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

Merlet Creme De Cassis de Saintonge Fruit Liqueur
98 points
$23
Best Buy
Rich dark garnet color. Aromas of black cassis, hints of peppermint, toast, and citronella with a bright, sweet fat body and a sleek, massive, medium-long smoked peppercorns and fine syrah finish. An intense, complex and generous Creme de Cassis with bold, pure flavors; the go-to choice for a Kir Royale, an El Diablo, and many other classic cocktails.
98 points $23 Best Buy
Joseph Cartron Sureau Elderflower Liqueur
97 points
$26
Straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of lime leaf, lemongrass, citronella, beeswax, and ripe peach with a silky, vibrant, sweet medium body and a smooth, complex, long finish conveying notes of jasmine, candied ginger, crystallized lemon peel, and honey. A delicious melange of florals, herbs and spices dance on the tongue in this begging-to-be-mixed Liqueur.
Awards: 2021 Best Liqueur
Jean-Marc XO Vodka
97 points
$55
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of coconut flakes, bison grass, anise, grilled sweet corn, vanilla latte, and fruit cup with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, engaging, breezy finish that exhibits elements of anise cookie, marzipan, and white flowers finish. A playful vodka with a welcoming attitude; exceptionally clean and well-structured.
Awards: 2019 Best Unflavored Vodka
Merlet Crème De Poire Williams Pear Liqueur
96 points
$35
Clear color. Aromas of ripe pear, crisp heirloom apple, and jasmine with a round, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, long toasted apple cake, ripe melon, honeycrisp apples, and hints of mint finish. A vivid and pure pear Liqueur with delicious length and balance.
Awards: 2021 Best Fruit Liqueur
Merlet Soeurs Cerises Cherry Liqueur
95 points
$38
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry cola, devil’s food cake, bomb pop, and black cassis syrup with a round, vibrant, cloying fat body and a seamless, complex, medium-long finish with overtones of berry jam and cherry slushie. A bold berry Liqueur with subtle chocolate nuances.
Grand Marnier Cuvée Louis-Alexandre Liqueur
95 points
$69.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of dried orange peel, ripe apple, preserved cherries, spiced tea, and dried figs and dates with a satiny, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length ripe banana, baked peach, dark chocolate, cinnamon pastry, and honey finish. A rich and complex flavored brandy liqueur to add nuance, lift and body to stirred cocktails.
95 points $69.99
Merlet Crème De Fraise Strawberry Liqueur
94 points
$35
Ruby color. Aromas of roasted strawberry, rhubarb, and boysenberry with a syrupy, lively, very sweet medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length plump raspberry and forest berry tea finish. A vivid berry Liqueur with a pop of balancing acidity; great for sparkling wine cocktails.
Ferrand Selection des Anges XO Cognac
94 points
$190
Brilliant amber color. Inviting, tropical aromas of roasted cashew, baked apple, ripe tropical fruits, milk tea, toffee, and tapioca with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long honey-roasted macadamia, strawberry jam on toast, minerals, flint smoke, black tea, and honeysuckle finish. A memorable Cognac that truly stands out in its class; an exotic, traveling finish full of tropical fruits, nuts and mouthwatering minerality.
Awards: 2020 Best Cognac
June by G’Vine Gin Liqueur
94 points
$35
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of summer peach, orange candies, five alive, fresh lettuce, hints of fennel, and juniper jelly with a satiny, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, elegant, long finish with notes of French fruit bon bons and floral water. An ethereal, yet powerful herb and Fruit Liqueur that will inspire delicious and captivating cocktails.
Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Liqueur
94 points
$39.99
Amber color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of dried tangerine, lime zest, lime leaf, earl grey tea, and hints of dried mango with a round, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and an even, complex, long finish manifesting accents of toasted coconut, vanilla creme, ripe plum, sliced lemons, orange sorbet, dark chocolate, and warm baking spices. This rockstar versatile Liqueur will be loved neat, on the rocks, served up, and will elevate most any cocktail.
Awards: 2020 Best Orange Liqueur
94 points $39.99