... a liquor of the massif of the same name, with unique know-how, secret composition and unchanged since 1605, of which only two monks hold the secret. ... a liqueur that is an important livelihood of the twenty-two houses of the Order of Chartreux in the world, including the mother house: the Great Chartreuse. 900 years of monastic order. 400 years of liquors. Discover the history of the Chartreuse through the 348 pages of this book, which will become a reference document and the first book published by Chartreuse Diffusion.
"The first book on Chartreuse liqueurs published by Chartreuse Diffusion"
It took more than three years of work to write this book, as its content and iconography are of a rich density. Its great strength is to be a work of truth thanks first of all to the involvement of the Reverend Father of the Great Chartreuse. He opened and worked on his personal archives, thus allowing to reconstruct the authentic history, "dusted" from what the oral tradition has been able to convey or maintain approximatefor a long time.
Through this book, the working group wanted to offer everyone: curious, amateurs, tourists and collectors, the true epic of liquor. A work that is both synthesis and the result of research that, if it had already occurred, had never been carried out to its end or articulated to all the existing elements. It was therefore a question of making much more than a reference book, accompanied by a notebook of the most famous bottles, but of conducting an investigation on the path of 7 distilleries and 415 years of production.
Book Description Sheet - Official Release June 25, 2019
A demanding research, sometimes laborious, exalted at other times, allowed the working group to make real discoveries: by positioning for example the key stages of the development of the Elixir, then of the Green and Yellow liqueurs. This quest has led the working group to the point of collecting, in various places in France, testimonies and assertions of elders who cannot be questioned or neglected. These precious stories confirmed the evidence of a distillery in Paris, but also in Marseille: We are now talking about the 7 distilleries of The Chartreuse Liqueurs!
From the receipt of the manuscript holding the names of the 0 plant species that are part of the composition of the Elixir, to the creation of the first Chartreuse, more than a century of research and development was necessary. A look back at the founding dates of the history of liqueurs:
4 centuries of distillation, 7 distilleries
1605 Donation of the manuscript by the Duke of Estres, to the chartreux of Vauvert
Before 1737 Vauvert Monastery - Paris
1737 - 1864 Monastery of the Great Chartreuse - Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse
1864 - 1903 Furnace - Saint-Laurent-du-Pont
1903 - 1989 Tarragona - Spain
1921 - 1930 Rue de l'Obelisk - Marseille
1932 - 1935 Furnace - Saint-Laurent-du-Pont
1936 - 2017 Caves de la Chartreuse - Voiron
2018 Aiguenoire - Entre-Deux-Guiers
Dates of development of the main liqueurs
1764 Elixir Vegetable of the Great Chartreuse
1840 Green Chartreuse
1840 Yellow Chartreuse
1963 Chartreuse V.E.P
1984 9th Century Liquor
2004 Elixir Liqueur
2008 Liqueur of the Best Workers of France Sommeliers
Quality of the work
An unprecedented experience of the working group used to enrich the book as well as the testimonies of chartreuse's alumni bring a great deal of soul to this work. The photographs of exceptional quality were made by Stéphane Couchet, a photographer based in Chartreuse who managed to capture the depth and grandeur of the monastery of the Grande Chartreuse, to capture the authenticity of the monks of Chartreuse, bring Chartreuse bottles and bottles to life. A complete and unpublished bottle book is presented at the end of the book. The result of a long work based on the precious notes left by a former distiller brother, Fère Marie Bernard.
III. The Working Group
For 3 years, five people, friends and former leaders of the Liqueurs Chartreuse, worked hand in hand to write this book rich in sharing and knowledge: Antoine Munoz, Christian Delafon, Philip Boyer, Martine Galiano and Jean-Marc Roget.
|Type of products||Other products|
|Cuvee's name||Livre Chartreuse La Liqueur|
|Producer||Les Pères Chartreux|
|Main grape variety||No|