Michael Hepworth






The Sparkle of Excellence


By Kay Schroeder


HOLLYWOOD(Spiritsman)12/13/16/–Maison Brillet is the owner of the 165 acres of vineyards located between the heart of the Grande Champagne region of Cognac and the River Charante in the Petite Champagne area. Maison Brillet produces some of the finest wines and distilled spirits available such as cognacs, Pineau des Charente, Liquors, Cocktails and Chocolates.


In the center of the Grande Champagne, the first still was installed in the vineyard in 1656 by Guy Brillet, marking the beginning of the double distillation of cognac. Six generations later (1850), Vivien Brillet increased the size of the vineyards and installed his cellars and stills on the banks of the Charente at Graves in the Petite Champagne region bordering on the Grande Champagne.


In 1920, James and his son Jean started selling their Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne Cognacs in bottles and participated in first sales of Pineau de Charente, under the name J. R. Brillet.



Jean-Louis Brillet, tenth generation of the family, extended the range of the Brillet products in 1985 with a Liqueur Belle de Brillet. He also increased the export of his products accounting for 70% to 80% of total sales. In 1995 the cocktail Pearle de Brillet was born and in 2000, a range of Domaine bottled wines, Maine des Aireaux.



  1. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal awarded Belle de Brillet Liqueur Pear and Cognac 94 Points and the Highest Recommendation in the Ultimate Beverage Challenge 2013 with the following declarations “Lush, ripe, fruity, and remarkably elegant…one of the best fruit liqueur opening aromas, finishes as gracefully as any liqueur available today.”


What a delight it was to sample this beautifully bottled pear infused cognac. Billet even included recipes for three drinks to make using this exceptional cognac. Be sure to try one, or all three of them.


Honey Belle

1 oz. Belle de Brillet

¾ oz. Gin

½ oz. Lime Juice

½ oz. Honey



Shake and strain spirits, lime juice and honey into a champagne flute. Top with champagne. Garnish with a lime wheel.


The Garden

1 oz. Belle de Brillet

1 oz. Vikingfjord Vodka

¾ oz. Lemon Juice

¾ oz. Simple Syrup

Mint, Green Grapes, Cucumber, Green Apple


Muddle lemon juice, simple syrup, mint, grape, cucumber, and green apple. Add spirits and shake with ice. Strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with mint sprigs and a slice of pear.


Strawberry Blonde

1 oz. Belle de Brillet

1 oz. Bourbon

¾ oz. Lime Juice


Ginger Beer


Muddle lime juice and strawberry. Add spirits and shake with ice. Strain into a highball glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with candied ginger and a sliced strawberry.


Or, try the simple (though warm and cozy) recipe I have created:




Just Treat It Like Cognac

1 Brandy Warming Set (includes a brandy glass and votive candle)

3 oz. Belle de Brillet Pear and Cognac (BdBP&C)

Pour the BdBP&C into the brandy glass.

Place the glass into the cradle of the warming set.

Light the candle.

Turn (rotate) the glass as the contents heat to the desired warmth.


Even simpler is the following refreshing, just the right sweetness drink (my second Brillet creation).


Belle Peartini


2 oz. Vodka, Chilled in a Martini Glass


Add: ¼ Teaspoon Belle de Brillet Pears and Cognac

Garnish with a slice of pear, strawberry, or lemon.

  1. R. Brillet

depuis 1850




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