LOUISVILLE, KY (December 3, 2015) —La Martiniquaise announced that effective December 1, 2015, 375 Park Avenue Spirits, a division of the Sazerac Company is appointed as the exclusive United States importer for its Saint-Vivant Armagnac brand. Produced in France, Saint-Vivant is currently the number two producer of Armagnac worldwide.
Armagnac is the oldest Brandy distilled in France and is believed to date back to 1559 when St. Vivant de la Salle produced the first bottle of Armagnac from his vineyards in Gascony. Named in honor of St. Vivant de la Salle, Saint-Vivant Armagnac is produced in Condom, France in the department of Gers from native white grapes grown in the Bas-Armagnac and Armagnac-Ténarèze regions of Gascony. The brand remains faithful to its heritage by using the time-honored technique of distillation traditionnelle armagnacaise followed by aging in French oak barrels until mature.
Commenting on the appointment, Christophe Pichambert, International Director of La Martiniquaise said, “We are proud and excited to collaborate with 375 Park Avenue Spirits for the importation of Saint-Vivant Armagnac. It is a long-term partnership, and we are very enthusiastic about the growth potential that the US market offers, especially for premium Armagnacs.”
Saint-Vivant’s unique appearance is recognized around the world. Each of the brand’s expressions (VS, VSOP, Napoleon, and XO) is presented in exclusive bottles with inclined necks that feature a wax seal and parchment label reminding one of it’s prestigious old world pedigree.
With four categories of Armagnac (VS, VSOP, Napoleon, and XO) available, 375 Park Avenue Spirits will introduce new Saint-Vivant marques in 16 existing markets (CA, CO, CT, DC, ID, IL, ME, MT, NJ, NY, NV, SC, VT, WA, WI, WY) as well as expand the brand into another eight markets (AZ, MA, MD, GA, FL, IN, MO, MI) in 2016.
“We are thrilled to be working with La Martiniquaise, one of the most well-respected, independent spirit groups in the world,” said Norman Bonchick, Chairman and CEO of 375 Park Avenue Spirits. “They have an outstanding collection of spirit brands such as Saint–Vivant Armagnac. We pride ourselves on working with niche brands of superior quality and as such Saint-Vivant Armagnac is an ideal addition to the 375 Park portfolio with it’s with long heritage, superb quality and exceptional taste.”
About La Martiniquaise
An independent French group founded in 1934, La Martiniquaise is the second-largest spirits group in France and features in the world top 10, with a large portfolio of international brands such as Label 5 Scotch Whisky, Glen Moray Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Poliakov Vodka, Cruz Port, Saint James Rum and many other international spirits. Among the Group’s key brands, Saint-Vivant Armagnac is the second largest producer of Armagnac worldwide. Saint-Vivant Armagnacs has a large range of products including a number of exceptional millesimes. Each bottle is crafted with the utmost care to ensure an exceptional experience. Learn more about La Martiniquaise and Saint-Vivant at www.la-martiniquaise.com.
About 375 Park Avenue Spirits
375 Park Avenue Spirits (formerly Luctor International) was founded in 1981 and quickly became one of the most respected spirits importers. In early 2015, 375 Park became a fully integrated sales company inside the Sazerac Company. Led by Norman Bonchick, Chairman and CEO, 375 Park Avenue Spirits specializes in superior brands from around the world. The diverse portfolio spans from premium to luxury and includes numerous marques from leading international producers: Van Gogh Vodka and Gin from Holland; Tap Whisky and Spicebox from Canada. In mid-2015, 375 Park Avenue Spirits partnered with International Beverage Holdings Ltd., to represent their award-winning portfolio including a superlative collection of single malt whiskies: Speyburn, Old Pulteney, anCnoc, and Balblair. Also from Scotland, Hankey Bannister blended scotch and Caorunn gin. The partnership also includes International Beverage’s portfolio of Thai spirits: Phraya rum, Black Mask Spiced Pacific Rum and Mekhong – an iconic brand and a household name in South East Asia. By aligning with brands that embrace the values and vision of 375 Park Avenue Spirits, the company has created an environment of growth for supplier partners. Learn more about 375 Park Avenue Spirits at www.375park.com.