Merlet Fruit Liqueurs

As historic producers of cognac, innovation and branching into new terrains came late to the Merlet story. Founded in 1850 as a cognac house, it wasn’t until the fifth generation of the family took over that Merlet began to produce its liqueurs.

As the 1970s drew to a close Gilles Merlet took a decisive step for his family business, experimenting with a new cultivation by planting blackcurrant bushes. By 1981 he could proudly hold the first bottle of liqueur – their Crème de Cassis de Saintonge. Today, as the range has expanded exponentially, the Merlets still grow their own blackcurrants and work with exclusive farmers to source their other fruits.

These fresh fruits macerate in neutral spirit giving over their vibrant flavours which are then harnessed by the family’s maceration and filtration artisanal techniques.

Tasting Notes

  • Crème de Cassis (blackcurrant)

    Concentrated and wild aromas of cassis coulis with hints of mint, and peppery spice with a supple, lightly syrupy full body and an explosively tangy and pure cassis fruit finish.

  • Crème de Fraise (strawberry)

    Rich strawberry coulis aromas with a hint of water¬melon and mint and a lively fruity sweet medium-full body with a long, tangy strawberry jam and honey finish.

  • Crème de Framboise (rapsberry)

    Brooding aromas of baked raspberries with a hint of cocoa and spice and a supple fruity sweet full body with nuances of roasted tomato and brown sugar.

  • Crème de Mûre (blackberry)

    Rich blackberry compote, custard, and mild violet talcum powder aromas with a soft and silky fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a long, honeyed berry, elderflower, and soft spice finish.

  • Crème de Pêche (Peach)

    Incredibly vibrant and three dimensional peach and honey aromas with a rich, satiny sweet full body and a seemingly endless and evolving Technicolor peach finish.

  • Crème de Poire (Pear)

    Pale silvery straw color. Mellow enticing aromas of sliced Bartlett pears, meringue, and delicate spice with a juicy, round medium-full body and a long, tangy honeyed pear tart finish.

  • Crème de Melon (Cantaloupe)

    Very ripe melon cantaloupe nose with fig hints. Lively mouth of fresh cut cantaloupe melon, with notes of prune and green apple, spicy long finish.

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