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Brandy has a great deal of diversity to offer and Spirits Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles brought the spotlight on Monteru Brandy. A new world brandy! Made in France using the 'new world wine' concept of single grape varietal.

Here what they have to say: " Spirits Selection is not only an event to judge spirits, it is also a place to learn something new, even for the most experienced taster. On day 1 of Spirits Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2019, which was held in Fenyang – China, the educational workshops started with an exciting demonstration of the similarities and differences between brandies".

It is rare to see a genuine new category in the spirit industry.

"The presentation was rounded off by innovative experiments ... Few brandies refer to the varietals, though brandy regulations are less restrictive than for Cognac: the distillery has therefore decided to produce a range of brandies under the Monteru brand from grape varieties that are more suited for wines, but distilled in pots stills."

Single Grape Brandies is an innovation and a new way to think about spirits for the judges and experts at Spirits Selection.

"... samples of the Monteru Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, all of them double distilled in pot stills at 41.3% and carefully aged between 1 and 3 years to limit oak influence, were available for judges to taste. They confirmed that the grape variety creates astonishing differences in distilled spirits: when comparing white varieties, Chardonnay produces a very rounded spirit with very subtle aromatics, while Sauvignon blanc yields a very expressive, vivid product, with substantial fruit-driven length. For red varieties, a Merlot-based brandy shows a characteristic red fruit nose, aromatics and brightness on the palate which is powerful and sweet, while Cabernet-Sauvignon results in a brandy where bell pepper, spices and vegetable notes define the nose, with a stronger tannic mouthfeel and less fruit notes than its opponent. This highly educational tasting highlighted the qualities and characteristics of each variety when used in winemaking".

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