History

The history of Maison Briottet

A family firm, established 1836

Dijon Crème de Cassis (Dijon blackcurrant cream), liqueurs

A former wine establishment, our firm was set up in 1836. Given the growing popularity of the "white wine-cassis" aperitif, Edmond Briottet little by little stopped operating as a wine trader and instead switched over gradually to producing Crème de Cassis. Since then, each suiccessive generation of the Briottet family has worked at the firm and the range of liquors has now more than 60 flavors.

1836

Maison Briottet established

Cachet de cire de la maison Briottet A former wine trading company, our firm was established in 1836 by James Demontry who at that time owned a vineyard in Chambolle-Musigny in Burgundy.
1841

Crème de Cassis (blackcurrant cream) invented

Blackcurrants were first of all used to make Ratafia de Cassis (a sweet blackcurrant aperitif drink). Our forebears macerated blackcurrants in wine and then added eau de vie (a distilled beverage) and sugar.
It was more rotgut than liqueur, it was not until 1841 that a fruit-liqueur maker in Dijon started making a blackcurrant liqueur (also known as cassis), by not using wine and eau de vie and by replacing them with “good taste” (neutral) alcohol, so as to change the flavour and the aroma of the blackcurrants.
1900

Edmond Briottet started working in the business

Affiche du cassis Briottet In the 1900s, Edmond Briottet started running the firm set up by Demontry. His father-in-law Jules Theuriet, who had premises at 12 Rue Berlier in Dijon – who was also a wine trader – sold Briottet his company. the two businesses became one.
Given the growing popularity of the ""white wine-cassis"" aperitif, Edmond Briottet little by little stopped operating as a wine trader and instead switched over gradually to producing Dijon Crème de Cassis and started concentrating on the latter.
1920

Oak barrels gave way to concrete vats.
1923

"Cassis de Dijon" officially made an appellation (a protected name)

Given the success of the “white wine-cassis” drink and the fact that more and more people were drinking it, very quickly the limitations of Dijon Cassis became clear. Dijon fruit-liqueur makers then understood that regulations were required in order that their know-how be protected.
Thus, in 1923 the Dijon Court of Appeal acknowledged their expertise in laying down that “Dijon Cassis” had to be made in the city of Dijon.
In 1925 the Court of Appeal’s decision was confirmed by the Court of Cassation.
1945

Canon Kir elected Deputy Mayor of Dijon

Le chanoine Kir The election in 1945 of Canon Kir as Deputy Mayor, a legendary figure in French political life, contributed to the renown of Dijon Cassis. The Canon popularised the “white wine-cassis” drink, which had for a long time been served at receptions in Dijon City Hall.
1950

More and more companies start producing cassis

Given the growing vogue for Dijon Cassis, more and more companies began producing cream of cassis. At that time about twenty or so firms were producing Dijon Cassis.
2010

6th generation

Claire and Vincent Briottet joined the family business.
2012

Geographical indication status awarded to Dijon cassis

Logo de l'indication géographique du Cassis de Dijon Following several years of work, in 2012 Dijon Cassis was granted geographical indication status (published in the French Official Gazette in August 2013).
Geographical indication – or IG – is a European sign which came into being in 2008 as regards spirits. The sign provides a guarantee to consumers that one or more of a given product’s characteristics arise out of its geographical origin. The sign also ensures that the name “Dijon Cassis” is protected throughout the European Union.
As is the case for all products which carry marks relating to quality and origin, checks carried out by independent bodies enable it to be ensured that rules regarding the correct production area and the correct production particulars are complied with.
2012

We enlarged our vat facilities

The last four concrete vats dating back to the 1920s were dismantled and replaced with made-to-measure stainless steel vats.
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Key figures

Established 1836


A family business for six generations


7 employees


Product range  63 liqueurs, 8 eaux de vie, 4 fine spirits


Bottle sizes 14 bottle sizes (from 5 cl to magnums containing 1.5 litres)


Turnover €2 .4 million


Annual volume sold 520,000 bottles


Export 65% of sales go abroad


Sales made in 27 countries France, the UK, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Poland, the USA, Canada, Brazil, Japan, China, New Zealand, Greece, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Holland, Austria, Serbia, Latvia, Croatia, Cambodia, Finland

Briottet

Briottet SAS

12 rue Berlier
21000 DIJON

Tel | +33 3 80 66 18 59

http://www.briottet.com

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We received a French Label EPV, a mark of recognition of the French State

The Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV) label is a mark of recognition of the French State, put in place to reward French firms for the excellence of their traditional and industrial know-how. This label is delivered by the Minister of [...]

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