French designation (water of life) for spirits in use in France and Luxembourg. These designations are protected in connection with the following source products and/or regions of origin. The basis for distillation is fruit, beer, cider, wine or products obtained during the production of wine, such as lees (yeast after fermentation) or pomace (press residues). If a single type of fruit is used, it is indicated, for example eau-de-vie de kirsch (cherry), eau-de-vie de mirabelle (mirabelle) and eau-de-vie de poire (pear).
Other products or designations according to the respective original product are eau-de-vie de bière (beer), eau-de-vie de lie (yeast brandy), or eau-de-vie de marc, if a Marc is obtained from a single grape variety. There are also appellations of origin for brandy, such as eau-de-vie de Cognac, eau-de-vie des Charentes, eau-de-vie de vin de Bourgogne, eau-de-vie de vin de Savoie and many others, where the origin is added.