Michel Couvreur was originally a producer and merchant of Burgundy wine. He bought the Molet cellars in Bouze-lès-Beaune in 1956, then worked in Scotland where he learned how to make whisky.
This Belgian independent bottler specializes in whiskeys aged in sherry and port barrels mainly.
Importantly, he never specifies on the labels the origin of the distillery. Michel Couvreur considers that “90% of the quality of a whiskey comes from the barrel, and only 10% from the distillation process”.
Died on August 17, 2013 at the age of 85, it was his daughter and her husband who took over the business, helped by the cellar master. All Michel Couvreur whiskeys are aged in their cellar in Bouze-lès-Beaune. It is an exceptional cellar, with 150 meters of galleries dug in the heart of the Burgundy rock. It offers perfect conditions for the maturation of whiskey (humidity, silence, calm and depth).
Michel Couvreur whiskeys are the meticulous work of assembly, each barrel is individually monitored and each bottle requires special care (corking, waxing and labeling by hand).
These are very high quality whiskeys with a lot of roundness and balance. Michel Couvreur has a revolutionary and very personal vision of whisky: more than the terroir or the work of the distiller, grain spirits become whiskey through aging in wooden barrels. He will compare it to fertilization, to which he will devote his work and research from 1978…in Burgundy and France.