece”, said Steve Groth, Founder of Hemingway Rye. “It’s an honor to have the Call family and their centuries of whiskey making experience as part of this new offering. With a focus on quality and innovation, the legacy team we have in place has crafted this premium rye whiskey with passion and we can’t wait to get it in the hands of rye whiskey lovers everywhere”.

Hemingway Rye Whiskey First Edition is now available, crafted by the Call Family of Distillers and Inspired by Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway Rye Whiskey will be crafted at Jacob Call’s new Western Kentucky Distilling Co. in Beaver Dam, Kentucky.

Availability and Pricing: Hemingway Rye Whiskey First Edition will be available for pre-purchase online only at a suggested retail price of $149.99 for a 750ml signed Collector’s Bottle, shipping to most states. Rye lovers and holiday gift givers should move quickly to secure one of the 972 First Edition bottles, expected to ship in early December.

About Hemingway Rye Whiskey

Hemingway Rye Whiskey is a new premium rye whiskey brand, from the new Hemingway Whiskey Company, and is inspired by American Author, Journalist and Storyteller Ernest Hemingway. It was founded by a team with deep roots in Kentucky whiskey, led by Steve Groth, whiskey pioneer and co-founder of the revered Angel’s Envy Bourbon brand and the Calls, Ron, Jacob and Clayton, a distilling family with more than 230 years of whiskey making experience. The Hemingway Whiskey Company is part of Old Man and the Sea Brands®, an innovative spirits company that owns Hemingway Rum Company, makers of Papa’s Pilar Rum. They are known for bringing high quality spirits and incredible stories to drinkers around the country.

Come into the beautiful world of Hemingway Rye.

Nosotros Tequila Releases First-Ever Tequila Aged in Cider Barrels

In the spirit of the Season of Change, Nosotros Tequila and Mezcal releases its Cider Añejo, the first-ever tequila aged in wet cider barrels, just a few months after launching its Madera line. This limited release was created in collaboration with 2 Towns Ciderhouse.

2 Towns Ciderhouse used former Woodford Reserve Whiskey barrels to create their ‘Bad Apple’ cider batch. These barrels were then moved to Mexico by Nosotros for the first step in aging this cider añejo. Nosotros Blanco was aged for 20 months using a single barrel aging process, to create the first-ever tequila aged in wet cider barrels.

Nosotros describes this añejo as “Rich and smooth, with a candied complexion, featuring a one-of-a-kind tasting profile and production process. The experience of this añejo is a unique blend of cooked agave and warm apple, along with spicy sandalwood and nutty almond scents”.

“My cousin is the Head Cidermaker at 2 Towns Ciderhouse, which sparked this idea,” shared Michael Arbanas, Nosotros Co-Founder. “When developing our Madera Collection, it is important for us to maintain Nosotros’ additive free process while creating unique products, and this was the perfect way to do something that has never been done in our category”, continued Carlos Soto, Nosotros Founder and CEO. “We are excited that that we now get to share this perfect Autumn spirit”, finished Arbanas.

“It is so cool to be working with Nosotros on the cutting edge of innovation” said David Takush, Head Cidermaker for 2 Towns Ciderhouse in Oregon. “Their creativity and dedication to excellence really shines through in this collaboration. I was truly amazed at my first taste of this añejo out of the barrel”.

With only 1,500 individually numbered bottles, do not miss out on this once in a lifetime product, sold on the Nosotros website and in a limited number of partners in our distribution markets.

About Nosotros

Founded in 2017, Nosotros became the winner of the San Francisco World Spirit Competition, claiming the ‘World’s Best Tasting Tequila’ title a few months after joining the marketplace with Nosotros Blanco. Since then, Nosotros has launched Nosotros Reposado, Nosotros Mezcal (Espadín y Tobalá), and its Nosotros Madera Collection. For more information, please visit Nosotros Tequila and Mezcal and @nosotros.

