About Jefferson's Grand Selection Chateau Pichon Baron Cask Finish
Thomas Jefferson was also known to be quite the wine aficionado. As America’s first ambassador to France, he fell in love with the finest wines Bordeaux had to offer. He became particularly enamored with the wines of the Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron vineyards, known for producing elegant, tannic forward Bordeaux wines. His true love was a particular Chateau Pichon Baron, a red wine of world class quality.
Jefferson's Bourbon is a blender and bottler of spirits. Launched in 1997 by Trey and his father Chet Zoeller, a bourbon historian. First released in 1997, Jefferson’s has several offerings in their lineup, and utilizes very innovative and experimental blending and aging techniques. Trey Zoeller likes to mix things up at Jefferson’s, experimenting with a variety of wood treatments used to mature their whiskeys. Through this experimentation, Zoeller taps into the vast uncharted potential of the whiskey industry, delivering highly nuanced, artful spirits. He chose the Pichon Baron wine and toasted French oak wine cask staves to complement the complexity of their Kentucky Straight Bourbon. And the result is nothing short of harmonious.
A limited number barrels are hand-selected for the process, being refilled with Jefferson’s Reserve and aged in a “hot box” environment, creating a truly distinct whiskey, combining the “robust flavors of the Bordeaux, the wood notes of both American and French oak and the grain of a premium bourbon in a delicious, complex and balanced final product” (producer).
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The principal author of the Declaration of Independence and one of the most illustrious founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson was elected the third President of the United States in 1800. During his tenure as President, Jefferson authorized the purchase of the Louisiana Territory, dispatched Lewis and Clark westward to explore the remainder of the continent, and repealed the Whiskey Excise Tax.
After Jefferson retired from public office in 1815, he often tended to the garden that he had cultivated at his Monticello estate. At the time, it was customary for wealthy farmers, including Jefferson, to make their own garden spirits. Each farmer's spirits were unique and reflected their personal tastes and the local terroir of their farm. Jefferson's Reserve Very Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey is crafted by Chet and Trey Zoeller in honor of Jefferson and his experimental nature. While the Zoellers were inspired by Jefferson, their roots can be traced back for generations deep into Kentucky's bourbon history.
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