How Joseph Cartron craft liqueurs & eaux-de-vie

Joseph Cartron crafts fruit liqueurs and eaux-de-vie using artisanal methods, respecting techniques, processes and tried and tested recipes. "Let nature do its work and let time best express the savour of the fruit", is the moto of the Joseph Cartron Company.

Crèmes and liqueurs

Fruits are harvested at their optimal maturity and quickly macerated in stainless steel vats with neutral alcohol to capture their fresh fragrances. The optimal infusion time varies for each fruit according to how quickly it transfers its perfumes to the alcohol.

Achieving the perfect balance between the fruit, the alcohol and the sugar ensures the full character of the fruit will be revealed in the finished liqueur. This balance is unique for each different product and has been perfected after numerous tests and batches.

Cartron makes its own essential oils of orange, tangerine, coffee beans and cocoa beans using a traditional pear-shaped pot-still, its unique shape concentrating the aromas of each ingredient.

Eaux-De-Vie, Marcs and Fines

For its Eaux-de-Vie, Cartron has worked for decades with the same families of itinerant distillers. They distil the Poire Williams, the Marc and the Fine in Burgundian copper pot stills.

Then, the Eau-de-Vie de Poire Williams is stored in demijohns protected by wicker baskets where it matures according to ancestral methods in the company's attic. This allows the eaux-de-vie to benefit from thermal shocks during the different seasons and over the years.

For the Marc and the Fine de Bourgogne, maturation is carried out in oak casks in the company's cellars. The Company's three tasters use their palate and experience to blend the contents of these casks.

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Joseph Cartron Crème de Cassis de Bourgogne

This Double Crème de Cassis is made using only Noir de Bourgogne, the noblest blackcurrant variety, grown on the slopes of the Burgundy Grands Crus around

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Joseph Cartron Banane Liqueur

Joseph Cartron flavour this creme de banane liqueur with a maceration of bananas sourced from Ecuador.

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Joseph Cartron Crème de Peche de Vigne

Joseph Cartron has been making liqueurs since 1882 and boasts that up to 70 per cent of the fruits that it uses in its crèmes are from the Burgundy and

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Joseph Cartron Mango Liqueur

Mango is one of the world's most-eaten fruits; its yellow and juicy flesh has delicate floral and peach-like flavours. Joseph Cartron sources mangoes from

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Joseph Cartron Triple Sec Liqueur

Joseph Cartron's Triple Sec Curaçao is made from the essential oils of two varieties of fruit: sweet orange (Para variety from Brazil and Florida) and

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Joseph Cartron Apricot Brandy

Joseph Cartron Apricot Brandy is made with apricots from the Mont du Lyonnais (near Lyons), France. These are harvested when very ripe after the summer

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Joseph Cartron Amaretto Liqueur

The name Amaretto comes from the Italian word 'amaro' meaning bitter. Joseph Cartron use bitter green almonds as the base for their amaretto and how these

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Joseph Cartron Crème de Framboise

Joseph Cartron make their Crème de Framboise with raspberries from the Hautes Côtes de Bourgogne area, less than 20kms from Nuits-Saint-Georges, and

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Joseph Cartron Crème de Mûre des Roncières

The last red berry of the summer, the wild blackberries are only harvested when fully ripe. Joseph Cartron insists on using only wild blackberries rather

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Joseph Cartron Elderflower Liqueur

Its flowers are the most aromatic part of the Elderberry. Joseph Cartron uses elderflowers from Austria and Hungary, which impart fresh and delicately

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Joseph Cartron Crème de Cerise de Bourgogne

Made with Montmorency and chalonnaise cherries.

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Joseph Cartron Lychee Liqueur

Cartron doesn't list the ingredients of this liqueur on its label, claiming the recipe is a 'jealously guarded secret'.

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Joseph Cartron Pamplemousse Rose Liqueur

Made with a fruit concentrate using grapefruits from Israel and Florida.

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Joseph Cartron Parfait Amour Liqueur

This floral liqueur's production process includes a distillation of sun dried lemon peel.

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