This French Fortified (also known as "Lillé" or "Kina Lillet") was created by the brothers Paul and Raymond Lillet, who founded a company in 1872 in Podensac (Graves-Bordeaux). The yellow lillet, created in 1887 and golden in color, is made from 85% Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as 15% of a liqueur made from oranges, bitter oranges, limes and cinchona (hence Kina Lillet) produces. It was only in 1962 that the red variant created by Pierre Lillet came onto the market. It is made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, as well as Merlot and Syrah with the same liqueur as the white Lillet. The maturation of the liqueurs is 8 to 14 months, the alcohol content is 18% vol. The company does not have its own vineyards, but prepares the liqueur and a part of the wine itself. The wine, also known as "L'Apéritif de Bordeaux", quickly developed into a successful fashion drink, especially among artists in London, New York and Paris. Famous graphic artists designed billboards for this purpose, among them Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) and Leonetto Cappielo (1875-1942).
In the 1980s, the brand came with only 18,000 bottles sold per year in major economic problems, especially in France, she was almost forgotten. The company was founded in 1986 by Bruno Borie (the responsible CEO of Châteaux & Domaines Jean-Eugène Borie ), which led the brand Lillet with slightly modified recipe to new success. The crimson "Lillet Rouge" is semisweet, the golden main market "Lillet Blanc" dry, both with a bitter aftertaste. The one wormwood similar aperitif It is traditionally served with lemon peel, grated ginger or mint and drunk cool (8 to 10 ° C). He will also be in many cocktails used. The novel character James Bond 007 created by the crime novelist Ian Fleming drinks his Martini Cocktail not as usual with vermouth, but with Kina Lillet. In "Casino Royale" he names this as "Vesper", after the first name of a courted woman.