Valentin Zusslin - GINette - Biodynamic Gin 45% - spirit - 2020 - 500 ml
Ginette is a micro small batch biodynamic gin distilled, and bottled at winery Domain Valentin Zusslin in Orschwihr, Alsace. It was released last spring, we couldn't wait to get our hands on them! Only 250 bottles per batch!
Made from the by-product of winemaking that are the lees of grapes. These are the lees that they used to distill their gin.
THE WINEMAKER / THE DISTILLER
Jean-Paul Zusslin and his sister, Marie, are the 13th generation to manage Domaine Valentin Zusslin, an award-winning organic and biodynamic winery, nestled in the small village of Orschwihr in the heart of Alsatian wine country. Their family winery is well-known for its award-winning crémants, rieslings, and pinot noirs.
Following proudly in the footsteps of his grandfather, Jean-Paul is not only a passionate winemaker, but he is also a passionate distiller. He began making gin in the spring of 2018 using the rare and "not so sexy" practice, as he put it, of distilling a spirit from a natural by-product from the aging and fermentation of their wines––the lees (i.e., the dead yeast cells). Once the lees have been distilled into alcohol, organic juniper berries and key botanicals, such as cardamom, ginger, bergamot, and lemon zest, are all macerated separately in the alcohol, then blended together and distilled a second time. The final spirit is a fresh-tasting organic gin that has been produced over four batches, resulting in a quantity of around 500 liters.
Jean-Paul explained that being a gin maker is much like being a perfume maker; the big difference is that he uses viticultural matter, which gives more structure, more aromatic diversity. He noted that his gin is very different from (and we think a lot better than) the gins made with neutral, industrial alcohol. Ginette is a true labor of love to be appreciated and enjoyed, much like Zusslin's fine wines.