Michter’s Distillery To Release 2022 Bottling of 20 Year Bourbon

Michter’s 20 Year Bourbon

Michter’s Master Distiller Dan McKee and Michter’s Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson have approved a release of Michter’s 20 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Michter’s distributors and importers will begin to ship the 2022 edition in early November.

This is a whiskey that I really look forward to when Dan and Andrea decide to release it. It’s remarkable that a 20 year bourbon can have so many wonderful qualities without being overly woody.

Joseph J. MaglioccoMichter’s President

Older barrels in Michter’s rickhouses are monitored closely by the production team. McKee observed, “With the extra attention given to the older barrels, it’s releases like the 20 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon that make me proud of our maturing team and all of their hard work in aging these beautiful whiskeys”.

The last release of Michter’s 20 Year Bourbon from the distillery occurred a year ago. “It is a tremendous honor to work on Michter’s 20 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon with our Master Distiller Dan McKee and our incredibly talented team.  We spent a lot of time reviewing inventory for this special release and are so excited about the complexity of flavor and quality.  We strive for a dynamic experience that makes a memorable whiskey moment and this year’s release will not disappoint”, stated Wilson.

Michter’s has a rich and long legacy of offering traditional American whiskeys of uncompromising quality. With each of its limited production offerings aged to its peak maturity, Michter’s highly acclaimed portfolio includes bourbon, and American whiskey. The proof of this 2022 release is 114.2, and the suggested U.S. retail price for a 750ml bottle is $1,200. Come into the beautiful world of Michter’s.

Suntory Introduces Hibiki Blossom Harmony, A Limited Edition Blended Whisky And Hibiki 30 Year Old In The U.S.

The U.S. welcomes Hibiki Blossom Harmony, a blended whisky finished in Sakura (cherry blossom) casks for a limited time this fall, and Hibiki 30 Year Old, a rare annual release

The House of Suntory, the founding House of Japanese Whisky, announces the release of Hibiki® Blossom Harmony™, a limited-edition blend featuring whiskies finished in Sakura casks and for the first time Hibiki 30 Year Old will be available in the U.S.

Hibiki Blossom Harmony

Sakura Blossom season in early spring has always been an occasion for celebration in Japan, with many gathering around the beautiful flowering Sakura trees that inspire the Japanese to appreciate life as it blooms. Hibiki Blossom Harmony captures this joyful spirit by blending a rare selection of whiskies finished in Sakura wood casks with diverse matured malt and grain whiskies to create this particular Hibiki.  

Color: Amber
Nose: Wafting floral scents, sakura, fragrant olive
Palate: Smooth mouthfeel, expanding fragrance, acacia honey, French pear and a refined sweetness suggestive of sakura mochi
Finish: Long-lasting rich and brilliant aftertaste

This limited-edition bottle will be available beginning in October in select global markets including in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Austria, United Arab Emirates, Netherlands, Italy, Turkey, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. The expression is bottled at 43 percent ABV and has a suggested retail price of $160 USD.  

Hibiki 30 Year Old in the U.S.

Released in 1997 as a rare, limited edition, Hibiki 30 Year Old represents the paragon of the Hibiki brand and the art of Japanese craftsmanship. Hibiki 30 features a select blend of Yamazaki® malt whiskies that are 30 years and older from Suntory’s treasured historic collection, with mild grain whiskies that have also matured at least 30 years.

Color: Deep amber.
Nose: Leather, raisin, prune, sweet chestnut.
Palate: Brown sugar, dried fig, apricot jam, cedar and pain d’epices (gingerbread).
Finish: Extremely rich, cinnamon and Mizunara (Japanese Oak)

With a mere few thousand bottles produced each year, each is bottled by hand. This luxurious liquor has received accolades and awards from whisky connoisseurs around the world and it represents the pinnacle of whisky making at Suntory.

For the first time, this exquisite bottle will be available in the U.S. as of October for a suggested retail price of $5,000.

