Sorgin: a gin from winemaker Francois Lurton made from Sauvignon Blanc
Francois Lurton is something of a winemaking legend - or at the very least, a prominent name from a legendary family.
His new gin, Sorgin, is made not from grain or potatoes but Sauvignon Blanc grapes from Gascony that might otherwise be distilled and aged into a brandy; to this is added a range of botanicals: grapefruit zest, lemon, violets, gorse, lime-zest and redcurrant buds, with juniper added as a distillate.
For the linguistically curious, Sorgin is a basque name for a witch - but not a witch wearing a basque.
Sorgin delicate and complex nose with aromatic herbs, fruitiness and sandalwood; elegant and long with an oily texture and an harmonious, persistent finish. No rough eges whatsoever.
Drink neat as an aperitif or, as Lurton recommends, garnish with a slice or orange or grapefruit.