Bellevoye Blanc is a French Triple Malt Whisky finished in Sauternes casks. It is one of four French Whisky expressions release by Bellevoye. The others are the non-peated Bleu and Rouge and the peated Bellevoye Noir. Bellevoye Whisky was founded by Jean Moueix and Alexandre Sirech who set out to make a premium French whisky. It France’s “first and only” triple malt whisky. In this case, triple malt means that it is a blend of single malt whiskies from three different whisky distilleries, one in Brittany, one in Alsace and one in Cognac. So actually it could more accurately be described as a blended malt whisky.
The three single malt whiskies, all unpeated, that are blended to make the Bellevoye Blanc French Whisky are aged between 3 and 8 years old at the distilleries at which they are produced. The whisky then undergoes a blending and a secondary ageing at Bellevoye’s cellars in the Cognac region. In this case, for the Bellevoye Blanc, it is aged for a further 6 months in ex Sauternes casks on the fine wine lees. The blending process produces whiskies with aromatic complexity, volume, balance and a long finish.
A little research tells me that the distilleries are Distillerie Claeyssens, Distillerie Hepp and Maison Brunet.
All of the ingredients, including the barley, are 100% French.
The nose reveals a wide aromatic palette. Some notes of dried fruit (currant grapes, apricots and date) mingle with notes of spices (vanilla, cinnamon, ginger) and acacia honey.
The mouth is greedy. It has the flavor of a ripe and juicy fruit.
The finish is accompanied by hints of almond and hazelnut.
2020: gold medal at San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
2019: gold medal at Wines and Spirits competition for the U.S.A.