DOMAINE DES HAUTES GLACES 2016 Version Française 55,3%

Single Malt Whisky, France / Isere, 70cl, Ref: 58078

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Perched at an altitude of 896 metres in the Dévoluy Mountains, Domaine des Hautes Glaces continues its search for terroir begun in 2009. Preferring local distribution channels and using entirely organic methods, the distillery carefully manges every step of production. Its grains come from five plots with very different weather and geological conditions. Fermentation lasts approximately one week and distillation is completed in two pairs of direct-fired Charente stills (one 2,500-litre wash still and one 700-litre spirit still). In 2016, to celebrate La Maison du Whisky’s 60th anniversary, we selected a single malt aged in a Saint-Joseph cask. And it is now the second fill of the same cask that joins the Version Française range! Less active, the cask allows more focus on the raw ingredients, in this case a winter barley from the Vulson plot.

Profile: fresh, light and sophisticated, this Domaine des Hautes Glaces single cask focuses on the essential - barley! The little-active cask allows room for the distillate, whilst bringing roundness, and fruity and delicate notes of wax. Produced from a long fermentation followed by direct-fired double distillation, this young whisky bursts with cereal aromas and heady florals. A beautiful minerality accompanies the entire tasting, reminding us of the estate’s mountain setting.

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : straw
  • Nose : fine and delicate. Typical of Domaine des Hautes Glaces, the grains are given pride of place, with aromas of fresh malt and freshly cut barley. Floral notes of hawthorn and lily mix with mineral aromas, bringing beautiful freshness to the nose. These aromas are balanced by yellow fruits (quince, necatarine), wax and acacia honey. Allowed to breathe, fragrances of schist and damp grains take us to the distillery’s alpine setting.
  • Palate : full and supple, and consistent with the nose, the palate reveals a succession of flavours with precision and remarkable tempo. First, barley melts into notes of ripe fruit (white grape) and heady florals (mimosa). Then beeswax and a gentle hint of lemon carry the mid-palate. Finally, unexpected spices appear (black pepper, Timur berry), bringing the palate exoticism and richness.
  • Overall : long, gradually we move away from the spices, fresh barley and mineral mountain air to return to aromas of maturation. After many minutes, the resinous side and honeyed notes typical of white Saint-Joseph coat the palate, bringing the tasting to a beautiful conclusion.
The brand

The brand

When the Domaine des Hautes Glaces launched its first eau de vie on the French market in 2011 (a young single malt aged for barely a year), it immediately stood out from other producers: its whisky is distilled entirely from barley grown organically in the exceptional local microclimate. Relying on expertise, techniques and tools (two Charentais stills) from Cognac, and on organic agriculture, Jérémy and Fred have created a unique, very French version of Scotland’s most famous spirit. Their approach is to separate their production into five areas (Andrieu, Le Serre, Gabert, Les Versannes and Vulson) where they grow several varieties of grain (barley for the whisky and rye for the vodka); the Domaine des Hautes Glaces has managed to create a portfolio of spirits with a richness and diversity that does not exist any where else in France. This enables connoisseurs to follow the evolution of flavours and aromas very closely, while remaining faithful to a completely organic approach.


The distillery

Set up in a 17th century castle on a plateau at an altitude of 900 metres to the south of Grenoble, Domaine des Hautes Glaces is still in its early days. And yet it has already made an impression on whisky connoisseurs. Managed by two friends, Jérémy Bricka and Frédéric Revol, the first an agronomist, the second an oenologist, this small company produces various spirits, distilled on site from barley and rye bases, the grain having been grown organically on the distinctive terroirs that surround the property. The result is a remarkable expression of these terroirs.



Artist, Lands of Scotland, Malt Pedigree, Tartan, The Ten, Very Cloudy... all of these whisky ranges – composed of single malts and single grains – have one thing in common: they were all created by the team at La Maison du Whisky. They are the fruits of many decades of close collaboration with some of the most prestigious bottlers in Scotland. For some years the French importer and exclusive distributor of the classic ranges of well-known spirits producers, La Maison du Whisky was soon granted the very rare privilege of being able to complement these ranges with their own, bringing together two sets of expertise, two reputations and two complementary histories under one, single label.

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