Bertoux Brandy Is the Next Need-to-Have Bottle for Your Home Bar

The Manual

September 3, 2018

While brandy might not come to mind when you think of cocktails — more specifically, classic cocktails that you can make at home — if Jeff Menashe has anything to say about it, you will be thinking about the category very soon.

That’s because Menashe, a wine and spirits entrepreneur, is introducing a new product, Bertoux Brandy, in an effort to make brandy cocktails great again.

Bertoux is a Solera-style blend of pot-distilled California fine brandies aged three to seven years in French and American oak then bottled at 40 percent alcohol by volume. To create the blend, Menashe worked with legendary bartender Jeff Bell (PDT and Legacy Records) and sommelier Thomas Pastuszak (The NoMad).

According to the release, Bertoux has “candied apricot, orange blossom and honeysuckle, nutmeg, and a gentle toast character” on the nose, which lead to a bright and juicy palate that is rich in citrus and floral components. Pastuszak calls Bertoux “youthful yet mature, energetic yet resolved. We are building on the world’s brandy making history, but introducing a style that has never existed in the spirits realm before.”

Bertoux will be available starting this fall in select on-premise accounts and in stores in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. A 750ml bottle will be sold for around $45. If you need a cocktail to get you started, check out the Sidecar, which is perhaps the most classic of all classic brandy cocktails.