Produced by double maturation, this Single Malt was first matured in French oak barrels (20% new + 80% second fill barrel) and then matured for a further 6 to 12 months in ex-sweet white wine barrels. The finishing barrels, which contained exclusively Semillon, came from Château Doisy-Daëne, a Sauternes-Barsac Grand Cru Classé.
French Single Malt
Finition Sémillon, matured in dry white wines barrels from Château Doisy-Daëne
Grand Cru Classé de Barsac Sauternes
COMPOSITION: French barley, malt, brewed and distilled in France.
Intensity 4 :
BODY : Bright, complex, powerful and fresh
COLOR : Gold yellow
NOSE : Preserved apricot, light tobacco, orange peel, almond, slightly peaty
MOUTH FEEL : Unctuous and delicat attack, good mouthfeel, greedy and silky finish
Sémillon is a white grape variety native to Sauternes and Barsac, where it produces the world’s greatest sweet wines. Although in its raw state it is not very aromatic, the intervention of a fungus, the botritis cinerea, will develop natural defences in it which will prove to be the precursors of aromas. In the end, it is the magic of noble rot that is at the origin of the unequalled character of the great wines of Sauternes and Barsac. These wines are characterised by complex and persistent notes of yellow fruit such as apricot, muscat, candied fruit, almond and, often, exotic notes.
To produce a French whisky with a Semillon finish is to look for an intense and flavoursome malt with notes of candied fruit.