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Situated along the banks of France’s Charente River, entirely within Cognac’s Grande Champagne cru, the 11 hectare Navarre Estate was founded in 1811. Owner Jacky Navarre is fourth-generation distiller. He works under one simple rule: “Let nature do (most of) the work.” Navarre’s vineyards are mostly comprised of Ugni Blanc, with about 6% Folle Blanche 6% Colombard, 32 acres Merlot, and 23 acres of Cabernet Franc. Grapes are hand-harvested and immediately fermented and distilled in a 30 hectoliter copper pot “charentais” still.

Credit: PM Spirits