Chartreuse 1966-1973 | La Fabiola
The Chartreuse "La Fabiola" of 1966-1973 (Tarragona)
On December 15, 1960, King Baudouin of Belgium married Fabiola de Mora y Aragón, a Spanish aristocrat. To commemorate such an important event, which is to say the rapprochement between their new home country and the Kingdom of Belgium, it is said that the Carthusian monks distilled a cuvée of liqueur that very same day. They supposedly left it in their cellar for six years before bottling it and selling it to the public. Thus was born the legend of the Chartreuse "Fabiola", which bears the name of the fifth Queen of the Belgians.
In spite of this, the 1960's were not a great decade for the monks who stayed in Spain. While Chartreuse sales had previously hit 250,000 liters, the lack of new distributors and resellers would hit the company hard for the next twenty years. This is the reason why the former Unión Agricola was transformed into the Chartreuse SAE in 1973. The goal of this new entity was to find new business partners in the country.
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