Considered an essential aperitif in France, Suze owes its renown to two major benefits: the flavour of wild gentian with its hint of bitterness on the palate, and a slender bottle designed by Henri Porte at the end of the 19th century. Today, Suze is France’s no.5 aperitif.
History and know-how
In 1889, Fernand Moureaux had the idea of distilling gentian roots while trying to create an original aperitif based on something other than wine. For the last 120 years, Suze has been made using the same traditional methods, with maceration and distillation the key stages in producing its unique taste. Its name has been the subject of controversy: does this shortened form of ‘Suzanne’ come from Fernand Moureaux’s sister in law, an aperitif enthusiast, or does it refer to a small river in Switzerland?
Range and Tasting
This famous aperitif forms an ideal base for cocktails with its golden colour and hint of bitterness. The Suze range consists of Suze itself, Suze Saveur d’Autrefois (‘Traditional Flavour’), Suze Fruits Rouges (‘Red Berry Flavour’), Suze Agrumes (‘Citrus Flavour’) and Suze pour Bière (which gives beer an aperitif lift).