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Originally from the Netherlands, Jaap van Rennes settled in northern Belgium having made his fortune, like a number of his compatriots. A few years ago, he handed over the reins of the Wijnkasteel Genoels-Elderen vineyard to his daughter, Joyce, who studied oenology in France. So she is one of the few female winemakers in Belgium! With production covering 22 hectares, Genoels-Elderen is currently the largest winemaking domain in the country. Its wines, based on the emblematic grape varieties of Burgundy (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir), are of outstanding quality.
Limburgs Levenswater Goud
The domain’s eaux-de-vie are distilled from grape marc from its own Chardonnay plants. Once the harvested grapes have been pressed, the skin, pips and pulp remain, still containing a quantity of juice rich in aromas and sugars. After fermentation, this marc is distilled in a copper still. The distillate has an alcohol content of around 65%. This alcohol is impregnated with the aromas of the marc. The eaux-de-vie are then aged for several years in oak casks.
The Levenswater Goud is the most prestigious of the three eaux-de-vie made by Genoels-Elderen. It has aged for eight years in casks and has not undergone any reduction (no water has been added).