Lillet Blanc is produced by La Maison Frères Lillet. It’s established by Lillet brothers at 1872 on Bordeaux parish. Kina Lillet was established 15 years later. It was invented due to Louis Pasteur experiments, when he found that quinine has strong affect of malaria prevention. Lillet quinine wine was a special product on it’s own age, when it was white when all other made red wine based blends. At 1980 the company abandon the Kina prefix and named it simply Lillet. Also sugar content was reduced to give more room for aromas.
The base of Lillet Blanc is white wine (85%) where is added fruit liqueur, mostly done by citrus fruits. After blending it’s matured 6-8 months on oak barrels. Lillet is the most popular aperative drink on USA. There is also two different variations of it, Lillet Rouge and Lillet Rose, but the sales of the mare much lower. 75cl bottle bought for price 13.99€ (Selver).
The fruitness comes forward right away on aroma and taste. There are also some herbs tastes, quinine is quite light, I can barely notice it. Aftertaste is quite sweet and slightly bitter. Sweetness is nicely balanced, but what more the bottle stays on fridge that more sweeter it start to taste. Correspondingly, the herb notes and bitterness vanish so it’s recommended to drink empty during two weeks. Taste is quite original and needs some time to getting used to.