List of products by brand Citadelle Gin

In 1775, Louis XVI authorized two visionary Frenchmen, Carpeau and Stival, to open a distillery making genièvre at the Citadelle in Dunkirk, which became the royal distillery with an exclusive 20-year privilege. The two founders had 12 traditional copper pot stills made for the distillery, officially the first of its type in France. In 1989, gin had unfortunately become an industrial spirit and in some cases had lost its erstwhile complexity and refinement. It was at this time that Alexandre Gabriel decided to make a handcrafted gin, distilled in small copper pot stills according to the same techniques used two centuries earlier. After several years of doing research through old records and files in Flanders and then developing a modern plan to distill gin at the Maison Ferrand distillery, Alexandre Gabriel and his master distiller were successful in creating a gin bottled under the Citadelle name in the style that the original was produced after more than a century’s absence. Citadelle gin is now produced in the South-West of France, the birthplace of another fine spirit. As it was produced in the 17th century, Citadelle gin is distilled in small copper pot stills with a naked flame. Using centuries old know-how passed down through five generations of master distillers, Alexandre Gabriel and the Pierre Ferrand cellar master have brought back to market a complex, refined and elegant gin.

Fire, the most powerful of all the elements. From earliest times, humans felt its power, and its ability to transform materials from one thing into something completely different. Alchemists, locked in their laboratories, experimented with fire and time and heated metals to see what would happen. They wrote down their results about the transformations that took place. Parcelso, one of the most prestigious alchemists in the world said “As flowers cannot bloom before May or the grain mature before harvest neither is possible to enclose the time of experience.” Alchemists understood that results depended on the time dedicated to achieve them. Citadelle takes its cue from alchemists and is distilled with time, an unusual concept when making gin. Citadelle is unique in the world due to its slow distillation method over a naked flame under its small pot stills, the same ones used for the notorious Ferrand production. Its taste is a direct result of time and fire: Citadelle transforms a carefully chosen selection of 19 botanicals with a masterful use of flame to produce what is in the bottle today. The alchemists of times gone by understood the power of fire and time. Citadelle turns fire and time into gin.

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