Absinthe Sauvage 1804 - 3rd edition - 70cl

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The 3rd edition of Absinthe Sauvage, made with wild wormwood.    Read the whole description

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This latest batch of Sauvage is a completely new distillation, and a departure from the style of the first 2 Sauvages. The result is something quite different to the first two, and interesting to compare.

What does "Absinthe Sauvage" mean?

French for uncultivated and wild, Sauvage would be the perfect name for a perfume. Read on...

About Wild Wormwood

Wormwood, or artemisia absinthium is the herb that gives absinthe its unique aroma. In the Jura mountain range in France, and its foothills, wormwood has been growing for thousands of years. It is a plant that thrives in harsh conditions. It almost seems that the worse a plant is treated by nature, the more fabulous its bouquet is. Conventionally cultivated wormwood is like a softer, pampered cousin.





The Recipe

The original Sauvage recipe was formulated according to a unique and unrecorded 1804 manuscript. It is at its root a traditional recipe with fennel and anise, alongside a handful of alpine plants all adding their own contribution to the unique scent of Sauvage.







A beautiful herbal green colour in the glass. The nose is pleasant, and the aromatic profile is unique, hinting at wild wormwood, although a lot more subdued than the first editions.

Anise balances out a slightly astringent quality. We recommend trying this version with some sugar.


Like the first editions all those years ago, this is a very limited edition!
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  • Absinthes.com's note:

Emile Pernot, France

1899 :

the young Emile-Ferdinand Pernot, a native of the Fougerolles region, where he had trained as a distiller, joins the Parrot brothers and together they establish “Emile Pernot et Cie” located in Pontarlier. Emile-Ferdinand's son, Emile-Joseph (don't worry, none of their sons were called Emile-Emile even though they loved this first name), a survivor of the World War I trenches, later registers the famous name “Emile Pernot”.

2009 :

The distillery moves from the center of Pontarlier to the magnificent old Cousin Jeune building in La Cluse et Mijoux, at the foot of the Château de Joux, the very same building where the young Emile-Joseph Pernot learnt his trade a century earlier. And you know what? It was a pure coincidence – the building had been a post office and a fire station in the intervening years!

Absinthe distillation at Emile Pernot :


The two century-old copper alembics used by Emile Pernot for their absinthe distillations were made by the famous firm of Egrot in the early 1900s. They were especially designed and built for absinthe distillation, and they are the only stills of their kind in operation anywhere in the world. These stills allow the Pernot distillery to produce absinthes of exceptional quality according to methods unchanged for a century.

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6 review(s)      |      Average score :

By Shaun

Added on the : 30/07/2017

This is first time I have tried Sauvage 1804. I have always enjoyed Roquette 1797 and wanted to see how it compared. I was very pleased with the overall aroma and taste of Sauvage. I will be including it among my favorite absinthe options. If you enjoy Roquette then Sauvage is definitely worth trying!

By Spreasy

Added on the : 30/06/2017

Have tried many different absinthes but this one is my favorite! Does not louche as well as compared with my 2nd fav. Jade Terminus but the taste of this absinthe can't be beat. Has a nice floral tone and not overpowering in any way. I mix a 1:4 ratio with sugar. This I will try and purchase on every order unless I find something better.

By Jeff

Added on the : 24/05/2017

Best absinthe I ever had. Nice and creamy with touch of floral.

By John T Rex

Added on the : 21/02/2017

I enjoyed this absinthe very much. I don't care much about watching it louche, I fix my glass using 1 Oz of absinthe and 3 ice cubes, each equalling 1 Oz of water + 1 tsp of sugar. I stir it up when the ice is almost completely melted. This method gives me a nice cold drink.
Louche he turned it a milky brownish green color but looking through the glass from a different angle, it was more of an amber. I found that interesting.
Taste: initially, very fruity, I've noticed this about wormwood from the Pontarlier region. This was even more so and much better than Vieux Pontarlier.
Instead of amere numbing of the tongue as expected from stronger absinthes, Sauvage produced kind of a fizzy feel.
Finish was very slightly bitter but sweet at the same time. Slight numbness but no real aftertaste.
I like absinthe with personality. This one has a good one and I will be ordering more.

By Hans E

Added on the : 21/11/2016

A special one! The strong and nice Wormwood-scent takes you away. But also takes over the balance against the rest. I find it a bit pale, both concerning color, louche and overall taste. Interesting for a change, not bad at all, but not my top notch.

By absinthe drinker

Added on the : 08/02/2016

Very disappointing. And I am not comparing it to previous batches since I never had the pleasure of trying them. This review in no way reflects upon the proprietor here; they have always been wonderful.

I have been drinking absinthe for a few years. I have enjoyed many from the Emile Pernot distillery. Some of my favorites have been Authentique, La Berthe de Joux, Bourgeois, Roquette and Belle Amie to name a few.

I have eagerly awaited the release of Sauvage. I was not fortunate enough to have obtained a bottle of either of the first two batches. Early in January I saw online that it was available for sale. I quickly ordered three bottles and looked forward to their delivery.

When they arrived I took time the next evening to enjoy Sauvage. I set out the fountain with ice cold water. I have found that some Pernot absinthes are better prepared with a slow drip and ice cold water. I wanted to be sure to treat the Sauvage properly. When I first opened the bottle, I was perplexed with the aroma. It had a very strong alcohol front, and very little herbaceous notes. I let the bottle breath for a couple of hours, then I poured a dose in the glass and set a very slow drip. I do not usually use sugar. The aroma improved some, but it did not become the room filling floral experience that I have had with other absinthe. The drip continued to about a 3:1 ratio, and I was ready to try it now.

What a horrible disappointment it was! The alcohol was very sharp, numbing my tongue. The wormwood was strong at the front, overpowering. There was a very noticeable bitterness following to the end. All the other notes were very flat. The aroma was pleasant but it was very subdued. It was almost overpowered by my hand soap unless I put my nose right on top of the glass. This is not at all what I had expected from such a highly acclaimed absinthe!

The next day I let the bottle breath for about half the day and decided to try another glass in the evening. This time I used sugar and the same preparation method. I was still not good, flat. The sugar helped a little to hide the bitterness, but it was still not an enjoyable absinthe at all. Now I have three bottles that I do not even enjoy enough to drink.

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