The beautiful story of Moon Harbour is one of friendship, common passion and shared ambition. The aim of the project was to create a whisky distillery in Bordeaux that would be able to produce an exceptional single malt that would be 100% girondin. There’s also an architectural curiosity; the shiny new building that houses the still backs onto a vast bunker from the Second World War. Originally built to protect the neighbouring submarine base’s fuel supply from bombing, now it is the site of a peaceful whisky ageing process, in barrels that once contained Sauternes wine and red grand crus. To give themselves the best chance possible, Moon Harbour brought in John Mcdougall, known around the world for his expertise as a blender and distiller. The first blends aged in Bordeaux barrels- the first fruit of this partnership- have already been brought out, with the single malt expected to reach maturity in 2020. Making the most of the still, Moon Harbour has also produced a gin, adding coriander and goji to the juniper berries, as well as kaffir limes, timut pepper and Espelette pepper. These new creations aren’t as exotic as it may seem when you consider that this capital of wine and spirits was once a territory of the English Crown, it has always had a close commercial relationship with Scotland, and also welcomed Irish Catholics, some of which have belonged to the pantheon of Bordeaux winemakers since the 17th century (Dillon, Clarke, Kirwan and Lynch for example).
Shop open: Tues-sat 11am-1pm & 2pm-7pm Tour and tastings: Tues-sat 11am, 3pm, 4.30pm and 6pm 492 Bvd. Alfred Daney in Bordeaux Tel. 05 56 29 86 60 moonharbour.fr