MERLET COGNAC & LIQUEURS The Merlet family has been distilling cognac for merchant houses since 1850. They own 100 acres of vineyards in the “Fins Bois” and “Borderies” regions, and have winegrowers partners from other cognac areas to supply them for distillation and ageing. The Merlet also owns ten Charentais copper pot stills in their distillery, and control ageing of their cognacs in their own cellars. For 160 years they exclusively distilled for one brand, and today still do for several others. The Merlet finally decided to bottle cognac under their name in 2010. Thanks to the knowledge built through their different collaborations, they created their own style of cognac, fruity and elegant. It is mostly based around “Fins Bois” crus, a great mastery of the wines quality, and production of “eau-de-vie” of character and structured body. The Merlet liqueurs were born in the early 80s. At the end of the 70s, Gilles Merlet decided to experiment a new cultivation and chose to plant blackcurrant bushes. In 1981 was bottled the first Merlet product with the “Crème de Cassis de Saintonge”. Merlet fruit liqueurs quality relies first of all on the mastery of the sourcing of the fruits. The Merlet choose themselves the fruits. They still grow their blackcurrants on their own estate, and work with exclusive farmers for other fruits. Then their liqueurs are based on natural macerations, made from fresh fruits macerated in neutral spirit. The vibrant and concentrated flavours of these liqueurs lean on the high quantity of fruits used, their perfect maturity, and mastery of the maceration and filtration techniques. In the end the Merlet have a total control of the fruits quality, maceration techniques, blending and bottling.