The family’s 40 hectares of vineyards are divided between Saint Sauvant and Chérac. Le Droguet, in Chérac, was bought by the Merlets in 1936. It once belonged to Baron Otard (of the cognac of the same name). At the heart of Borderies, vineyards, blackcurrant fields and woods surround the family house.
The village of Saint Sauvant is Merlet’s haven. The distillery was built at L’aumônerie de Chevessac in 1850. The old family property now houses Merlet’s offices, a short walk from the 12th century Romanesque church that proudly towers over the village.
Merlet Liqueur Lune d’Abricot Liqueur reinvents a traditional product, Apricot Brandy. The Merlets source different varieties of apricots from partner producers in Roussilon to guarantee consistent quality. Thanks to their position as currant growers and winemakers, the Merlets are able to exchange with their partner producers and call on their own expertise to select fruits of optimal ripeness. The apricots are soaked in pure alcohol with some of their kernels to extract all their flavours, then pressed and filtered. This natural fruit infusion is then blended with a little bit of young Cognac for more depth and complexity, before sugar is added to obtain the final liqueur. Complete control of every stages of the process, from sourcing the fruits and selecting only the ripest to their transformation by Merlet, together with the very high concentration of macerated fruits, convert this brandy, made according to an exclusive recipe, into a product of many uses.
Merlet Lune d’Abricot Liqueur delivers such intensity and a labyrinth of aromas, this makes vibrating some of the greatest cocktails as the Sidecar of the moon, Charlie Chaplin and Nacional Daiquiri.
NOSE: Sophisticated and powerful apricot, with notes of spice, wood, wild flower, exotic fruit (mango) and a hint of almond.
PALATE: Smooth and lively, with notes of honey (acacia, lime flower), apricot pulp and hints of citrus (lemon, orange).
FINISH: Very long, with slight notes of honeysuckle and bitterness. Generous, rich, unctuous and even dry.