Musée de l’Absinthe

Marie-Claude Delahaye and George Rowley


Brought absinthe back from the dead and returned commercial distilling to France with La Fée


May 2000


George Rowler & Marie-Claude Delahaye sitting on a throne made of boxes of La Fée Blanche Absinthe

Each distillation of La Fée Parisienne Absinthe Supérieure is personally quality taste tested by Delahaye and Rowley


Distilled Rhône-Alpes


Bottled Paris region

“We have worked together for over 20 years to bring you real French absinthe – so you can taste the past and enjoy loads of delicious drinks”


La Fée Parisienne Absinthe Supérieure

La Fée Eye Logo

“La Fée captures the
aroma and taste that
great writers and
artists such as
Rimbaud, Toulouse-
Lautrec and Vincent
van Gogh enjoyed at
the end of the 19th

Marie-Claude Delahaye
Absinthe Expert and

The Absinthe Museum
in Auvers-sur-Oise,
France shows social and
cultural life of the
impressionist era with
artefacts, posters and
paintings – with a bar to
sample absinthe

Marie-Claude Delahaye and George Rowley

Founders of Absinthe Renaissance

Santé George Rowley and Marie-Claude Delahaye
George Rowley and Marie-Claude Delahaye at Cherry Rocher Distillery

Over the past years there have been a great number of products arriving on the market called ‘absinthe’. Many bear no resemblance to the genuine taste or rituals of 19th Century French Absinthe. Marie-Claude Delahaye, absinthe historian for over 20 years, has taken up the challenge of producing an authentic Absinthe as close as possible to the 19th Century original.

La Fée Absinthe Endorsed by Marie-Claude Delahaye & Musée de l’Absinthe

“La Fée captures the aroma and taste that great writers and artists such as Verlaine, Rimbaud, Toulouse-Lautrec and Vincent van Gogh enjoyed back at the turn of the 19th Century”

Marie-Claude Delahaye

Marie-Claude Delahaye

Marie-Claude Delahaye is a lecturer in cellular biology at the University of Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris. She found her first absinthe spoon in 1981 and was immediately transfixed by the ‘Green Fairy’.

Spending entire days carrying out research in libraries, Marie-Claude became an absinthe historian with the publication of her first book in 1983; ‘Absinthe – History of the Green Fairy’. The original edition of this book is now out of print and has become a collector’s item throughout the world.

Other books have followed which have gradually unveiled the significance of absinthe in 19th Century society and more importantly its influence on art. At the same time, Marie-Claude searched antique shops and markets to establish an impressive collection of Absinthe memorabilia, etchings, drawings and paintings…

After organising numerous exhibitions, Marie-Claude eventually established the Musée de l’Absinthe in 1994. The museum is situated in Auvers-sur-Oise, the village famous for its painters where Vincent van Gogh and his brother, Theo, are buried. Absinthe was the muse of painters and poets during the 19th Century and its true spirit is rekindled at the Absinthe Museum.

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