Absinthe La Maison Fontaine Blanche - 70 cl

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An ultra premium artisan absinthe, and winner of the gold medal at the Absinthiades 2012.    Read the whole description

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La Maison Fontaine is an ultra premium absinthe, handcrafted amongst the beautiful Jura Mountains in Pontarlier.

When you discover the absinthe capital of the world, Pontarlier (France), has 200 years of Absinthe heritage and the world's oldest absinthe stills, there's only one thing to do – handcraft a new ultra premium Absinthe.

La Maison Fontaine has been masterfully refined using 15 natural herbs. Some are kept secret, others we're happy to shout about – notably, the world-renowned Pontarlier-grown Grande Absinthe, which together with green anise and fennel is the “holy trinity” of any real Absinthe.

An exceptional traditional Absinthe, a stimulating and refreshing drink.

La Maison Fontaine Blanche was awarded the large gold medal at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles in 2016

Colour: Clear.

Louche: Cloud-white with some blue tints. The louche is beautiful to watch as it forms, neither too quickly, nor too slow.

Aroma: Beautiful green anise and the distinctive flowery smell of Pontarlier wormwood, like an alpine meadow in spring.

Taste: Sweet and refreshing green anise, intense wormwood and rich fennel, the holy trinity in perfect harmony. Notes of lemon and peppermint in the background, along with other tasty herbals and florals.

Finish: Velvety and smooth, wonderful, the finish follows the aroma and taste.


Don't miss out on the opportunity to discover this very special absinthe today!


Emile Pernot, France

1899 :

the young Emile-Ferdinand Pernot, a native of the Fougerolles region, where he had trained as a distiller, joins the Parrot brothers and together they establish “Emile Pernot et Cie” located in Pontarlier. Emile-Ferdinand's son, Emile-Joseph (don't worry, none of their sons were called Emile-Emile even though they loved this first name), a survivor of the World War I trenches, later registers the famous name “Emile Pernot”.

2009 :

The distillery moves from the center of Pontarlier to the magnificent old Cousin Jeune building in La Cluse et Mijoux, at the foot of the Château de Joux, the very same building where the young Emile-Joseph Pernot learnt his trade a century earlier. And you know what? It was a pure coincidence – the building had been a post office and a fire station in the intervening years!

Absinthe distillation at Emile Pernot :


The two century-old copper alembics used by Emile Pernot for their absinthe distillations were made by the famous firm of Egrot in the early 1900s. They were especially designed and built for absinthe distillation, and they are the only stills of their kind in operation anywhere in the world. These stills allow the Pernot distillery to produce absinthes of exceptional quality according to methods unchanged for a century.

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By maddogmoffit

Added on the : 01/05/2013

Still being in my first twenties of absinthe and that thanks to your exellent absinthexplore I would so far say La Maison Fontaine Blanche is by far my favorite. It's smooth with perfect touch of wormwood and still very rich in taste. It is an absinthe I would serve to someone I would like to introduce into what absinthes all are about, to give that person a sound foundation in the world of absinthe.

By Dejv

Added on the : 28/03/2013

This blanche is a true masterpiece. One of those few, that I had to hide eaven from myself from drinking it all too soon. Taste is perfectly balanced and smooth, louche is beautifull and thick. simpy perfect

By Amber

Added on the : 08/03/2013

This absinthe was a delightful surprise. The flavor isn't particularly big and bold, but not at all disappointing. It's quite candied with a really nice wormwood punch. Very fresh and cool, almost like a mint-free mouthwash. I'm really pleased with this one. Generally, I'm not super excited about blanches but this one is fairly complex and it's hard to find anything to complain about.

By New Absintheur

Added on the : 17/11/2012

Once again, a masterpiece from Emile Pernot's repertoire. An excellent choice for those who won't enjoy the bitterness of a regular absinthe.

Flavor: Excellent botanical mix of herbs, removing the "old-fashioned" taste of a bootleg french absinthe (like most of bleue absinthes are, except those from Artemisa-Bugnon Destillery or Blanchette de Combier).

Palate: Like honey syrup... no words to describe it: 10/10

Finish: Like heaven... a delicate and sophisticated sweet finish with a hint of savory bitterness from Pontarlier wormwood. The amount of alcohol is so precise. I was trying to compare it against Roquette 1792 or Perroquete. This absinthe is great for mixing too. 10/10

Louche: Not the best, 7/10 for this one, considering it is a Blue
A must to try, but a little to soft for hardcore absintheurs out there. Thanks absinthes.com!!

