The Parisian spirits producer Maison Denis & Denis II Charpentier has taken its first steps into the world of clear spirits with the launch of its new French gin, Baron D. With a range of cognacs and whiskies already under the company’s belt, the new gin is the first product created as a collaboration between the eponymous founder, Denis Charpentier Snr, and his son, Denis II.
“I like gins such as Bombay and Tanqueray. These are very well made,” comments Denis Snr. “When I was young, I drank lots of gin and as I’ve become older I decided that I wanted to make something like those gins I enjoyed in my youth.”
Denis II describes how his idea was “to create a very smooth gin that will be perfect for young people to drink”, and how his inspiration came from innovative gins such as Hendrick’s. The flavour profile of the gin includes cassis, lime, pear, and yuzu from Japan, the last of which is a nod to his Japanese heritage; he explains how he chose yuzu “to honour that country’s heritage and also [his] mother”.