Cîroc Vodka was born just outside Bordeaux but found its spiritual home in the fashionable playground that is the French Riviera. From there it has spread to the cities and nightclubs of the world.
The Master Distiller at Cîroc, Jean-Sebastien Robicquet, comes from a long line of winemakers dating back to the 15th century and has been honoured as a ‘Commandeur de Bordeaux’ by the Great Council of Bordeaux Wines. Rather than using grains, corn or potatoes, he took what was abundant: grapes. Harvested when frozen, these ‘snap frost’ grapes are predominantly Ugni Blanc from Cognac and Mauzac from Gaillac. The spirit is distilled five times in a mixture of steel and copper stills at the Distillerie de Chevanceaux to create a super-smooth vodka. With its signature blue dot, Cîroc Vodka is clean, crisp and pure as a glacier. Flecked with notes of spring flowers, grape sorbet and orchard fruit, it has a long creamy finish and makes a wonderful mixer for all manner of cocktails.
And, finally, an interesting fact to impress your friends: Cîroc is a portmanteau of the French words cime – meaning summit – and roche – meaning rock. And it really is the pinnacle served on the rocks.