Rétha Oceanic Gin
Usually associated with cognac, the Charente-Maritime region has since 2016 the distinction of being home to the first French gin produced with fresh organic fucus algae. Highly loaded with iodine, they are greenish brown in color and are harvested by hand in the waters just off the shores of the Île de Ré.
Rétha Oceanic Gin is a distilled gin resulting from a maceration and then a distillation. Filtration is done at room temperature to preserve its smooth texture and maritime identity. The invigorating oceanic flavors and aromas are carefully balanced by notes of juniper, citrus, pepper and a hint of ginger. It is particularly pleasant when served chilled, directly out of the freezer; it brings a refreshing, saline touch to the classic Gin and Tonic.
About the Producer
Rétha Spiritueux a unique micro-distillery located on the Île de Ré, off the coast of the Cognac region. It was created in 2014 by sailing enthusiast and craft distiller Jérôme Rigaud and Morgan Guilloto, who takes care of the marketing side of the business.
The name "Rétha" derives from the word for "inhabitant" in the patois of the island. The island itself is nicknamed "Ré la blanche," or White Ré, in reference to the white color of its houses painted with lime and the clarity of the sunlight.
Rétha Spiritueux pays homage to its terroir, its oceanic environment, and the artisanal knowledge of Charentais distillation. Their approach is based on the desire to use the local, natural resources to create authentic, hand-distilled spirits that showcase the strength and essence of the raw materials. They started with Rétha la Blanche, a vodka they created using the fingerling potatoes grown on the Île de Ré − the only potatoes granted AOC status − combined with French wheat distillate, which is then double distilled by a regional micro-distiller. They then added Rétha Oceanic Gin.