By Melliot The CS Long Beach Ambassador

Added on the : 07/11/2012

I've provided my background and experience at the end of this review, so you might weigh my comments to others on the site.


REVIEW:
I know I know, Pernot produced bottles are supposed to be fantastic and flawless, and there's 5 comments granting 5 stars to the Fontaine already...but alas, I can't join them! I tried my damndest to enjoy this, but it just didn't happen.

Eyes: The Louche was moderate, and the blue hint was cool, but the cloudiness came to quickly.
Nose: The floral bouqet was thin and bitter with overwhelming anise that smelled sun-dried
Mouth-feel: thin and rough...a wine drinker would say it had a rough tannic feel to it.
Palette: Bitter, anise driven, with little complexity.

The bitter to the bottle presented some unique cooking challenges and allowed me to create a unique dish that was extremely sweet but not a desert....I called it "Pizza Verte con Jamon y Courdonts". It was a thin crust pizza using a homemade dough. The sauce was 1/3Pesto and 2/3Alfredo blended together with some cilantro to boost the sweetness. The Italian Sausage actually had some fennel in it adding to the sweetness, and Shallots were first caramelized - along with super-sweet baby bell-peppers, further contributing to the sweetness. A moderate Parmigiano cheese topped the whole thing off.

Why put the food? Because this bottle DOES pair well. If you want to access it for that purpose, it'll allow for some serious kitchen-risk-taking and non-traditional recipes. If however you're looking for a bottle to stand on it's own? I can't recommend the Fontaine in that capacity.


MY BACKGROUND:
2006 - Tasted my 1st Absinthe (All European)
2007 - Tasted 6 Absinthes new to me (All European)
2008 - Tasted 6 Absinthes new to me (All European)
2009 - Tasted 2 Absinthes new to me (US Only)
2010 - Tasted 5 Absinthes new to me (4 Euro, 1US)
2011 - Tasted 12 Absinthes new to me (All European)
I'm also a level-1 graduate from the Mastercourt of Sommeliers, worked in the wine industry from 2001-2008, and run an independent cellar-stocking business, where my palette is trusted by high-end clients to purchase wines matching their tastes and expectations of quality. Additionally, since 2010 I've hosted a semi-annual Absinthe Dinner for party sizes of 35-70 guests. Each course is paired with a dish developed uniquely to match the absinthe ordered for the event. Each event usually fills up more quickly with reservations than the previous one, due to the patrons enjoying the pairings and bottle choices to such a significant degree.

By Ernesto

Added on the : 27/08/2012

I would say that is one of the best absinthes there!

By Revolution III

Added on the : 07/08/2012

Clearly among the best, if not the best. Balanced taste and stylish presentation. A serious product made to re-establish Absinthe as a drink of our times, and nicely distancing itself from the sticky green fairy juices through a distrinct balanced taste inviting to be mixed as well as served in the classic way. A welcome addition to the world Absinthe.

By Labsynth

Added on the : 28/06/2012

I was pleasantly surprised to see a new and quality absinthe on the market (nice modern design but also expressed intention to honor tradition), and just had to try it. And in my opinion it is quite superb! I tend to enjoy the floral and herbal notes more than bitterness, so this was a great choice for me. But aside from my personal preferences, this is definitely a winner. I would compare it to the Clandestine (blue bottle), and having tried both back-to-back, I waver between whether this is equal or just shy of matching that quality. It has a similarly heavenly aroma and taste, a refreshing natural sweetness that's just delicious. The only drawback: the louche is just a bit light. I use a little less spring water with Fontaine than with other absinthes.

By James

Added on the : 16/05/2011

In my humble opinion, i find this the perfect absinthe for somone who does not like absinthe. It lacks that bitter after taste that i love. It is very smooth and needs no more sugar, a little water and your ready to go...

By Yellow Fairy

Added on the : 09/07/2010

I am paying attention to a novel concept for the dawning era of “La Maison Fontaine". It is clear that specs of colorless, transparent alcoholic frequency 56 degrees consider Switzerland. However, “La Maison Fontaine" did overcoming of making to uniformity of the taste that was the weak point of La Bleue. In it, perhaps, a licorice element is a cause. The herb composition is brought into relief connecting being done masking in a suppressive thing to the minimum of the green anise. But, beautiful LOUCHE ACTION is not lost yet. I felt the possibility of the new generation absinthe that made them unite the conflicting element at a high level.
In feasts of herbs who talk happily, it is sense of existence of the anise to stop quietly. Is if the fresh tasting is compared, it a novel cuisine? Comfortable reverberations remain in the mind, too.

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