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Chartreuse 1945-1951

Reference: CJ_550
Bottled in 1945, part of a batch of 4002 bottled produced in Tarragona.  Bottle in good general condition. Cork cap with very damaged, dirty and cropped wax. Under cap level 7 cm. Front label in average condition,...
Reference: CJ_626
Cork cap with wax in bad condition, cropped. Seeping bottle. Under cap level 7 cm. Tax stamp glued and soaked on the top. Label in good condition, some tears and traces of friction. Smooth and clean glass. Seal....
Reference: CC_103
Bottle in bad condition. cork cap with very damaged wax. There is almost no more wax. Slightly seeping. Under cap level 10,2 cm. Rests of tax stamp glued, in very. bad condition. Front label in bad condition. very...
Reference: CC_102
Bottle in good general condition. Cork cap; dirty wax in very bad condition. Under cap level 7 cm. Tax stamp glued but torn and in bad condition. Front label in correct condition, slightly chipped on the top and on...
Reference: CV_530
Liqueur made by the Carthusian Monks since 1605. The unique natural liqueur in the world, with a completely natural color. This specific bottle was made in their distillery of Tarragona, in Catalonia, which was open...

Pleasure Wine: 1945-1951 Chartreuses


The Chartreuse of 1945-1951 (Tarragona)


The Tarragona distillery was in financial turmoil at the time and was forced to produce brandy in order to make enough money to pay its dozens of employees. The new Brandy CAR would be produced for more than twenty years, from 1944 to 1965. The sales of this liquor were thankfully able to keep the company afloat. As for the eau-de-vie itself, it was akin to a sort of cognac made with a blend of other eaux-de-vie and added caramel. Its degrees (or alcohol by volume) reached 43.5° and it was usually kept in barrels for two years before ending up in a bottle. The CAR was first and foremost meant to be a soldier's drink. British and American troops all took a flask with them on the battlefield.

World War II and the subsequent (and seemingly never-ending) sugar shortages were a real thorn in the Carthusian Fathers' side, as exports to the United States were at an all-time low after 1945 (although the Cuban market was growing, since they bought Brandy in exchange for the much needed sugar used to make Chartreuse liqueur). Until the 1950's, the sugar crisis was heavily weighing on the Spanish Chartreuse. In 1953, things were finally starting to look a bit brighter for the monks, as the sales were going up again.


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