Pastis 1811
  • Pastis 1811
  • Pastis 1811
  • Pastis 1811
  • Pastis 1811
  • Pastis 1811

Pastis 1811

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Born in 1811, during Napoleon's reign, the Distillerie Lemercier is one of the oldest family distilleries in France. Its history is closely linked to political events and the laws imposed on spirits.

In this era, although Absinthe made many distilleries wealthy, it was accused of making people go mad and was the subject of heated debates, leading to it finally being banned in 1915... But a simple modification of the recipe allowed Pastis to come into being, and this is how the Distillerie Lemercier’s Pastis was marketed!

Step into History...

When the Lemercier distillery was born during the Napoleonic Empire, at the foot of the Vosges, the region was entering its golden period, particularly because of its special attraction, the Thermal Baths at Plombières-les-Bains. During the 1st Empire, it was not unusual to see the Bonapartes in the most renowned spa towns in France, Germany and Italy... But Plombières was one of the most loved by the family!
In 1809, Empress Josephine and her daughter Hortense met up for the first time in Plombières, with Hortense’s children and heirs to the throne, including Charles-Louis Napoleon, future Napoleon III. The whole town of Plombière hailed the arrival of this imperial line, which attracted much curiosity, and bestowed a certain reputation on the Plombière baths.

Napoleon III…

It was only 47 years later, in 1856, that Napoleon III decided to return to this spa in the Vosges, both to repeat a family tradition but also to soothe his rheumatism. His number of stays grew, and the renovation works began, both on the Thermal Baths and the town, including its gardens, its hotels... the region was already known for the richness of its earth and the know-how of its distillers, but the presence of the Emperor only made Vosges’ reputation grow as it was taken by storm by one of the world’s great men. It was under the reign of Napoleon III that Absinthe had its golden age. Still relatively expensive at the time, it was above all the bourgeoisie’s drink of choice. Later it became more popular, representing 90% of aperitifs consumed!

Not far from there, just a few kilometers from Plombières, is Fougerolles, the birthplace of Distillerie Lemercier Frères!

In the 19th century, while Absinthe made many distilleries rich, including Lemercier, it was accused of causing all of society’s ills and was the subject of lively debates, until it was finally banned in 1915 under the pressure of the powerful wine growers’ lobby, and in the name of the fight against alcoholism.

Numerous substitutes tried to take the place of Absinthe and it was finally a simple modification to the recipe that allowed Pastis to be born in 1923...and this is how Distillerie Lemercier’s Pastis was marketed!

The year 1811 was the starting point for Distillerie Lemercier, but it is also the symbol of a family business that has made it through all the various empires, monarchies, republics and other wars. The Pastis 1811 is the footprint of all of this French history, and its handwritten recipe is simply the perfect illustration of its authenticity. A unique Pastis, both for its fine, delicate taste and its history across the centuries.

After blending, the distillate is aged for a minimum of nine months in tanks in the storage cellar.

Tasting notes:

  • Nose: sweet liquorice notes, harmony of scents, no harshness.
  • Palate: in three stages – aniseed note, herbal note, liquorice note, a very harmonious sensation for the palate, both elegant and subtle.

Serving suggestion: 1 part Pastis 1811 (2cl) per 5-7 parts water + 2 ice cubes.

Médaille d’argent au Cathay Pacific Hong-Kong IWSC, 2020

Médaille d’argent au London Spirits Competition, 2020

Or Médaille d'Or Spirits Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, Plovdiv Bulgarie 2018.

Médaille d'Or au Inside Food And Spirits Competition, 2018.

Médaille d'Argent au Inside Food And Spirits Competition, 2017.

Médaille d'Or au IWSC Londres, 2017.