G’Vine gin is proudly distilled in France, from grape spirit.
Price: ~ £35
I’ve had this gin so long, the bottle has bee updated! As you can see from the image, I’ve barely touched it… and I can’t for the life of me tell you why! If memory serves, I was rather taken with it at first sip, so my brain immediately went into ‘hoarding’ mode. But enough about me, on to the gin!
As noted already, it’s a grape spirit based gin which I think was much more rare when the gin first came out than it is today. According to the website the vine blossom is macerated in grape brandy before being distilled, and blended with other distillates. This blend is then distilled once again in an alembic dubbed “Lily-Fleur” to make the gin.
Well, I’m glad they’ve updated the bottle. The cap in particular is a clunky plastic and while I like the bottle’s subtle shaping and fading green effect, I was never keen on the labelling, especially the use of red. Against a darker background it’s very difficult to see what it is. Here’s what the new bottle looks like:
As you can see, it’s much the same, just with a few features such as a nicer cap (which looks metallic and I think can be used as a measure), embossed lettering around the top, and an embossed grapevine under the labelling at the front. It looks like they’ve mostly ditched the red text too which is good. It looks much more stylish, though I imagine still has the problem of being difficult to see infront of a dark background.
Image taken from TheWhiskyExchange
Straight out of the glass there’s a light but unmistakable fragrance of grape. It’s fresh and sweet, with delicate notes of floral citrus that float around like a slightly sour perfume. It’s not a gin as you might know it, but it is oh so enticing, like grape based spirits are wont to be. The overall sense is one of sophistication. I can’t wait to try it.
Neat, it is smooth, but crisp, and is even more perfumed and fragrant than expected. There’s a green freshness to it, with the grape coming through a surprising amount, but the spices also begin to emerge, the cubeb in particular. Sweeter spices play their part, albeit in minor roles and there are hints of lime, but more as a general citrus backdrop to the overall sour floral bouquet. Of juniper I cannot really speak.
Water brings out the ginger and lime a little more, but creates even more space for the herbs and spices. Coriander begins to creep through, and sweeter spiced notes become noticeable, followed up by a touch of cardamom. Everything seems to get a little bit of room to shine, and the overall flavour, while being difficult to define (it’s fragrant, floral, sour, herbal, and spiced, but still definitely grape based), is a wonderfully contradictory harmonious battleground.
Finally, I served myself a G&T (3:1 Schweppes 1783 Light Indian Tonic) with a few grapes as garnish. The result is a deliciously fresh, sweet drink that I would struggle to call a ‘proper’ gin and tonic, but would definitely recommend nonetheless. There’s a beautiful flavour to this that I can’t quite find the words for (which I appreciate isn’t ideal for a blogger), but the gin and tonic really compliment each other. It has such a clean and fresh flavour with a beautifully aromatic aftertaste. It’s like a fruity cinnamon. I love it.
G’Vine Floraison is most definitely a contemporary gin. I do not call myself a ‘professional’ taster by any stretch of the imagination, and in a way I hope that that makes my impressions easy to relate to, but I could not discern juniper at any point in this tasting. So, if that’s what you want first and foremost and above all else, then good luck finding it here! That said, what Floraison does offer is a flavour like nothing else I’ve tried so far, and a bloody good one at that. With this gin you’re basically getting an amazing grape based spirit with plenty of the nuances that any other good gin can offer. The bottom line is that if you enjoy incredibly well made spirits, this is worth trying.
Remove up to 1 feather if you insist on your gin being juniper forward.
G’Vine Floraison is available online
All reviews are of the author’s personal collection, bought and payed for by the author, unless otherwise stated.