During the 25-day fermentation period, the cherries are stirred every day in vats. The distillation is then carried out in conventional pot-stills by a skilled distiller who carefully distinguishes the first and last runnings from the distillation centre, which is held exclusively.
The young Kirsch Brandy is then usually aged in glass demijohns to produce a balanced and characteristically tasty Brandy. When it comes to mixing the numerous batches of different ages – which can only be accomplished by tasting – the Joseph Cartron Company's ancestral know-how is thoroughly articulated.
Tasting Note: It's a cherry stone with a lot of expression and opulence. There's a certain aromatic elegance here. The aromas aren't ethereal in the least. The first wave is dry and has a big finish. In the mouth, the stone hint is confirmed.
Between mid-August and mid-September, cherry-plums are picked in Lorraine by gently shaking the trees to extract the brightly coloured berries.
These sugary plums are then sorted on a conveyor belt to ensure that only the best are kept. Joseph Cartron's Eau-de-vie de Mirabelle is a round and authentic brandy that takes 8kg of fruit to make one litre.
Tasting Note: The fruitiness, after a good maturity, feels ripe with compote nuances. Distinguished and powerful to the nose. The first wave is ample and warm. The texture is round and oily.
The fruits are harvested, brought to maturity, crushed, and fermented. Fermentation is a delicate process that takes several weeks and takes place in vats. The two itinerant distillers, with whom we've worked for decades, then proceed to the distillation, which is performed in a typical Burgundian copper pot-still. The distillers are experienced practitioners who work by ear, eye, and instinct (as they say themselves).
This knowledge is passed down from father to son. The distillers carefully distinguish the first and last runnings from the distillation's heart, which is held exclusively and has a 50 percent alcohol content.
Tasting Note: The first wave is full of ripe fruit and has a subtle aromatic freshness to it. After spinning, the second wave brings out and intensifies the aromas. Good ripe fruit with a lovely finesse and no heaviness or flaws. The texture is round, oily, silky, and complements the fruit well. There are no flaws, and there is a lot of beauty.