In 1764, Brother Antoine, a Carthusian monk at the Grande Chartreuse monastery, put the finishing touches to an utterly unique blend of flavours: an incredible balance of 130 plants and quintessences based on the recipe for the Elixir of Long Life formulated at the Chartreuse monastery in Vauvert, Paris in 1605.
Brother Antoine was unaware that he had just created a real star - Chartreuse Verte - which is still enjoyed today in bars and Michelin-starred restaurants alike.
In the sphere of fine dining and spirits as Chartreuse Verte is the only product in the world still made by the very people who perfected it, the Carthusian monks.
For culture, literature, film and fashion, not content with having given its name to a colour, the Chartreuse regularly makes an appearance because of its evocative power.
For more than 250 years it has constantly been used, assuming the most conflicting paradoxes: young, old, gentle, offensive, discreet, insolent. A liqueur equally at home in a restaurant, a bar or a glitzy nightclub, it knows no boundaries, and can be taken straight in a shot glass or mixed with its accomplices in a cocktail, constantly sparking creativity.
Located in the most beautiful section of the Chartreuse mountain range, this Museum – housed in a 12th century building – was once part of the Monastery and was the home of the Chartreuse Brothers from the 12th to the 17th century.
You may ask for information in English and rent an audio-guide.
Discover the longest liqueur cellar in the world and the Grande-Chartreuse Monastery