In March 2008, Jean-Jacques Godet (of the House of Godet) and a crew of ten broke all records by landing a small yacht on the continent of Antarctica, the smallest yacht ever to achieve such a feat.
So how does the director of a cognac house celebrate such an achievement? By producing one of the world’s first white cognacs (see in comments that there was another commercial white Cognac before this one) Antarctica Folle Blanche, produced 100% from the grapes from which it takes its name, is aged up to 7 years and is designed to be kept in the freezer and served ice cold.
It’s no surprise that Antarctica is made from the Folle Blanche. In 1870 this grape was all but wiped out by Phylloxera. But thanks to careful cultivation it survived, and the Godet family are now the largest owners of cultivated Folle Blanche grapes in the world.
Antarctica has been launched so far in 14 different countries, and in March 2011 will be launched in the USA. Godet have developed a unique filtration and distilling process which leaves the cognac pure and clear. This, of course, has brought in a whole new customer base of white spirit drinkers. This young, hip crowd love the chilled shots which are far removed from the traditional image of the older cognac drinker.
Jean Jacques Godet says that “This cognac embodies the Godet Family tradition of cognac, tradition looked at with modernism and inspired by the instinct of the people behind our brand.”
Although aimed at the younger cognac drinkers, it has also been well received by those who prefer their eaux-de-vie on the more traditional side. The crisp, delicate taste is a tribute to the knowledge of the Godet family which has been handed down through the generations.
Antarctica comes packaged in simple, clear packaging, evoking the white and icy landscape of the continent which inspired it.
We’ll taste it soon, so wait for our tasting notes.