After making home brews with macerated plants and fruits, and then adding sugar, he opened the first distillery in France in 1705. Over the centuries, the company's reputation has grown, making drinks for events like the weddings of the Dauphins de France and visits from monarchs. 

Mergers between distilleries throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries brought the company to become a sizeable entity, and then the cocktail craze of the early 20th century allowed them to flourish.