What did you do before creating Gin de Binche?
I was deputy mayor in Binche and worked in marketing and real estate.
What made you decide to create Gin de Binche?
My wife and I are fans of gin and our city and region. We have a world-renowned carnival and a superb city. We wanted to create a gin in homage to our city.
Our gin started off with a joke with friends on a play on words. In Binche, we have the 'Gilles de Binche' (people dressed in clown-like outfits at the Carnival de Binche), so we created a Binche gin to laugh at the famous Binche Gilles that are recognised by Unesco.
Can you tell us about the distillation process and botanicals?
Each spice is distilled separately to avoid quality variations. The boiler warmer in the hammered copper vats allows this Gin to develop its very special character.
We produce at the distillery of Biercée, it is a superb distillery near to us. It is impressive because the distillery is in an old farm completely renovated next to a golf course.
How would you describe Gin de Binche in 3 words?
Unique, soft, and aromatic.
What's your favourite way to drink Gin de Binche?
Simply with an orange zest. The gin is already so aromatic that it is enough. On the other hand, it is very good to drink in gin and tonic with grated dark chocolate.
What gins would you always have on your gin shelf (other than your own of course!)
Marconi 46 from Poli (Italy), gin from Christian Drouin (Calvados - France), Thomas Dakin Gin from Manchester.
What's next for Gin de Binche - any exciting plans?
We are currently working on a new gin with aromas still unused but still in tribute to our beautiful city.