Monday, 14 February 2011

Dubonnet, Chaniers

To start the week, here is a lovely ghost sign for Dubonnet painted on the side wall of a farm building on the main road between Saintes and Cognac. A classic among French aperitifs, Dubonnet was invented in 1846 and is made of fortified wine, spices, herbs, and cinchona. This simpler design, with straight letters on a blue background, certainly predates those from Cozes, Montrichard and Saintes.

Vin tonique
au quinquina
Tonic Wine
With Cinchona]

Location: N141, Bourrut, Chaniers, Charente-Maritime / Picture taken on: 31/01/2011

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