Natural booze from the Atelier du Bouilleur
Chemical or animal additive
Wild plants used in our recipes
Atelier du Bouilleur spirits, the taste of natural booze
The South of France makes you dream: sunshine, inebrieting aromas, exceptional cuisine, fine wine, quality of life, tranquility (except for the cicadas and the wind…). This is the summary of the spirit we capture in bottles and present to you here.
All our brandies are produced locally, artisanally, collectively, vegan and naturally.
We use what grows around us to limit our environmental and energy impact as much as possible, and to express our terroir so rich in flavor. It’s hard to find an ingredient that travels more than 200 km to reach our stills.
The Fine Faugères
Aged for at least 10 years in oak barrels (GI: minimum 5 years), Fine Faugères is a wine brandy from the Faugères appellation terroir. It was first mentioned in the inventory of Empress Josephine’s cellar.
Alcohol : 42% Vol
Price : 55€ TTC
Esprit de Framboise
In 2021, a friend saved several bags of dried organic raspberries from destruction. We macerated them in Champs Pentus (Faugères) brandy.
Alcohol content: 40%.
Price : 45€ TTC
Fresh verbena is macerated in a mixture of grape marc: this is “40% herbal tea”!
Alcohol : 40% Vol
Price : 45€ TTC
Marc de Grenache
Grenache – or more precisely Grenache Noir – is a typical red grape variety in the South of France. As a late grape variety, it is a true sun worshipper.
Capacity : 50cl
Alcohol content: 40%.
Price : 39€ TTC
Natural Booze in Faugères
Brandy distillation in the Faugères PDO wine region
Located in the Faugères PDO wine-growing region of Languedoc, we distill mainly wine or grape marc from “natural” vineyards. We know the winemakers who supply us, and we know how they work: who plays music to their wine, who lets their sheep do the pre-sizing, who follows the rhythm of the moon and who doesn’t want to be labeled organic because the quality standard offered isn’t good enough.
The same goes for the other ingredients: we pick our own herbs and wild fruit, and it’s mostly friends who sell or give us fruit from their gardens or crops. Our partners share our vision of good products and socially and ecologically sustainable production. This is how we ensure the high quality of our products and avoid the unpleasant surprises that can arise from rather anonymous business relationships.
Languedoc Roussillon is a land of discovery where we are still far from the limits.
Signees around the world
The Natural Booze Manifesto
Taking our cue from Natural Wines, as an artisan distillery, we set out to define what Natural Spirits could be. The Natural Booze Manifesto expresses, in the form of 12 commitments, the best practices of spirits produced with respect for the earth, plants, groundwater, biodiversity and social conditions. Our idea is to promote the values of spirits from craft distilleries that seek the purest expression of the fruit, plant, vegetable or seed, the soil and the personality of their distillers.
The ecological quality of our brandies
Our products are no longer labeled organic – this label does not meet our standards. Our ecological vision goes deeper than the organic rules dictated by the European Union, and we don’t support the voracious, incoherent machine of bureaucracy that accompanies it.
For us, humans are cohabitants on this planet, who must live in respectful cooperation with other living beings. We don’t overuse them or force them, but accompany each other in gentle interactions. In other words, we recycle and avoid waste. When harvesting, we always leave enough room for the plant to reproduce, we don’t shave the spots. We ask their permission and thank them. This practice is called “Honorable Harvesting” by indigenous peoples. Polyculture is preferred to monoculture, and soil improvement for plant health is preferred to treatments. We don’t push them to be productive, but we respect their rest cycles.
No animal additives:
Our products are vegan. In fact, our raw materials have not been treated with products of animal origin, and we use none in our manufacturing process.
But how can a wine or distillate not be vegan? For stabilization, clarification and filtration, the use of several animal products is authorized: beef blood, egg white, fish bladder, gelatin and milk.
For those who are strict: It’s fair to say that there are estates that use animals (sheep, cows, horses and pigs) to tend the vineyards. Since these animals have a good life outdoors, we don’t mind.