Île de Ré, France
Artisanal spirits celebrating a small French island
French distillers from the Île de Ré
The Origin Story
In love with the Île de Ré
The Île de Ré is a small island off the west coast of France, across the bay from the old city of La Rochelle. Lapped by the waves of the Atlantic Ocean, it’s a peaceful place with its own distinct and quaint charm. Oyster sellers populate the markets in the mornings and, by the afternoon, everyone has retired to the beaches or the patios of the local cafés. Rétha Spirits was created to pay homage to this bewitching place.
Using the local flavours
In the springtime, the sandy soil of the Île de Ré produces a variety of potato called ‘primeur alcmaria’, famous for its delicious flavour. Rétha creators Jérôme and Morgan started with this local potato as a base for distillation, and began producing their first vodka in a nearby microdistillery. The unique flavours of the potato variety lent themselves beautifully to the spirit, and successfully encapsulated the taste of the Île de Ré.
The taste of the Atlantic
Jérôme and Morgan next turned their attention to the sea. The Atlantic Ocean is a huge part of life for the residents of the Île de Ré; many rare types of seaweed wash up on its shores, and it’s home to a large variety of birds and marine life. Jérôme and Morgan’s next creation was an oceanic gin, using freshly gathered algae from the beaches of the Île de Ré.
The secret sauce
Precision and authenticity
Bottling a location
The goal behind Rétha is really to bottle the personality of this unique, historic place. Jérôme and Morgan’s careful use of local products and gentle distillation techniques have resulted in a charming tribute to the island. The unique, local ingredients build up a vivid image of their heritage, giving consumers a real taste of life on the Île de Ré.