Bénédictine is united by a quest to achieve the extraordinary that begins with benedictine monk Dom Bernado Vincelli and the Abbey of Fécamp in Normandy, France. The secret recipe of Bénédictine is said to date back to 1510 and is based on local medicinal plants enhanced by oriental spices.
The last surviving monk of the Abbey of Fécamp passed down the secret recipe to the Le Grand family to preserve the legacy of Vincelli and the benedictine monks.
Alexandre Le Grand was passionately committed to protecting the secret recipe of this local elixir and its production process, which is why the same traditional craftsmanship is used today.
AN ICONIC BOTTLE
Alexandre Le Grand ordered a very special glass bottle for his Bénédictine. From the Superior of the Benedictine order in Rome, Alexandre Le Grand obtained the right to use the name and the coat of arms of the Benedictine Abbey in Fécamp. In tribute to Dom Bernardo Vincelli he called his liqueur BÉNÉDICTINE.
He also chose to keep the indication D.O.M., the motto of the Benedictines standing for Deo Optimo Maximo (God infinitely good, infinitely great). It also refers to the Latin word Dominus (Master) given to Benedictine abbots.
A FLAMBOYANT PALACE
To house his precious liqueur, Alexandre Le Grand decided to have a palace-cum-factory built to represent the glory of his Bénédictine.
The Palace, half-Gothic, half-Renaissance, is a subtle harmony of extravagance and sobriety.
The Palace is also a sanctuary housing the collections of the Le Grand family. They are extremely rich and varied, ranging from old books to sculpture, painting and even wrought ironwork.