The word ‘vodka,’ is so evocative of Russia that it’s hard to remember that other countries brew vodka, too. France, despite its reputation as wine-country, seems determined to establish itself as a power in the vodka world. The country is home to a wide range of excellent vodkas.
A while ago there was a rumor going around that the Kirkland’s vodka brand was just repackaged Grey Goose. The Costco-only brand comes from the same valley in France and uses the same water supply, so it’s easy to see how folks got carried away into conspiracy theory land. The rumor isn’t true, but if you’re forking over the money for Grey Goose you should consider heading to Costco instead. Kirkland’s Vodka has a similar slightly sweet taste, is smoother going down, and is a heck of a lot cheaper.
Most vodka is made with grain, but Cîroc distills their vodka with the finest French grapes. This is good news for gluten free folks and all other takers, as the fruit enriches the slightly sweet taste. Cîroc is also distilled five times for ultimate smoothness. In addition, they have a wide selection of flavored vodka, making this distillery a great go-to for any vodka lover.
Jean-Marc XO Vodka is distilled in the Cognac region of France, and offers a floral bouquet for the nose. Distilled nine times, it boasts a silky taste and an exceptionally long finish. This luxury vodka is on the high end of the price spectrum, so it should be saved for very dry martinis, where the vodka can really shine through.
The newest vodka on this list, Vodka Mariette is made in Bordeaux, using French wheat and pure spring water. As a new vodka, they’re well aware that they have to bring something new to the table to contend with the older heavy-hitters, and they’ve put a lot of effort into their brand. The vodka is smooth and citrusy, and each carafe is handcrafted. The neckless shape is not only distinctive and elegant, but makes it considerably easier to pour this tasty spirit, to the benefit of everyone.