This selection is finished in French oak used to age Chateau Pichon-Baron’s Second Grand Cru Classe flagship wine. A true masterpiece from Bordeaux, this chateau is known for producing legendary Cabernet-based wines that fetch a pretty penny on release. Jefferson’s selected dozens of these barrels, filled them with mature bourbon, and allowed them to rest for months before this whiskey was Goldilock’s “just right.”
The Bordeaux wine character shows well on the nose, with unsullied notes of dark red fruits, chocolate and hints of coffee bean. A full-bodied palate with rich notes of caramel, toffee and spice. This is another feather in the cap for Jefferson’s wine-cask finishes.
Creating very uncommon bourbon is a journey. We seek out new and aged barrels of bourbon from established distilleries that have perfected their art over hundreds of years. Then we do some old-fashioned experimenting, building balance and adding complexity through different selection, agitation and environmental processes until we find the taste Jefferson's is known for. That is found in small batch bottling. It's like making dinner for 8 friends rather than a group of 80 people. Founded in 1997, Jefferson's is the brainchild of Trey Zoeller and his father Chet, a famed bourbon historian. They were continuing a family tradition that goes back to Trey's 8th generation grandmother who was arrested in 1799 for the "production and sales of spirituous liquors." To personify the brand, they chose Thomas Jefferson-known for his curiosity and experimental spirit. This is a mindset to which Trey has dedicated himself, pushing the boundaries of the definition of bourbon. Upholding tradition, yet always discovering new possibilities.