Featured Wine: Azur Rose

Anyone who is familiar with the De Nux team knows we are serious about the pink wine. We've been all about rosé since before it was even cool to drink pink wine in Arkansas and we are always excited to add a new member to our tasty, crisp, and crushable family. Here's our newest addition:

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A drop-dead gorgeous, 100% Syrah rosé produced by renown winemaker Julien Fayard

 

Julien Fayard gained his knowledge and defined his core winemaking style from working at grand Château in France such as Lafite Rothschild and Smith Haut Lafite. In Napa Valley, he’s worked alongside renowned winemaker and long time bud of De Nux Distributors Philippe Melka, who also boasts a pretty dang impressive resume. He has come to be a Napa Valley veteran after more than 10+ years working with some of the most highly acclaimed and sought after wines and vineyards of Napa Valley, such as Caspar Estate, Purlieu, and Matthew Wallace among many others.

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Julien's philosophy is to produce wines that express pure, terroir-driven specificities and characteristics. He believes that as a winemaker, one doesn't control the wine but rather wine style is the result of a combination of soil, climate and vineyard management. 

"As a winemaker, my job is to bring out the best qualities that the vines have provided. I don't seek to make a style of wine but more so to make wine that sings of it's place, it's history and it's uniqueness. That's my goal as a winemaker, to make wines that are pure expressions of their environment and not mask it. Wines with an identity." 
-- Winemaker Julien Fayard

 

Julien was named Wine Spectrum's 2016 Winemaker of the Year for his various achievements in the world of winemaking. He is also featured in an up and coming issue of Wine Spectator so be on the lookout for that!

Sourcing fruit from high altitudes in the Sierra foothills and Napa Valley, this dry Syrah Rosé focuses elegant expression of delicate fruits of strawberry, cranberry and watermelon with a soft, balanced acidity. This year marks the 10th year anniversary of the Azur Rosé and Julien believes that this might be the single best vintage ever produced. We are absolutely in love!!

Azur is available in both 750ml bottles and in kegs! Go try a tasty glass of Azur straight from the keg at Pressroom, The Preacher's Son, and Mirabella's Table in Northwest Arkansas and Heights Tacos and Tamales, Samantha's, and Big Orange in Little Rock. Find it in bottles at all your favorite bottle shops and stores.

It's gonna be a good summer. Cheers!

Featured Brands: Giffard and Bigallet

Giffard and Bigallet in Arkansas!

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Bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts rejoice, the liqueurs are coming!

De Nux is very excited to announce our partnership with two incredible French liqueur brands, Giffard and Bigallet. Both brands boast over a century of liqueur-producing experience and numerous accolades from industry professionals around the world. Expect to see bottles start popping up all over Arkansas by the end of April!

 

Here’s a little history:

Èmile Giffard was a pharmacist with an inventive, curious nature and the palate of a gourmand. In the scorching summer of 1885, in the town of Angers, he was studying the digestive and cooling properties of mint. Giffard's research resulted in the invention of a clear mint liqueur, steam-distilled from the Mitcham variety of peppermint. As delicious as it was refreshing, this liqueur was immediately received with enthusiasm from the townspeople of Angers. Monsieur Giffard's elixir was called Menthe Pastille after the mint candies that were so famous at the time.

Giffard parlayed the success of Menthe Pastille into a fully operational distillery. Since 1885, the Giffard facility has produced liqueurs, syrups, cordials and tonics from the rich bounty of local fruits and botanicals that is the Loire Valley, aka “The Garden of France,” as well as the exotic spices and herbs that were brought in by ship on the Loire River from ports around the world. Four generations later, Giffard is owned and operated by brother and sister, Bruno and Edith Giffard, the great-grandchildren of Èmile, who maintain tradition and quality for all of their products.

De Nux will be carrying a full lineup of Giffard Liqueurs with more to be added in the future!

Felix Bigallet created a liqueur and syrup distillery in 1872 located in Lyon (south-eastern France) to supply pubs, inns and the new merchants of the industrial era. In the beginning, Felix only offered his customers traditional drinks such as Bitter, Amer and Quiquina. Due to the distillery’s success and the need for a larger distillery, the company decided to move to Virieu-sur-Bourbe in the Alpine foothills of Isère, a short distance away from the Lyon-Grenoble train station. The railway made the importation of raw materials easier for Bigallet: wine from the south of France, sugar loaves from the Antilles, rum from the West Indies, lemons from Sicily and oranges from Spain or northerm Africa. Syrups became the company's main product, particularly the famous Citronade, a colourless syrup created from lemon zests and sugar cane syrup. Every year Bigallet goes on creating new and innovative flavours, taking inspiration from its own roots in the heart of the French Alps.

De Nux is excited to carry two incredible and unique liqueurs from Bigallet, China-China Amer and Thyme. 


We’ve got a bunch of new stuff on the way thanks to our new friends at Back Bar Project LLC, so stay tuned!