TYPE/VARIETAL: Fruit Brandy & Liqueur
PRODUCT: Massenez Fruit Brandies & Liqueurs
Founded in 1870 in Alsace, Distillerie G. E. Massenez remains today one of the last family-owned firms dedicated to the production of traditional, top-quality eaux de vie (fruit brandies) and liqueurs. It is, in fact, this dedication to the "distillerie artisanale" which led Eugène Massenez to develop a formula for raspberry eau-de-vie and make it commercially available to an appreciative public worldwide. The distillation method is still a closely guarded family secret.
Born in a family of distillers from father to son, G.E. Massenez, with his exceptional savoir-faire, continues with success the traditional art of distilling eaux de vie (fruit brandies) which is still particularly alive in the Villé region of Alsace (France).
All Massenez products are 100 percent natural with no added aromas, colorings or preservatives. Massenez has chosen to retain traditional methods of distillation, combined with the requirements of modern production. Only the best fruits are selected and stored in large fermentation vats prior to distillation according to the rules of the art. Following a careful and patient maturing over several years, the bottling is carried out on an automatic bottling line.
G. E . Massenez is today universally acclaimed for eaux de vie (fruit brandies), such as Wild Raspberry and Williams Pear, as well as crèmes liqueurs. Only choice fruit is picked, at the moment of perfect ripeness, and more than 20 pounds of fruits are required to make one bottle of eaux de vie. Distillation takes place in traditional copper stills, and aging occurs in stainless steel tanks for four years.
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