Can a spirit express terroir? You would be hard pressed to argue otherwise after tasting the artisanal libations of Laurent Cazotte. The now-legendary commercial distillery began in 1967 with Laurent’s father. And today, Laurent farms his family’s ancient plot in the Tarn and oversees the cultivation of fruits, flowers, and vegetables grown both wild and by manual farming methods.
The entire 20-hectare estate is certified organic, with biodynamic practices in place. What grows there reflects both family tradition and Laurent’s fascination with produce of all sorts—wild quince, elderflower, greengage plums, obscure grape varietals like Mauzac Rose (once thought to be extinct), 72 types of tomatoes, and much more.
Every step of the process—from growing to harvesting to producing eau de vies and liqueurs—is done manually and with the utmost respect for nature, the ultimate goal being to preserve the land while utilizing the very best it has to offer.
Laurent’s output is astoundingly prolific, limited in quantity, and a testament to both his intense dedication to artisanal spirits as well as his respect for all that is grown on the farm. Each bottle is a little treasure that is made with an unmatched integrity that is reflected in exceptional quality.