The Distillerie Devoille is not only one of the historic companies that produced absinthe in the 19th century, but was also one of the pioneers in modern times. With Absinthe Libertine they were there very early on and today they have a very wide range of absinthes. Their company headquarters in Fougerolles is one of the two most important places in France for absinthe, along with Pontarlier.
Xavier Devoille was a wine merchant in Charton who delivered to the Rhone Valley with his team of horses. His son Paul took over the small business in 1905 and settled in an old foundry in Moines-Hauts. Around the same time he bought the "Luzet" brand from Constante and Achille Luzet. The product catalog was expanded from pure fruit schnapps to include absinthe. The first product was called Riquette and was produced around 1912. One of Paul Devoille's two daughters married Raymond Gouttefroy. When Paul Devoille died in 1954, Raymond Gouttefroy took over the business. In 1956 he developed the Girardin brand and introduced new products. The business passed to his daughter and her husband Jaques Veillet in 1973, who sold the company to Rene de Miscault in 1985. Today, Devoille is one of the largest absinthe producers in France. Son Hugues de Miscault is in charge of production and father Rene de Miscault runs the Musee des eaux des vie in Lapoutroie near Colmar. The product range is constantly being expanded to include new products (Absinthe Libertine, La Charlotte, Verte and Blanche de Fougerolles).