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LePlan Belgica Gin Bottle

LePlan Belgica Gin


The fast-paced LePlan-Vermeersch Premium Belgica Gin gives the term GT (Gin-Tonic) a completely new dimension. The secret? A delicious Belgian gin distilled in small batches by De Moor in Aalst with a fragrant blend of Herbes de Provence from Southern France, the backyard of the Vermeersch family.

 

History: Gin is an alcoholic drink that is made by the distillation of a fermented grain batter. By adding juniper berries it receives its specific taste. The flavour of ordinary gin is very dry, therefore it is often mixed with tonic; the famous GT (Gin-Tonic) cocktail. Gin is directly related to the older drink Jenever. This is still a common drink in The Netherlands and Belgium.

Flemish Roots: The oldest record of the juniper berry is an entry in the 13th century encyclopaedia “Der Naturen Bloeme” by Jacob van Maerlant from Bruges. Juniper berries were cooked in wine and used as a medicine. The oldest recognized juniper recipe can be found in the 16th century book “Een Constelijck Distileerboec” by Philippus Hermanni from Antwerp. Via the English Gin became ‘World Famous’…

Region: Belgium (Jenever) & France (herbes de Provence).

Distillation: Distillery De Moor in Aalst (Since 1910).

Gin in 4 phases: malting, mashing, fermentation, and finally: distillation.

Malting: A selection of the best sorts of grain are used: barley, rye and occasionally wheat. Malted barley is always used to form a mash. In the Malt house, the barley is soaked, germinated and then dried to malt, which in addition to starch, also contains malt sugar.

Mashing: The finely ground rye and / or wheat flour is mixed in lukewarm water and heated to 60 to 70 ° C. Next the malt is added and the malt sugar helps to break down the starch in the grains into sugar to create a sugary liquid batter called wort.

Fermentation: Once the wort is cooled down to 20 to 25°C the yeast is added. Yeast converts the sugars into alcohol and carbohydrate gas. The fermentation process takes 72 to 96 hours.

Distillation: When the fermentation process is completed, the wort is pumped into the alembic and the alcohol is distilled for the first time. The product is called raw alcohol. The wort forms a boiling mixture of water / alcohol. Alcohol already boils at 78.3 ° C and thus evaporates first. This vapour is passed through a cooling system to make it liquid again. Consequently, the alcohol is separated from the solid components for the first time. The raw alcohol goes back to the alembic and is purified by the second combustion. This time, the top part of the alcohol and the bottom part of the alcohol are separated from the middle part, which is the best alcohol. It is gradually heated using a column still, with or without the addition of herbs. The colourless distillate that flows through the glass bell is now called malt wine, it has got an alcohol percentage of 45 to 75 % depending on the type and has a pronounced grain flavour and a malt character. The malt wine will then mature on oak barrel or in an inox tank, depending on whether a golden yellow colour or a perfectly bright colourless distillate is requested. After the ripening, the alcohol in the malt wine is brought to a level suitable for drinking (alcohol percentage between 35 and 44%) and bottled as a real corn jenever in glass bottles or stone crock bottles.

Ingredients: Juniper berries and Provencal herbs like rosemary, lavender, marjoram, thyme, basil, dragon, satureja, laurel, sage, oregano added with fennel, coriander seed, angelica, cardamom, lemon peel, orange peel, grains of paradise, cubeb pepper, liquorice, Orris root, cinnamon, gentian root.

Analysis: Alcohol: 44%, residual sugar: 0 gr/l, Temperature for serving: 6° Celsius

Please combine these ingredients for a GT (Gin-Tonic) cocktail with:

  • Neutral: Thomas Henri Tonic Water (200ml) + mint leaves
  • Fruity: Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic Water (200ml) + blue and/or red berries
  • Herbal: Fentimans Tonic Water (125ml) + thyme of rosemary

LePlan Belgica Bubbles


Is this Brut? Yes it certainly is, Belgica Bubbles is the Belgium equivalent of Champagne. Julius Caesar came, saw, and planted his grape trunks in Gallia Belgica, the former Roman province with its Champagne capital; the city of Reims. That asks for a remake. This Belgica, which is fully originated from Chardonnay and Ugni-blanc grapes, sparkles with energy, just like its Northern-French offspring, light at heart and complimenting the taste buds. You will leave an unforgettable impression with this méthode traditionalle made Brut.

