Absinthe Sauvage 1804 - 2nd edition - 70cl

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Rated 4.5/5 based on 12 customer reviews
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This absinthe is no longer available. However, we highly recommend the new batch of Absinthe Sauvage instead.

What does "Absinthe Sauvage" mean?

Sauvage is the French word for wild or uncultivated. The wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) used in the distillation of the Sauvage is entirely harvested from wild-grown wormwood, as found in the Jura mountains since time immemorial and celebrated for centuries for the richness and unique perfume of its essential oil. In its native state in the region it's a shy plant, growing high up in rocky outcrops, far from roads or even conventional hiking trails. To locate the plants takes time and local knowledge, Archive Spirits worked with a local farmer who has gathered these and other medicinal plants from boyhood, and who knows every inch of the surrounding hills and mountains.

There are no fields here, this wormwood grows in sporadic clumps at high altitude, a few stalks here, a few there. It can take a full day of hiking to harvest 5kg of wormwood, so sparsely situated and inaccessible are the plants. It goes without saying of course that there's no possibility of machine harvesting, each individual stalk is cut and carried by hand, as was done in the very earliest days of absinthe, before the big distilleries started to cultivate it in fields. And the cut wormwood is slowly and meticulously dried over many months in the most traditional possible way, in a century's old "séchoir".

This wormwood, entirely uncorrupted by human intervention or modern agriculture, is the direct lineal descendent of the wild plants first gathered more than two centuries ago by the wandering Huguenot medicine man, Dr Ordinaire, the legendary inventor of the green elixir.

What's the difference in taste and aroma between this wild absinthe and the regular Artemisa absinthium now cultivated in the Jura valley?

The aroma: Smelling the Sauvage is like smelling the quintessence of an Alpine spring, the wildness and freshness overpower your nose with a unique and bewitching fragrance never fully experienced before.

The taste: You experience the Sauvage on many levels - savour a glass and you'll feel the wormwood kick, while the strong and grassy character of the wild herb dominates the other flavours. The strength, the biting and the freshness of all the herbs used for the distillation of the Sauvage guarantee a never ending finish in mouth. One expert who tasted a pre-production sample of the Sauvage likened it to tasting Laphroaig or Lagavulin for the first time, if you've only ever previously tasted J&B - an inexact comparison, but we know what he means!

What recipe is the Absinthe Sauvage based on?

Ingredients so rare and exceptional required a recipe of equal distinction and, since this is an Archive Spirits release, self evidently one from the earliest days of absinthe. Archive Spirits settled on a formulation from a unique and unrecorded 1804 manuscript in the Oxygenee Collection, never previously commercialised. Like all classic absinthe recipes, it's fundamentally based on the holy trinity of wormwood, Florence fennel, and green anise, but of course other mountain herbs are used in lesser quantities in both the distillation and the all-natural coloration.

What is different in this new edition of Sauvage 1804?

This second edition is a mix of the - secretly kept - last 60 liters from the first edition (distilled in very early 2010) another 60 liters from a new micro-distillation, using the same recipe but with a wine alcohol base this time, in order to give you the best of the best: the wildness and richness from the uncultivated mountain wormwood together with the smoothness, mellowness and ageing benefits from the wine alcohol.

How much Absinthe Sauvage is available?

Only 180 bottles, so every one is very precious! So difficult to find and hard to harvest is this extraordinary ingredient, that we cannot guarantee that there will ever be any future production of Absinthe Sauvage once this initial batch is exhausted...
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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.

Your comments

12 review(s)      |      Average score :

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By Pere Ubu

Added on the : 21/09/2012 English

The best tall wormwood since 1914. Period.
This has the best Jura Aa aroma and flavor I've had, as good as the PF1914 I tried this summer.
A superior product.

By Rob Fritz

Added on the : 20/09/2012 English

Just simply outstanding for either the connoisseur or the novice :)

By Absolute favorite

Added on the : 20/09/2012 English

I have been drinking absinthe for about a year now. And when I ordered sausage 1804 I didn't know much about quality. I was still experimenting. In the last year now I have tried 18 different types. Including 4 different vintages. Sausage was my 5 type bought. I bought two bottles. The first bottle was gone in about a week due to how good it was. I then put the other bottle away and rarely drink it due to it possibly never being made again. There is only one other absinthe that I have had that was better. And that was a 40's to 50's vintage Pernod Fils Tarragona (which was amazing). Of course there are a few thing which can be improved on, but not many. The only one I felt needed improvement is the louche, louche is good but I like it thicker. They need to make more. If you have had a taste of this you know how good this absinthe is. If they make more I will be buying it by the case.

By goxx

Added on the : 20/09/2012 English

very interesting, excellent absinthe. manually collected.

By Uncle Dave

Added on the : 20/09/2012 English

At first, I did not like the way it felt in my mouth. Too soft,
I seem to prefer a more crisp texture. I also prefer to drink it neat.
I know that goes against tradition. Well, almost done with the
first bottle and I am glad that I bought two.
Thanks for the opportunity...

By Kurt K

Added on the : 20/09/2012 English

Excellent absinthe, though somewhat less distinctive than I expected after reading the many positive reviews of the first run. Very well made, making it quite easy to drink. I just prefer more complex offerings.

By Tom

Added on the : 20/09/2012 English

LOVE this absinthe.. Bought 4 bottles, just so I would always have some on hand :)

By fan-I-am

Added on the : 31/07/2012 English

Oh my goodness!

Color: in between pale green and yellow. almost light golden brown.

Smell: Hard to describe. A quintessential absinthe smell, planty? (due to wild-grown wormwood) but with a flowery aroma.

TASTE: Wow! Like putting a rose petal on your tongue and sucking it. Very smooth and velvety with that flower/rose taste up in the nose and roof of your mouth.

Finish: Sweet aftertaste lingers gently on the palate.

Verdict: I have never tasted an absinthe that is so more-ish as this one! Be careful, once you start it's hard to stop! You may not even like sharing it because it'll run out quicker. I definitely should've bought more than 2 bottles!

By JohnC

Added on the : 15/05/2012 English

Loved the first edition the herbal freshness was amazing. But the second edition, while gaining from the wine based distillate in terms of smoothness, lost all the herbal punchiness of the first. Insipide rather than sauvage is my verdict. Sorry guys.

By Bruun

Added on the : 15/05/2012 English

Great stuff - I found the first edition quite harsh to begin with, lots of pepper/nutmeg, though it has since mellowed and will probably just get better with ageing. This second edition is more rounded, the caramel sweetness even reminding me of the Perroquet (which is too sweet for my taste). This finds a very nice balance - without losing the wormwood character it has a creamier mouthfeel and the nose has a more rich, fruity character.

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