About Hibiki

The Hibiki brand was introduced to the world in 1989 and since then has been embraced as the paragon of The Art of Japanese Whisky, the very product of Japanese nature and people. It is not only Japan’s most highly awarded blended whisky, but also among the most prestigious and honored whiskies in the world. Hibiki is a harmonious blend of various malt and grain whiskies from House of Suntory Whisky’s Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita distilleries. This delicate blend creates a oneness unfolding a full orchestra of flavors and aromas. Today Hibiki is one of the most awarded blends in the world.

For more information, come into the beautiful world of Hibiki.

About House of Suntory

Since 1923, Suntory has been renowned as the pioneer of Japanese Whisky for its House of Master Blenders and for their Art of Blending. Founder Shinjiro Torii built Japan’s first malt whisky distillery in Yamazaki, and the Suntory legacy continued with Torii’s son and Suntory’s second Master Blender, Keizo Saji, who continued to establish distilleries including the Hakushu distillery. As the generations of Suntory’s master blenders carry on, Suntory Whisky remains committed to heritage and innovation. The House of Suntory has been named four-time Distiller of the Year at the International Spirits Challenge in London, UK (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014). Suntory Whiskies are subtle, refined and complex. The portfolio includes two single malt whiskies: Yamazaki—Japan’s number one single malt, multi-layered and profound, and Hakushu—verdant, fresh, and delicately smoky; and two blends: the noble blend, Hibiki—Japan’s most highly awarded blended whisky and Suntory Whisky Toki. The House of Suntory portfolio also offers Roku Japanese Gin and Haku Japanese Vodka. Created from Japanese ingredients by the master artisans at the House of Suntory, Roku Gin and Haku Vodka represent the nature and spirit of Japan.

For more information, come into the beautiful world of Suntory.

Atian Rose Gin Announces Month-Long Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness

Atian Rose Gin announces a campaign for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in partnership with the Dolphins Challenge Cancer.

Imbibers can support the cause by drinking pink at top bars and restaurants around South Florida, with the brand donating $1 for every Atian cocktail sold through October at venues including Beaker & Gray, BleauBar at Fontainebleau, Louie Bossi’s, Sweet Liberty and more (see Appendix for full list).

Atian will also donate $3 for each bottle purchased online here throughout October, with shipping to 40 states. The rose gin can be enjoyed neat, on ice, or in a variety of modern and classic cocktails – the perfect addition to any home bar.

Funds will be donated to the Dolphins Challenge Cancer, 100% of which is directed to support innovative cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, South Florida’s only NCI-Designated Cancer Center. Part of the University of Miami Health System and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Sylvester is home to 2,400+ expert physicians, researchers, and staff working to discover, develop, and deliver world-class cancer care.

Atian is a vapor distilled, super-premium rose gin infused with 13 hand-picked botanicals from South Africa. Inspired by the connection between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, Atian is rooted in a rich history of spice trading. Atian’s mission is to share the faraway flavors of sustainably sourced South African floral kingdom with the world, merging traditional gin botanicals with those unique to the region. Ensuring the gin’s creation is never at nature’s expense, Atian has partnered with FynbosLIFE, a non-profit organization protecting the local plant species through educational opportunities, a conservation nursery, and rehabilitation projects.

Atian’s quality has been recognized since launching in summer 2022 by the Beverage Tasting Institute with 94 Points and a Gold Medal Exceptional rating, as well as the SIP Awards Gold Tasting Medal and Platinum Design Medal for Individual Bottle Design. Come into the beautiful world of Atian

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Announces Highly Anticipated Lineup of Events for Cayman Cookout 2023

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, and Chef Eric Ripert are pleased to announce the highly-anticipated event lineup for Cayman Cookout 2023, taking place at the resort from Thursday, January 12th though Monday, January 16th, 2023. Cayman Cookout will make its grand return to the resort after a two-year hiatus and plans to bring together some of the world’s most talented chefs, wine and spirits experts alongside new events, never before seen by attendees.

Hosted by Chef Eric Ripert, the 14th annual celebration will feature an impressive line-up of talent including José Andrés, Adrienne Cheatham, Master Sommelier Aldo Sohm, Andrew Zimmern, Antonio Bachour, Charles Joly, Daniel Boulud, Dean Max, Dominique Crenn, Emeril Lagasse, Jennifer Carroll, Kristen Kish and Tom Colicchio. 

