Yellow Chartreuse - Une Tarragone - 1936-1941 - Voiron, 100 cl

Bottle in good general condition. Under cap level 6,6 cm. Cork cap in good condition, chipped wax with seal on it. No tax stamp. Label in good condition, slightly dirty. Smooth and clean glass. Normal shade. 

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Tasting notes for the Yellow Chartreuse from Voiron (Late 1970s)

  • EYE: This Yellow Chartreuse presents itself to our eyes in a sublime amber robe with an enchanting depth. Its golden reflections recall the passage of time and the richness of its history, creating a captivating aura.
  • NOSE: The monks' liqueur reveals balanced aromas between woody notes, vanilla, and subtle hints of candied citrus. The imprint of aging in the cask harmoniously blends with its more delicate nuances, offering an exceptionally complex olfactory experience.
  • MOUTH: The tasting reveals a liqueur of remarkable finesse. Generous flavors of medicinal herbs, honey, and orange zest unfold on the palate. The velvety texture adds an extra touch of elegance, while a lingering slight bitterness underscores the depth of the elixir.


In short: A Yellow Chartreuse "Une Tarragone" produced by the monks that enchants with its amber color, a complex nose blending woody and citrus notes, and a refined palate revealing a perfect harmony between herbs, honey, and orange. This exceptional liqueur, already enhanced by time, can be experienced immediately. If you choose to let it age, it will only emerge better. Enjoy it as a digestif alongside dark chocolate truffles, a caramelized apple tarte tatin, strong cheeses, or a handful of roasted nuts.

Product Details

Data sheet

100 cl
Yellow Chartreuse
Alcohol, sugar, honey, 130 plants and flowers
Production origin
France, Voiron
% vol.
43 %
50+ years
Serving T°
Tasting Note
To bring out the flavors, Chartreuse is best served with ice. Traditionally considered an after dinner drink, Chartreuse is more and more being enjoyed as a long drink
Made by
The Pères Chartreux
Une Tarragone
6.5 cm
Good condition
Smooth and clean
Cork, slightly damaged wax
Tax Stamp
Collector Bottle
Producer: Les Pères Chartreux
Les Pères Chartreux

The famous liqueur made by Carthusian monks


In 1605, at a Chartreuse monastery of Vauvert, in Paris, the monks received a gift from Marshal d'Estrées, an already ancient manuscript from an “Elixir”, which no one knows the origin of. In this period, only a few monks and even fewer apothecaries understood the use of herbs and plants in the treatment of illness. The manuscript's recipe was so complex that only bits and pieces of it were understood and used by the monastery's apothecary, Frère Jerome Maubec. He finally unraveled the mystery and, in 1737, drew up the practical formula for the preparation of the Elixir.

The distribution and sales of this new medicine were limited. One of the monks of La Grande Chartreuse would load his mule with the small bottles that he sold in Grenoble and Chambéry, and other nearby villages. So tasty was this elixir that it was often used as a beverage rather than a medicine. Recognizing this, the monks, in 1764, adapted the elixir recipe to make a milder beverage, and which we know today as "Green Chartreuse" (55% alcohol). The success of this liqueur was immediate and its fame was no longer restricted to the area around La Grande Chartreuse.  In 1838, the Chartreuse distillers developed a sweeter form of Chartreuse: "Yellow Chartreuse" (43% alcohol)

In 1903, the French government nationalized the Chartreuse distillery. The monks were expelled. The monks took their secret recipe to their refuge in Tarragona, Spain, where they built a new distillery, and began producing their spirits with the same label, but with an additional label which said "Liqueur fabriquée à Tarragone par les Pères Chartreux" ("liqueur manufactured in Tarragone by the Carthusian Fathers"). After World War II, the government lifted the expulsion order, making the Carthusian monks once again legal French residents. Since the closure of the distillery of Tarragona in 1989, the liqueur is produced exclusively in Voiron using the herbal mixture prepared by two monks at Grande Chartreuse.

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