BIENVENUE EN PAYS DE CHARTREUSE ! WELCOME IN CHARTREUSE MOUNTAINS !

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ORPHELIN A 12 ANS, HYPPOLITE BONAL EST NÉ EN 1826. IL ENTRE AU MONASTÈRE DE LA GRANDE CHARTREUSE EN 1850 ET PREND LE NOM DE FRÈRE RAPHAËL. IL ÉTUDIE LA MÉDECINE À LYON, À PARIS ET SOIGNE LES MOINES DURANT 8 ANNÉES AVANT DE QUITTER LA COMMUNAUTÉ DES CHARTREUX. IL S'INSTALLE ALORS DANS LE VILLAGE VOISIN DE SAINT LAURENT DU PONT COMME MÉDECIN PHARMACIEN. SA PARFAITE CONNAISSANCE DES PLANTES LUI PERMET DE CRÉER, SELON SES TERMES, UN VIN FORTIFIANT QUI REDONNE APPÉTIT, RÉCONFORT ET VITALITÉ : IL CRÉE LE BONAL EN 1865. DANS LES MONTAGNES DE CHARTREUSE POUSSE DE LA GENTIANE, PLANTE AUX RACINES VERTUEUSES, DIGESTIVES ET TONIFIANTES. BONAL EST LE FRUIT D'UNE INFUSION PENDANT PLUSIEURS MOIS DE PLANTES DE MONTAGNES, DE ZESTES D'ORANGES, DE QUINQUINA ET BIEN SÛR DE RACINE DE GENTIANE DE CHARTREUSE DANS DE LA MISTELLE. SAVOUREZ SES ARÔMES DE GENTIANE QUI SE MARIENT À L'ORANGE, SES NUANCES DE GINGEMBRE, DE COING ET DE MIEL. HYPPOLITE BONAL, BORN IN 1826, WAS ORPHANED AT THE AGE OF 12. HE WAS SENT TO THE GRANDE CHARTREUSE MONASTERY WHERE IN 1850 ON BECOMING A MONK, HE TOOK THE NAME OF BROTHER RAPHAEL. HE STUDIED MEDECINE AND PHARMACY IN PARIS AND LYON. AFTER 8 YEARS AS THE ABBEY’S DOCTOR, HE MOVED TO THE NEIGHBOURING VILLAGE OF SAINT LAURENT DU PONT TO BECOME A PHARMACIST. WHILST TAKING LONG, MEDITATIVE WALKS IN THE CHARTREUSE MOUNTAINS, HE COLLECTED NUMEROUS WILD PLANTS AND HERBS AND STUDIED THEIR DIGESTIVE AND MEDICINAL QUALITIES. THIS LED HIM TO CREATE A FORTIFYING WINE KNOWN AS BONAL IN 1865. THIS DELICIOUS APERITIF WINE HAS STOOD APART FOR ITS EXCEPTIONAL COMPLEXITIY, DELIGHTFUL FLAVORS AND STIMULATING PALATE. SERIOUS TO ITS ROLE AS APERITIF,IT WAS KNOWN AS OUVRE L'APPETIT-THE KEY TO THE APPETITE. FOUND POPULAR WITH SPORTMEN, BONAL BECAME AN EARLY SPONSOR OF THE TOUR DE FRANCE. IT IS MADE BY AN INFUSION OF GENTIAN, CINCHONA (QUININE) AND RENOWN HERBS OF THE GRAND CHARTREUSE MOUNTAINS IN A MISTELLE BASE. TRADITIONNALY ENJOYED NEAT OR WITH A TWIST; ALSO MAY ENHANCE CLASSIC DRINKS IN PLACE OF SWEET RED VERMOUTH.