Once upon a time, the Carthusian Fathers, monks of the Chartreuse de Vauvert in Paris, were given a manuscript containing the recipe for an elixir. No one knows the exact...Lire la suite
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Once upon a time, the Carthusian Fathers, monks of the Chartreuse de Vauvert in Paris, were given a manuscript containing the recipe for an elixir. No one knows the exact origin, but we do know that the recipe contained almost every medicinal plant known at the time! In 1737, the apothecary of the Grande Chartreuse monastery near Grenoble was commissioned to carry out a complete study of this elixir, and established what would become the basis of the recipe we know today: he added sugar, reduced the alcohol titration and worked on the color, which became green. This powerful remedy became very popular, and with the same 130-plant base, liqueur Verte was born in 1840, closely followed by liqueur Jaune the same year!
From Fourvoirie, just a few kilometers from the monastery, to Tarragona in Spain and Marseilles for a time, back to Fourvoirie until a landslide forced the Carthusian Fathers to set up the distillery in Voiron... Chartreuse became a legendary product: connoisseurs snapped up the famous Tarragones or the old Voiron, as well as the famous VEP, Chartreuse Verte or Jaune having benefited from prolonged aging to give them a far superior finesse!