Dirk Vermeersch is on a pioneering journey. He is the spiritual father of LePlan-Vermeersch, and since 2000 he has been an active producer in the Rhone valley in Southern France of classic appellation wines and a remarkable series of rock & roll monocépages. In this new adventure he joins a partner from Belgian soil: BGP from Namur. Belgica Bubbles is a méthode traditionalle made Brut that will enter the wine market as Vin Mousseux de Qualité.

The name Belgica Bubbles is actually a wordplay related to Belgica; the Roman province that included present Belgium. Additionally, Belgica included what we nowadays call Luxembourg, the Southern Netherlands, the German Rhine region, and parts of Northern France. After research had been conducted the then capital Durocortorum appeared to be the present city of Reims. Therein lies Vermeersch’s plan to enter the wine market with a ‘Belgian’ Champagne. And as you can see, he succeeded. With this Brut you will certainly leave an unforgettable impression.


LePlan Belgica Bubbles BRUT

  • LePlan GT Châteauneuf du Pape
  • LePlan GT Grenache
  • LePlan GT Viognier
  • LePlan GT X
  • LePlan GT Rosé
  • LePlan GT Doux

LePlan GT wines


The GT wines are principally produced from single grape varieties, using local and traditional grapes such as Alicante, Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Viognier. The total area of the vineyard is 24 hectares (22 ha reds and 2 ha whites). The vines are on average 40 years old and the average yield is 25 hectolitres per hectare. The vines are situated in the area of the appellation with guarantee of origin (AOC) Côtes du Rhône Villages, but are reclassified as Vin de France, as the AOC does not over wines that are produced with mono grape varieties.

The clayey limestone soil with loose pebbles traps the heat during the day and releases it during the night. The soil is naturally drained by the gravel and one finds the first groundwater beyond 3, as a result of which the roots can get at water at the height of summer. The soil, coupled with the Mediterranean climate characterised by its mistral I, which keeps the vines dry and immune to diseases, that’s what makes the Grand Terroir.
The LePlan GT wines are made from organic grapes (certified by Ecocert).

The average annual production of GT wines is 60.000 bottles (Limited).

LePlan Classic wines


The LePlan Classic wines are principally wines covered by the Vallée du Rhône Appellation, produced from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes (GSM) and three Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache rosé and Merlot wines to accompany first courses. This wine is in a way the firm’s second wine, produced from selected grapes and wines from privileged partners in the region, always with Maison LePlan-Vermeersch quality standards.

The average annual production of LePlan Classic wines is 150.000 bottles (unlimited).


  • LePlan Classic Châteauneuf du Pape
  • LePlan Classic Vacqueyras
  • LePlan Classic Gigondas
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LePlan Collector wines

LePlan GT Special Label Raidillon by Paul Howse

LePlan GT-G 2011 by Paul Howse

Limited Edition of 900 Magnums

Eau Rouge-Raidillon at Spa-Francorchamps is one of the most famous, fastest and exciting racing corners in the World. It sweeps uphill into a fast collection of left-right-left corners with a blind summit. The challenge for top drivers has always been to take it flat out. GT cars can take the corner at about 200 km/h, Formula One at over 300 km/h.

Paul Howse is a Designer for the UK’s leading supercar company. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2008 he has penned perhaps the ultimate expression of the hyper GT car utilising genuine F1 technology for the road. The perfect tool in which to tackle Raidillon!

LePlan GT-G Magnum by Kama

LePlan GT-G 2013 by Kama

Limited Edition of 900 Magnums

Kamagurka, born as Luc Zeebroek (5 May 1956), is a Belgian cartoonist, playwright, comic strip artist, painter, comedian, comedic singer and television producer, known for the absurd nature of his work.

