A FAMILY'S CRAFTSMANSHIP STORY
From the creation of the small Carrère distillery in 1930 through the extraordinary development led by the Marsolle family up to this day.
The history of Montebello is strewn with difficulties overcame with determination and success and achieved thanks to a winning trio: work, ingenuity and creativity.
Since the early 20th century, combining tradition and innovation, the Marsolle have succeeded to make Montebello flourish. A company with craftsmanship that has become a flagship of Guadeloupe rhum.
A FAMILY OF DISTILLERS SINCE 1892
In 1892, Charles Jacques-Edouard Marsolle, a seasoned investor, decided to acquire the Domaine de la Lise, built in the 17th century by the Lousteau family in the commune of Bouillante.
THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CARRÈRE DISTILLERY
Auguste Clément Dolomie, a merchant originally from La Désirade, decided to set up a distillery on the land of the eponymous estate. Nestled in the first hills by the plain of Petit-Bourg, he named it “Carrère”, the name of the district in which the distillery was located.
THE CARRERE DISTILLERY UNDER THE MARSOLLE FAMILY FLAG
After a few years running “Rose” distillery in Goyave, Jean Marsolle resolved to buy Carrère distillery. By then, the small distillery was only capable of grinding one ton per hour.
ALAIN MARSOLLE AT THE HELM
In 1974, the 30-year-old succeeds his father as manager of the company, which has by then grown considerably. A renovated mill enabled the grinding capacity to increase from 12 to 14 tons per hour.
CARRÈRE DISTILLERY BECOMES MONTEBELLO DISTILLERY
Alain and Emmanuel Marsolle create the company SARL Montebello. This name was given by Madame Veuve Thevenin Jean-Marie. When she bought “a piece of land detached from the Habitation Bell” in April 1859, a few days before the second victory of Napoleonic troops at Montebello della Battaglia, a district south of Milan, Italy.
ALAIN MARSOLLE, A UNIQUE MANAGER
Alain Marsolle is now alone as the head of Montebello. Passionate and self-taught, he was lucky to learn the trade from experts in the craft. He represents a reference for his colleagues with whom he is happy to share his expertise. Tireless, he does not count the hours dedicated to the distillery.
GREGORY AND DOMINIQUE MARSOLLE, 4TH GENERATION OF DISTILLERS
Alain Marsolle, of age, decides to hand over the management to his sons Dominique and Grégory. He is no longer at the helm but still gives good advice and ensures continuity.
Previously assistant to his father, Grégory Marsolle became the manager of Montebello in early 2012. “My job is to ensure the proper functioning of the brand.” – Gregory Marsolle
90 YEARS, THE REBIRTH OF A GUADELOUPEAN MONUMENT
The Marsolle brothers are determined to restore the brand to its former glory by relying on young and local management. With the help of a new dynamic team, the distillery wishes to gain in quality, efficiency and increase its visibility locally and internationally.
We all work together to promote the craftsmanship, the terroir, the quality and innovation in Guadeloupe.