Featured Brands: Giffard and Bigallet

Giffard and Bigallet in Arkansas!


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!

Meet Benoit Touquette of Teeter Totter Wines!

“Having tasted a number of Touquette’s wines over the last year, it is pretty clear he is one of the emerging stars in Napa Valley.”    ~ Antonio Galloni


Benoit Touquette is a rapidly rising talents in Napa Valley. Not only is he hailed as one of the best winemakers in the world, but as one of the best and biggest personalities in Napa! 

When his dream of being a fighter pilot in the French army was dashed because of a medical test, Benoit tried his hand working at an auto body shop, in road construction and even in banking alongside his father. It wasn't until he got a job with a mobile bottling line in Bordeaux that he was introduced to the wine business and his career choice started to crystallize. While working toward his Masters diplomas in both Chemistry and Oenology, Benoit worked at several French wineries in a production capacity. His experience made two things clear to him: he didn’t want to work in Bordeaux, where opportunities were limited if you weren’t born into a wine family; he did want to be involved with making high end, limited production wines, wherever that might take him.

When Realm’s first winemaker left in 2010, Benoit offered to help his friend – and Realm’s founder -- Juan Mercado with blending the 2009 vintage wines. That offer turned into a full-time gig, and Benoit joined Realm in 2011. Robert Parker honored Benoit's talents this year by awarding two of his wines the coveted 100 point score. 

"Benny" captivates people with his energy and work ethic. He's made wines at over a dozen high-profile wineries, bringing his enviable palate and passion to each new project. De Nux is very proud to bring the beautiful work of Benoit Touquette to Arkansas via Teeter-Totter wines! 

Benny describes the deep and delightful 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon ($59.99) as "opaque ruby/purple-colored, exhibit[ing] tons of fruit on the nose: crème de cassis, black currants and blackberries intermixed with notes of baking spices, lavender, graphite and licorice. It is a medium to full-bodied, round and juicy wine that could be drunk now or over the next decade or more." This Cab is a deep, dark and serious ruby red on the outside, but a proud party-loving nonconformist on the inside. Not your grandma's Napa Cab. 

  • Cabernet Sauvignon: 75% sourced from Calistoga, Oakville, Rutherford, Yountville, and a little bit of Howell Mountain
  • Cabernet Franc: 7% from Calistoga
  • Syrah: 7% from Calistoga
  • Zinfandel: 5% from Yountville
  • Merlot: 4% from Saint Helena
  • Petit Verdot: 2% Yountville
  • Aged in 45% new oak

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The 2013 Teeter-Totter Chardonnay ($32.99) is a true delight:

"Bright yellow with a faint green tint, this wine hooks you in with aromas of toast, honey, and baked Golden apples on the nose. Buttered popcorn and brioche make their entrance next, with a side of fresh lemon custard that's creamy and bright at the same time. Biscuits and citrus peel carry the finish, which unfolds at its own deliciously slow pace. Bottom line: this wine is rich, smooth, and sexy -- and it knows it."

  • Fruit composition: Napa and Sonoma
  • Aged in 45% new oak, 2/3 malolactic fermentation

The 2014 Rosé ($20) is Teeter-Totter's first pink wine, and with this one they've hit it out of the park!

"… Aromas of a summertime punch bowl--fresh red fruit, lollipop, citrus and pineapple, with candied raspberry to garnish the glass. Wild salmon-colored, this wine's great acidity captures your attention and holds the wild fruit together. A ridiculously long raspberry finish makes sure you won't be forgetting this dangerous little redhead anytime soon."

  • Blend: Saignée of Syrah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, with a hint of Sauvignon Blanc

Look for Teeter-Totter Chardonnay and Rosé to hit the shelves next week!