LePlan-Vermeersch EVER MEULEN magnum

LePlan-Vermeersch EVER MEULEN

Limited Edition of 999 Magnums

Ever Meulen (born Eddy Vermeulen on 12 February 1946 in Kuurne, Belgium) is a Belgian illustrator, cartoonist, caricaturist and comic strip artist. His pseudonym is based on his name E. Vermeulen. He debuted in 1970, working for the famous magazine Humo. Meulen also had success abroad. In the Netherlands his work was published in magazine Tante Leny presenteert!, as well as Vrij Nederland and OOR. In France in Libération and Télé-Moustique and in United States in RAW and New Yorker. One of his covers for RAW won the Certificate of Design Excellence. He made also album covers for the Belgian bands The Employees, Telex and singer Raymond van het Groenewoud. Meulen is known for his love of stylish cars and motorcycles, as well as old Belgian comics from Tintin and Spirou, two elements he frequently pays homage to in his work.

LePlan Rosé Special Magnum by Fred

LePlan Rosé 2013 by Fred

Limited Edition of 600 Magnums

Fred (Frederick Michielsen) is born Antwerp, Belgium on a sunny day back in 1977. He grew up with the joy of painting and drawing. However, it was only after his 25th birthday that he started to develop his own personal and self-taught style. Frederick started to give a vibrant soul to his canvas, or any other item that he can bring to life with his painting techniques.

Over the last few years he increased his own and special style: a very detailed and very colourful technique. Frederick get his inspiration from how he feels, or what he feels… like in a Crazy World.

LePlan-Vermeersch by Fred & Oxie

LePlan Rosé 2015 by Fred & Oxie

Limited Edition of 999 Magnums

Oxie-Alienski is member of Lastplak, the largest and most active street art collective in the Netherlands since 2001. This artist has painted all over the world, but his home is Rotterdam, there can be seen the most of his work. Previously exhibited Lastplak in Berlin, Los Angeles, St. Petersburg and Thailand.

Fred (Frederick Michielsen) is born Antwerp, Belgium on a sunny day back in 1977. He grew up with the joy of painting and drawing. However, it was only after his 25th birthday that he started to develop his own personal and self-taught style. Frederick started to give a vibrant soul to his canvas, or any other item that he can bring to life with his painting techniques. Over the last few years he increased his own and special style: a very detailed and very colourful technique. Frederick get his inspiration from how he feels, or what he feels… like in a Crazy World.

LePlan GT-X Magnum Tin Label

LePlan GT-X 2011 Tin Label

Limited Edition of 150 Magnums

The GT-X is a blend of the best barrels of the LePlan winery with all grape varieties included Alicante, Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah and Viognier. This wine has a magnificent and deep ruby color, with bright tints. Fresh licorice with subtle earthy notes mixed with dried almond highlight the bouquet. Magnificently opulent and well-rounded, this is a refined and ample wine. The tannins are buttery, fine and integrated, and the finish that lingers on. Only made in Magnum in the best vintages.

LePlan GT-S Tin Label

LePlan GT-S 2012 Tin Label

Limited Edition of 300 Magnums

The GT-S magnum is made from 100% Syrah single grape variety. She has a beautiful deep garnet color. There is eucalyptus on the flora with vanilla and chocolate. This syrah is creamy and sweet, deliciously fruity and lots of length. Bottled in Magnum only in the best vintages.

LePlan GT-1 Tin Label

LePlan GT-1 2012 Tin Label

Limited Edition of 300 Magnums

The LePlan GT-1 Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of Grenache and Syrah. This wine is deeply coloured and intense with blackish purple hues. The heavily perfumed nose has marked notes of black cherry, liquorice, cloves, blackberry jam, chocolate and cocoa. The palate is warm and full-bodied, from concentrated yields teamed with very ripe tannins adding to its overall finesse.  The finish is a subtle lingering of ripened red fruit aromas and liquorice balanced with a hint of tannins. Only bottled in Magnum in the best vintages.

LePlan-Vermeersch Awards


BEST RED WINEMAKER 2013 in Japan Wine Challenge: LePlan-Vermeersch
BEST FRENCH RED WINE in Japan Wine Challenge 2013: LePlan GT-X 2011
BEST FRENCH RED WINE in Denmark Rhone Festival 2013: LePlan GT-X 2011
BEST FRENCH RED WINE in Hong Kong Wine Competition 2013: LePlan GT-G 2011
BEST WINE OF THE YEAR (20-30€) in the Netherlands 2013: LePlan GT-S 2010
BEST SYRAH OF THE WORLD: TOP 10 2013 for LePlan GT-S 2011
BEST GRENACHE OF THE WORLD: TOP 10 2012 for LePlan GT-G 2010