About French Spirits

About French Spirits
As with wine, French spirits are world famous and of exceptional quality. The types of spirits and liqueurs produced in France reads like a what's what of these categories. There are Cognacs and Armagnacs hat are the most refined and compelling of all brandies. In addition, you have herb liqueurs, spice liqueurs, fruit-based liqueurs, as well as dry and sweet vermouth.

Eaux-de-vie, produced from wine grapes as well as fruit from Alsace, are among the best of their type found anywhere.

There are also gins produced in France and as of recently, vodka as well. Products such as these may not be as well known as those from other countries, but the fact that they are products of France helps give them instant respect.

Top Picks for France

Bhakta Spirits Single Vintage Armagnac
98 points
$399
The kind of luxury spirit that is so good and well integrated with aromas and flavors that it leaves you temporarily dumbstruck asking yourself, "What is that delicious memory?"
Bhakta Spirits Single Vintage Armagnac
97 points
$579
Upon pop and pour, this could use more fruit to balance the umami, resin-esque quality of the finish; however, with some extended aeration this rich and complex spirit truly opens up to become something special proving there is no faking the luxury and age this exhibits.
Jean-Marc XO Vodka
97 points
$59
This incredible Vodka has a lot going on with a delectable nose and a nice creamy mouth feel that gives way to a lightly fruity aftertaste.
Joseph Cartron Sureau Elderflower Liqueur
97 points
$26
A delicious melange of florals, herbs and spices dance on the tongue in this begging-to-be-mixed liqueur.
Awards: 2021 Best Liqueur
Bhakta Spirits 50 Year Old De Gaulle Barrel No. 29  Islay Cask-Finished Armagnac
96 points
$450
Complex and delicious with the fruit leading and the mildly smoky savory aspect lingering on forever; it has a story to tell and commands a listen.
La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge
96 points
$23
Best Buy
More of an incredibly delicious after dinner drink than an aperitif but this will also be fantastic in Negronis and Manhattans.
96 points $23 Best Buy
Merlet Crème De Poire Williams Pear Liqueur
96 points
$35
A vivid and pure orchard fruit liqueur with delicious length and balance.
Awards: 2021 Best Fruit Liqueur
Pairidaeza Creme De Banane Fruit Liqueur
95 points
$37
Repping every form of roasted, baked, and caramelized banana; a fascinating and scrumptious dessert drink.
Bhakta Spirits 50 Year Old Emperor Norton Barrel No. 30  Islay Cask-Finished Armagnac
95 points
$450
Smoky roasted nuts with a dash of honeyed figs; a fascinating flavor excursion that is incredibly layered and nuanced and really subtle for its high proof.
Bhakta Spirits 50 Year Old Rasputin Barrel No. 28 Islay Cask-Finished Armagnac
95 points
$450
Sweet and fruity with savory and meaty notes all swirled together in this umami bomb; tons of smoky goodness that demand cigars and smoking jackets.