The events and menus for Cayman Cookout have been carefully curated by Chef Ripert, as well as the participating chefs, who have worked closely with Master Sommelier Aldo Sohm, Wine Director for Cayman Cookout and Monica Dubar, Beverage Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. This year in particular, an emphasis has been placed on expanding the beverage programming, offering events and menus designed through the lens of master mixologists and global spirits experts. The beverage team has curated an extensive list of rare wines provided by some of the most exclusive and world-class producers, including Jason Smith MS, Jean-Marc Rouleau, Landon Patterson, Larry Stone MS, Marc Gagnon, Michael Kennedy, Nathaniel Dorn and Rajat Parr MS.

The festival will also allow guests to take advantage of two new dining concepts on property as well as the recently renovated guestrooms and public areas. The reimagined interiors include the revamped Silver Palm Lounge, which has retained its iconic spirit but offers updated interiors and the Armoire, a custom-built hardwood cabinet, offering guests a collection of indulgent discoveries from rare rums to premium hand-rolled cigars of the Caribbean, alongside chocolates created from the region’s finest cacao. This venue will provide attendees with laid-back space to relax between events. The resort will also debut a new restaurant named Saint June, which provides a setting punctuated with relaxed luxury, where guests can enjoy a sophisticated and stylish food and bar menu inspired by Caribbean and Latin American cuisine. The space will host dinners and events throughout the weekend, including a memorable South American Steakhouse Dinner.

Guests planning to attend will also see the return of signature events like Beach Bash, Barefoot BBQ, and Rum and Robusto alongside new events including, but not limited to:

  • A Cayman Cookout In-Flight Experience with Chef Eric Ripert presented by Cayman Private Aviation
  • Island Culinary Excursions including a Cayman Brac Lunch Experience
  • Wine Tasting and Discussions with World-Class Producers like Marc Gagnon
  • Exclusive dining experiences including a Le Bernardin Reunion
  • A Sommelier Standoff featuring Master Sommelier Aldo Sohm, Michael Kennedy, Monica Dubar, and Enrico Carmassi
  • Steakhouse Dinners and Latin American/Caribbean inspired experiences at newly opened Saint June
  • Effervescence Soirée by Moët & Chandon

The full event line-up can be found here and ticket sales for all events will be available starting October 1, 2022. The 2023 event promises to be a memorable one, including unique experiences created by Marriott Bonvoy® loyalty program and Chase Marriott Bonvoy® Credit Card. Individual ticket sales for Cayman Cookout 2023 will be available in autumn and will be available for purchase on the festival’s website.

Comr into the beautiful world of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

Old Forester Announces National Sweepstakes For 22nd Release Of Birthday Bourbon

George Garvin Brown was the first to seal his whisky, Old Forester, in a glass bottle in 1870. To commemorate his birthday, the First Bottled Bourbon annually releases a limited edition, vintage-dated expression: Birthday Bourbon. Hand selected by Master Distiller Chris Morris, this small batch bourbon offers a unique character and flavor profile that will never be replicated.

The September 2nd release marks the 22nd limited edition expression, but this year’s celebration will look different than years past. For the first time, Old Forester’s Birthday Bourbon will be available to purchase through a sweepstakes running from August 24, 2022 through August 31, 2022. This gives people nationwide the opportunity to win the right to purchase the most coveted expression of Old Forester.

Old Forester is Brown-Forman’s founding brand, founded in 1870 by George Garvin Brown. Brown believed Old Forester was so pure and consistent that he sealed it, signed it, and pledged, “There is nothing better in the market”.

“Birthday Bourbon holds a special place among Old Forester’s limited-releases, celebrating the legacy of the Brown family”, Morris said. “We’re excited to open up the opportunity for bourbon lovers all over the country to get their hands on this beloved bourbon”.

