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Citadelle Gin Distillery opens to public

Citadelle Gin has opened its distillery and visitor centre at Château de Bonbonnet in Cognac, France. The distillery now offers behind-the-scenes tours, allowing guests to see how the gin is produced.
Citadelle Gin began in 1996, founded by then-Cognac maker Alexandre Gabriel. The newly opened distillery which houses the visitor centre was completed in 2021 after refurbishment; the 18th-century building had previously been an aging cellar, stable, and 19th-century distillery. 
The juniper for Citadelle’s gin is grown on the château grounds, and is used alongside 18 botanicals in the gin in the brand’s ‘progressive infusion’ method. The method has been patented by Citadelle, and tailors the maceration and alcohol level to each of the botanicals. 
Visitor centre manager Yohann Thuillier commented: “We are delighted to welcome guests to our magnificent distillery and showcase what Citadelle Gin is all about. We can’t wait to show everyone our impressive château, home of the savoir-vivre à la Française, and yes, we even have gins on tap!”
The vistor centre offers the ‘Distillery Tour Experience’, which takes guests to the juniper fields and orangery as well as the distillery itself, and ends at the distillery shop and spice bar for a tasting. 
Further experiences will be added such as a gin blending and distillation workshops and mixology classes.

2 May 2024 - Lucy Schofield