- Cognac, Normandie
Cîroc vodka is a modern premium vodka produced in the South of France. Made using French grapes, the vodka goes through five distillations before resulting in the smooth, fruity vodka. This distinct vodka is manufactured by Diageo, who have a large catalogue of brands of spirits and beer which they offer all over the world.
Available in a variety of flavours, which are constantly being released, there is a Cîroc vodka for every occasion. Indulge to spice up any cocktail and add a touch of flavour and sophistication to old favourites.
In 2003, Cîroc vodka entered the market as a premium vodka made from grapes instead of the grain, corn, or potatoes that traditionally serve as the base for most vodkas. Cîroc’s founder, Jean-Sebastien Robicquet, comes from a family who has lived in the wine-growing region of Bordeaux, France since the 17th century. He studied oenology before changing his focus to spirits instead. He continues to be the master distiller of the brand.
The process for making Cîroc vodka takes root in the winemaking process. Mauzac Blanc, high-altitude grapes from the Gaillac region, and Ugni Blanc, from the Cognac region, are harvested and processed into wine. This wine then is distilled four times in column stills before going through its fifth and final distillation in a traditional copper pot at the historic Distillerie de Maison Villevert - Chevanceaux in the South of France.
In 2007, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs became a brand ambassador and continues to announce new flavours and appear in ads in collaboration with Cîroc.
Cîroc vodkas come in an exciting range of flavours, at the base of which is the backbone of the brand: the flavourless original Cîroc Snap Frost Vodka, 37.5% alcohol by volume. Among the flavoured vodkas are Cîroc Apple, Red Berry, French Vanilla, Mango, Pineapple, Peach, and Coconut.
Other Relevant Information
The name Cîroc comes from the French words “cime”, meaning summit, and “roche”, meaning rock. This is in reference to the high altitudes that the grapes to make Cîroc are grown at. The circumflex (the little hat) over the “i” in Cîroc, comes from French and joins these two words together.
As this vodka is made from grapes rather than grain, the plain vodka is a great option for those looking for a gluten-free vodka. Some of the flavoured vodkas are also considered gluten-free, but this depends entirely on the ingredients added to create the flavours.