Last night Maison Ferrand’s Master Blender, Alexandre Gabriel, was honoured with the immense accolade of being the latest inductee into The Gin Hall of Fame at an event hosted by Gin Magazine in London. Celebrating individuals who have made a lasting impact on the gin industry.
Alexandre was selected to join this prestigious group by Gin Magazine following his extraordinary innovation within the global gin industry that began with the creation of the pioneering French Gin, Citadelle. Alexandre joins the likes of Charles Maxwell, master distiller of Thames Distillers and Desmond Payne, previous master blender of Beefeater gin.
In 1996, Alexandre created Citadelle gin, innovatively distilled in his seasonally dormant Charentais copper cognac stills and patenting the ‘progressive infusion’ technique, the only patent ever given for the production of a gin.
The core Citadelle range includes the Original, Résérve and Jardin d’Éte expressions, joined by the ‘Excentrique’ range of limited-edition and seasonally changing gins, including the recently launched Vive le Cornichon pickle-infused gin.
Alexandre’s passion for creating exquisite spirits is boundless, and the fruits of his labour are appreciated by many, whether bartenders or fine spirit aficionados. He has looked into the past to create spirits for the future, with the tools to go even further in his mission for marrying heritage, terroir, passion, and time for great spirits.
For more information on Citadelle, go to citadellegin.com