Few brandy producers can match Lucien Bernard in terms of history or output.
Described as Europe’s largest brandy producer and the world’s second-biggest, the company was founded more than 90 years ago in Bordeaux and remains family owned and run.
Lucien Bernard uses a diversity of grapes and ageing and distillation methods to create what is described as an almost infinite variety of tastes.
China’s growing middle class, who enjoy aged Western wine spirits, and American consumers, who are increasingly keen on crafted spirits, are two of the key groups taking to the company’s brandy with enthusiasm.
Meanwhile, mixologists are returning to the use of brandy to produce classic cocktails, with the likes of Sazerac and Mint Julep originally brandy based.
Connoisseurs seeking unique premium spirits are also said to be spurring demand.
At Vinexpo Paris, a team from Lucien Bernard will hold a masterclass Wednesday 12 February (10am – 10.45am, Pav 7.2, Be Spirits room, by registration only) where they will discuss the product and market trends with professionals from the spirits industry. Attendees will get the chance to taste a number of brandies, including some award winners.
> PAV 7.2 – STAND V370
Photo: Lucien Bernard’s Brandy XO