Products from Combier
Combier is the oldest working distillery in the Loire Valley. It was created in 1834 by Jean Baptiste Combier. In the beginning Jean Baptiste was a confectioner and chocolate maker but, he used to additonally make liqueurs to fill the insides of his sweets. He discovered that his liqueurs were so appreciated by customers that he decided to stop making candy and only produce liqueurs. The Combier Distillery remains on the original land he bought to build his factory. We have not moved since the beginning and all production takes place there. It was Jean Baptiste Combier who created the now very famous liquor “Triple Sec”, his being first made in 1834. This is our main product; and we were the first to produce it. Jean Baptiste Combier also created “Elixir Combier”, based on an original recipe of the famous French physician Dr. Raspail. Over the years he developed products with his son James Combier, who was an important figure in Saumur. He was the first mayor elected in the town of Saumur in the 1870's. He was a very social leader, and always cared about the well being of his employees. James was a great traveler and he brought many new discoveries from his trips around the world, such as rare spices, to make new liquors. We now produce many different types of aperitifs, liquors and fruit liquors at Combier, along with absinthe and non-alcoholic fruit syrups. We produce orange liquor and absinthe in our antique distillation room. The architecture in this room was created, in part, by Gustave Eiffel at the beginning of the 20th century. All the original copper alembics in it are still functioning. We produce about 400,000 bottles per year with 80% of our sales as exportation (USA, Germany, England, Japan…) and the rest is sold in shops; such as fine groceries, wine shops or restaurants and hotels. The distillery no longer belongs to the Combier family. It was purchased by Group Bollinger in the 1970’s, and in 2000 was bought by Mr Choisne, the new president. This business is privately owned and local. There are between 12 and 15 working here all year long and we make new products ever year.