EAU DE VIE… So divine!
Eau de vie de Marc 100% IG Provence
We are one of the few distilleries today to produce a genuine Marc de Provence that meets the new Provence GI (Geographic Indication) specifications. This distinction comes from selecting the finest red and white grapes from Provence AOPs grown organically to strike the perfect balance of fruity and floral notes:
- AOP Luberon (Château la Verrerie)
- AOP Pierrevert for the 2017 harvest (Domaine la Blaque) and AOP Château Rousset for the 2016 harvest
Packed with flavour and fruit
Thirty years ago, around 80% of eau de vies were drank at the end of a meal. Habits have since changed, primarily because they are now classed as spirits and also because they are expensive (a lot of fruit goes into producing just one litre). They are also ‘filed’ with old-style liquors that our grandparents used to drink. Good news is that ‘traditional spirits’ are back on trend with sales on the rise since 2015. Grappa, an Italian eau de vie, is enjoying tremendous success at the moment. Marc Cordelier Eau de Vie is similar to Italian grappa in the sense that we aimed to produce a highly complex and fragrant spirit.
Acheter Marc Cordelier
Eau de Vie de Marc, 100% Provence Cordelier
50 cl - 45°
Marc Cordelier is recognized as one of the best grappas of Provence with its very specific flavour, fully restoring the complexity of grapes' aromas.27.50 € TTC
Marc Cordelier derives its name from the Couvent des Cordeliers, a convent in Forcalquier. It is obtained by distilling grape marc exclusively from the geographic region of Provence.
- You'll love the elegant and refined aromas of this clear and very fragrant Eau de Vie.
- Marc Cordelier also makes a wonderful accompaniment to caviar, smoked salmon and chocolate desserts.
- This eau de vie is equally excellent as a "Trou Provençal," a mid-meal digestif.
Our tip: As a digestif, Marc Cordelier should be enjoyed very cold, with ice if desired.
Arnauld de Villeneuve is credited with having promulgated throughout France the principle of distilling wine to obtain eau de vie and strong liquor, ten centuries after the scholars of the Alexandria School of Medicine. Very quickly, the distillers formed a Community and it made sense to draw up regulations to define this community. However, the first genuine by-laws did not take shape until 1634.
The first brandy, also very aptly called eau de vie (water of life - thought to bring immortality to the drinker), was made back in the 13th century. It started out as simply a spirit mixed with sugar. However, people had already begun to discover the life-prolonging, mood-lifting, love-kindling and youth-maintaining virtues of spirits.
Burns from fire and boiling water were also treated by copiously soaking them with spirits.
Marc Cordelier derives its name from the Couvent des Cordeliers, a convent in Forcalquier. Built in the 13th century, the Couvent des Cordelier was transformed into a working farm in the 18th century. Distilleries et Domaines de Provence decided to dedicate its marc eau de vie to this establishment, now a veritable mecca of taste.
Marc Cordelier is produced from the distillation of grape marc exclusively from the Provence region. Marc Cordelier is made from the Grenache, Syrah and Viognier grapes.
Marc Cordelier is made from three grape varieties: 2 reds (the Grenache and Syrah) and one white (the Viognier). All the marcs come from the Château de la Verrerie in Lauris (84).
When delivered to the Distilleries et Domaines de Provence, the red marc has already been fermented and pressed. The white marc still contains sugar and juice. So, as soon as it is received, the Viognier marc is cultured with Saccharomyces Cerevisiae yeasts. Fermentation takes 8-10 days.
Marc Cordelier is produced by double-steam distillation.
The first distillation produces what is known as "brouilli," a white liquid with an alcohol strength of 25% to 30% alc/vol. Every single drop of this "brouilli" is recovered and used to enrich the second distillation, to produce what is known as the "bon goût." The marc, "brouilli" and the heads and tails of a previous distillation are all added to the pot still for the second fermentation. The product of this distillation is known as the "bon goût" or the "heart" of the distillation. The heads and tails are drawn off and redistilled with subsequent distillations. The "bon goût", which can now be called eau de vie, has an alcoholic strength of between 60-65% alc/vol. Water purified by reverse osmosis is later added to reduce its strength to 45% alc/vol.
Each year, our Marc Cordelier eau de vie is submitted to the "Syndicat des eaux de vie de marc de Provence," the trade association for eau de vie producers in Provence, which assigns it a label number, a rating and its Marc de Provence approval.
How do you drink it?
Marc Cordelier is served as a digestif, at room temperature or in a chilled glass. Sip and enjoy in moderation.
Pairing it with food
Cordelier goes very well with the Provence cheese Banon served with dried figs or jam.
Marc Cordelier is a very clear, highly perfumed marc eau de vie.
Bouquet: Its aromas are persistent, elegant and fine.
Palate: The attack on the palate is full-bodied with hints of grapes steeped in alcohol, a fruity taste and delicate Viognier flavor.