Tasting Notes:

  • Color: Dark amber with orange highlights
  • Aroma: Begins with caramelized orange peel and cherry fruit softened with vanilla bean, graham cracker atop rich layers of toasted and charred oak brightened with a touch of cedar
  • Taste: Subtle fruit flavor transitions into sweet roasted coffee with hints of dark chocolate and a dash of cocoa with toasted and charred seasoned oak character
  • Finish: Smooth and light with velvety coffee and mocha notes with lingering dark chocolate character

Because of the new policy, no Birthday Bourbon bottles will be sold at the distillery on September 2. Prize winners will be notified via e-mail on September 2, 2022. The suggested retail price is $149.99.

For more information on how to enter the sweepstakes and additional rules and regulations, come into the beautiful world of Old Forester.

Michter’s to Release US*1 Toasted Barrel Sour Mash Whiskey for The Second Time Ever

In September 2022, Michter’s Distillery will release its US*1 Toasted Barrel Sour Mash Whiskey for sale to U.S. and export markets. This whiskey was released once before in 2019.

“At Michter’s we’re proud of the great work done by our production team to create our Toasted program”, commented Michter’s President Joseph J. Magliocco. “We are always trying new things as we endeavor to make highest quality whiskeys, and with the 2014 release of our US*1 Toasted Barrel Bourbon we became the first company to offer a toasted barrel American whiskey. It’s great to see how this new category has taken off over the past 8 years”.

To make this special Toasted release, Michter’s starts with fully matured barrels of its US*1 Sour Mash Whiskey. “The heart of this toasted product is a wonderful whiskey that begins on the palate like a sweet and delicious bourbon and then has a rye-like spice on the finish,” said Michter’s Master Distiller Dan McKee. Michter’s US*1 Sour Mash is then transferred into specially toasted barrels for additional aging. The precise toast profile of the second barrel is artfully selected by Michter’s Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson. About her toast selection, Wilson observed, “The 2022 Toasted Sour Mash release takes the Sour Mash expression and enhances it by adding notes of smoked honey and gingersnap cookies accentuated by toasted oak, all while honoring the sweet and spicy balance of our US*1 Sour Mash.  Working on the Toasted series really brings forward the influence of the barrel and represents the dedication of the Michter’s team to continuously provide exceptional whiskey”.

When Michter’s US*1 Sour Mash, the base of this Toasted release, was selected by The Whisky Exchange as ‘Whisky of the Year’ for 2019, it marked the first time that any whiskey from the United States had ever achieved this honor. Michter’s US*1 Toasted Barrel Sour Mash Whiskey is 86 proof and will sell in the U.S. for a suggested retail price of $100 per 750ml bottle.

Beyond its main distillery in the Shively section of Louisville, Michter’s operations extend to two other sites in Kentucky. In Springfield, Michter’s is farming estate grown grain on its 205-acre property, while in downtown Louisville, Michter’s has its second distillery in the historic Fort Nelson Building. Situated in a prime location on West Main Street opposite Louisville Slugger and on the same block as the Frazier Museum, Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery features the legendary pot still system from Michter’s Pennsylvania. It also has educational tours with whiskey tastings and The Bar at Fort Nelson, which features classic cocktails curated by spirits and cocktail historian David Wondrich.

Michter’s makes highly acclaimed, limited production whiskeys that are subject to allocation because demand has exceeded supply. Michter’s is renowned for its small batch bourbon, single barrel bourbon, single barrel rye, small batch American whiskey, and small batch sour mash whiskey.

In October 2021, Michter’s was named the Most Admired American Whiskey in a survey conducted in 25 countries. In January 2022, Michter’s was named the #1 Top Trending American Whiskey brand by Drinks International in their Annual Brands Report.

For more inforation, come into the beautiful world of Michters.

Chandon uncorks pioneering and vibrant new take on rosé from the South of France with Chant des Cigales sparkling wine

The South of France has never been so full of surprise and inspiration. Creating a new effervescent wine with a maverick blend, French Maison Chandon celebrates the diversity of its terroirs in a unique sparkling rosé wine for a distinctively vibrant and aromatic tasting experience.

