The 19th century witnesses the flowering of a number of regional distilleries. In Brive-la-Gaillarde, notably, no fewer than ten establishments were created to answer the local demand in aperitifs and extra fine liqueurs. The latter are particularly appreciated at the end of a meal for their sweet taste and digestive qualities.
Jasmin, the Occitan poet, referred to Brive-la-Gaillarde as the “cheerful gateway to the south of France”. Located to the north of the Charente and Gers departments, the liqueur makers of Brive have lived up to their reputation, working lovingly with Cognac and Armagnac, the precious eaux-de-vie of the Southwest!
Other notable wine influences include that of Bordeaux, of course, but also of Cahors and Bergerac. These terroirs have always been associated with the concoction of walnut wines, ratafias and other high quality aperitifs.
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