Distillerie Combier was founded in 1834 in Saumur, in the Loire Valley, by local confectioners Jean-Baptiste Combier and his wife; designed by Gustave Eiffel, it is the oldest distillery in the Loire which is still active today. Tradition has it that the Combiers wanted to add a little something special to their sweets in the way of a new flavored liqueur and so developed the world’s first triple sec; it became so popular that they gave up their confectionary business and turned to distilling full-time. After his father’s death, son James considerably expanded the company portfolio and became the first elected mayor of Saumur. Some decades on, in 1966, Combier was acquired by the Champagne house Bollinger; in 2001 they sold all shares in the company to the director, M. Choisne, who remains in control today. Combier’s fruit liqueurs are the culmination of a maceration process that lasts for up to four months, capturing the peak of fragrance for these infusions. Crème de Pamplemousse Rose is a blend of red grapefruit and neutral alcohol, the result of which is a light, refreshing flavor emblematic of the ripest of grapefruits.
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