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  THE FRENCH COLLECTION
  From a country renown for its wine & fashion & cuisine come some of the greatest mineral waters on earth.

Aqua Maestro is proud to stock the most extensive collection of fine French Waters in North America
     

Badoit (St. Galmier)

Badoit is characterized by tiny carbonation bubbles and a smooth light taste, despite a very strong degree of mineralization. It is delightful along with wine, and a pleasing companion to good cheese. The annual output is limited, making Badoit one of the most sought-after brands among connoisseurs. Harvested from within a granite fissure at a depth of 500 meters, Badoit's flavor is enhanced by its natural Fluoride and Bicarbonate.
     
Little gas (CO2) 2.5 g/l
Acidity (PH) 6
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) 1200 mg/l
Calcium (Ca++) 190 mg/l
Magnesium (Mg++) 85 mg/l
Sodium (Na+) 150 mg/l
Potassium (K+) 10 mg/l
Bicarbonate (HCO3-) 1300 mg/l
Chloride (Cl-) 40 mg/l
Sulphate (SO4--) 40 mg/l
Fluoride (F-) 1 mg/l
Silica (SiO2) 35
     

Contrex (Contrexville)

A sophisticated, acquired taste. Contrex is the king of Calcium at 486 mg/liter, and it is rich in Magnesium and Sulphate, with only a modicum of Bicarbonate for such a high mineral product - in all, a rare, beneficial chemistry. Furthermore, there is almost no Sodium, Chlorides, or Nitrates. Contrex is an elite water, hard to get, and expensive - much like Badoit - and has been thrilling connoisseurs since 1760.
     
No gas (CO2) X
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) 2032 mg/l
Calcium (Ca++) 451 mg/l
Magnesium (Mg++) 66 mg/l
Sodium (Na+) 8 mg/l
Potassium (K+) 3 mg/l
Bicarbonate (HCO3-) 386 mg/l
Chloride (Cl-) 6 mg/l
Sulphate (SO4--) 1058 mg/l
Fluoride (F-) 0.32 mg/l
Nitrate (NO3-) 1 mg/l
     

Evian (Evian-les-Bains)

Along with San Pellegrino (from Italy) and Perrier, Evian is the most visible luxury water in the world. The source in Haute Savoie was discovered in 1789 by the Marquis de Lessert. Nitrates are acceptable at 3.8 milligrams per liter; other than that, there really is nothing exceptional in its chemistry besides the strong level of Silica, and low Sodium content. With its neutral 7.2 pH, Evian rolls along, providing a signature taste understood by few but enjoyed by many.
     
Acidity (PH) 7.2
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) 357 mg/l
Calcium (Ca++) 78 mg/l
Magnesium (Mg++) 24 mg/l
Sodium (Na+) 5 mg/l
Potassium (K+) 1 mg/l
Bicarbonate (HCO3-) 357 mg/l
Chloride (Cl-) 4.5 mg/l
Sulphate (SO4--) 10 mg/l
Nitrate (NO3-) 3.8 mg/l
Silica (SiO2) 13.5 mg/l
     

Perrier (Vergese)

The truth is that the still water of Perrier - aggressively infused with CO2 bubbles - is an undesirable chemistry of unusual acidity (pH of 5.46), and a shocking level of Nitrates; the best thing you can say is that it's low in Sodium. But the famous green bottle has nonetheless become emblematic of "the good life" worldwide. Perrier dates back to the time of Hannibal. Owned by Nestle Foods, this famous marque enjoys a perception of prestige and privilege.
     
Acidity (PH) 5.46
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) 475 mg/l
Calcium (Ca++) 147.3 mg/l
Magnesium (Mg++) 3.4 mg/l
Sodium (Na+) 9 mg/l
Potassium (K+) 0.6 mg/l
Bicarbonate (HCO3-) 390 mg/l
Chloride (Cl-) 21.5 mg/l
Sulphate (SO4--) 33 mg/l
Fluoride (F-) 0.12 mg/l
Nitrate (NO3-) 18 mg/l
     

Vittel (Vosges)

A perennial favorite. Vittel has been drawn since 1863 from a curative spa whose use is documented back to Roman occupation. Vittel is a neutral tasting low Sodium mineral water with balanced levels of Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, and Sulphate. If only we knew the Nitrate content...Also owned by Nestle Foods.
     
No gas (CO2) X
Acidity (PH) 7.2
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) 403 mg/l
Calcium (Ca++) 91 mg/l
Magnesium (Mg++) 19.9 mg/l
Sodium (Na+) 7.3 mg/l
Potassium (K+) 4.9 mg/l
Bicarbonate (HCO3-) 258 mg/l
Chloride (Cl-) 3.7 mg/l
Sulphate (SO4--) 105 mg/l
Fluoride (F-) 0.6 mg/l
     

Volvic (Puy de Dome)

Taken from the Clairivic spring in the Massif Central region. Volvic, as the name implies, has a volcanic geological basis, most evident in its 30 mg/l level of Silica, one of the world's more potent mineral water sources for this element. The perfectly neutral pH of 7.0, and overall low 109 mg/l total mineralization, makes Volvic a special water, truly unique in its chemistry. At 6.3 mg/l, the Nitrate level is higher than the ideal 5.0 maximum - but in the case of Volvic, this slight excess is probably offset by the water's virtues.
     
No gas (CO2) X
Acidity (PH) 7.0
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) 109 mg/l
Calcium (Ca++) 9.9 mg/l
Magnesium (Mg++) 6.1 mg/l
Sodium (Na+) 9.4 mg/l
Potassium (K+) 5.7 mg/l
Bicarbonate (HCO3-) 258 mg/l
Chloride (Cl-) 8.4 mg/l
Sulphate (SO4--) 6.9 mg/l
Nitrate (NO3-) 6.3 mg/l
Silica (SiO2) 30 mg/l
     

Wattwiller (Lithinee, Alsace)

Wattwiller should be on any expert's short list of the world's greatest mineral waters. Its pedigree dates back to Roman times, with the source finally controlled by the monks of the Abbey of Murbach in 735 AD. The name "Wattwiller" itself tells the story - it means "village of water." So fabled is this delicacy, it is believed to have a soul. A look at Wattwiller's chemistry confirms anecdotal reverence. If you don't mind its faint salty aftertaste, this elite water delivers terrific Calcium, Magnesium, Sulphate, and Fluoride. It has a Nitrate level of ZERO!
     
Acidity (PH) 7.5
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) 1092 mg/l
Calcium (Ca++) 288 mg/l
Magnesium (Mg++) 20.1 mg/l
Sodium (Na+) 300 mg/l
Potassium (K+) 1.4 mg/l
Bicarbonate (HCO3-) 142 mg/l
Chloride (Cl-) 3.9 mg/l
Sulphate (SO4--) 678 mg/l
Fluoride (F-) 2 mg/l
Nitrates (NO3) 0 mg/l
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