The latest drop from Maison Chandon springs from a vision of a place reputed for its incredibly fertile land and synonymous with blending, both a geographic location and the embodiment of inspiring smells, colors and tastes. In the South of France, Chandon winemakers explore a world of possibilities, opening a new chapter in the House’s globetrotting wine adventures.

Chant Des Cigales is a rule-breaking meeting between pioneering winemakers and a place defined by a melting pot of innovative energy, co-created by a trio of winemakers and chefs de cave who combine their exceptional savoir-faire:

  • Audrey Bourgeois, the resident wizard and Chandon’s head of winemaking innovation and technical coordination across the six international Chandon Maisons;
  • Richard Geoffroy, the visionary who began his career as winemaker at Chandon in the mid-eighties before becoming the legendary chef de cave at Dom Pérignon;
  • Eric Lebel, a master of precision and chef de cave at Maison Krug for 22 years.

All three shared a desire to work with signature grape varieties of the South of France, moving away from the confines of where the grapes were harvested. Creating a Vin d’Auteurs rather than a wine from a single terroir, they have crafted a unique blend that expresses the richly diverse character of the South of France. The breakout style of this contemporary sparkling rosé is about inclusivity, rather than exclusivity. The wine is frémissant, with a subtle effervescence and a captivating aromatic complexity. It is a Brut Nature that is both organic and vegan, a first for Chandon.

Noted for still more than sparkling wines, the South of France tends to propose wines made from just three or four grape varieties. Right from the outset, Chandon’s trio imagined a sparkling wine that would depart from usual practices and upend traditions. Their idea was a precise blend of eight different grape varieties harvested across a wide swath, stretching from Perpignan to Saint-Tropez. With this groundbreaking approach, the innovative assemblage of Chant des Cigales brings together grenache, cinsault, syrah, rolle, cabernet sauvignon, mourvèdre, carignan and tibouren.

By drawing on a vast array of emblematic grape varieties from the South of France, the winemakers have tapped into the region’s rich natural wealth. Chant des Cigales captures the diversity of the South while trailblazing new paths to rediscover the region.

Since its founding in the foothills of the Argentine Andes in 1959, Chandon has been defined by sharing and passing on savoir-faire, drawing inspiration from the diversity of its people to make exceptional sparkling wines. For Chant des Cigales, the House has partnered with cooperatives and producers reputed for their organic vineyards, where the trio has sourced the best grape varieties, all organically grown. The creators also worked with the growers to choose the best technique to make the wine, looking at both traditional and innovative methods. Audrey, Richard and Eric are all in complete agreement that the Charmat method had to be used in order to preserve the wine’s primary fruity character and freshness.

Over more than two years, they blended and tasted hundreds of compositions until they had the perfect balance. They made bold choices, such as adding grape must to start the second fermentation, or fermenting the wine in pressure tanks at up to 4 bars, giving Chant des Cigales its characteristic subtle yet persistent effervescence. Their over-arching obsession remained crafting a unique Brut Nature sparkling wine that reveals the full complexity and diversity of the fresh fruit aromas, without any addition of sugar in the final stage.

Chant des Cigales has a vivid yet delicate composition, served along or with a single ice cube that revives the effervescence. The flavors shift, releasing a bracing minerality. The intriguing character and aromatic complexity of Chant des Cigales make for perfect pairing with an enticing variety of dishes.

Chant des Cigales is above all a new taste experience, a rosé frémissant brut nature, organic and vegan, that displays natural elegance, plenty of fresh fruit, an intriguing floral character, salinity, a slight tonic bitterness, and a delicate, inviting bubble we call frémissant for its subtle effervescence.

Richard Geoffroy

With Chant des Cigales, Chandon celebrates a community of  winemakers united by curiosity and commitment, by an indefatigable desire to push the limits of savoir-faire while remaining faithful to the Maison’s mission since 1959 of innovating with bubbly wines.

Come into the beautiful world of Chandon.