Andrew Guard

Eau de Vie, Goutte de Reine Claude Dorée (Golden Plum) 500ml, Laurent Cazottes

An heirloom variety of greengage introduced very early into the Tarn and well known and loved by jam makers, distillers and liqueur producers. This is an exqisite Eau de Vie, perhaps Laurent's very best. It has a heady, distinctive perfume of ripe orchard fruits and spring flowers. A few little sips are the perfect bookend to a great meal.

Laurent Cazottes is the proprietor of an interesting and unique enterprise centred around a distillery, one of only four permitted in the Tarn. The resultant spirits (eau-de-vie) and liqueurs are produced from organically grown fruit supplied by locals either for their own consumption, or, bottled by the family Cazottes for retail sale and distribution. The result is a variety of brilliant eau-de-vie such as apple, pear, plum and also a few rare and wonderful liqueurs.

The Goutte de Poire Williams Passerillée, is his personal calling card and that which opened the doors of the greatest restaurants to him, from the exalted Pierre Gagnaire. Ducasse, Arpège and Troisgros to contemporary Parisian favorites Le Baratin and Le Verre Volé. Today, Michel Bras orders his citron liqueur exclusively from him and the national forests office has assigned to him personally the wild blueberries from Mont Lozère..

Today, Laurent Cazottes is France's leading producer of artisan liqueurs and eau-de-vie. They really are remarkable.