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Michel Roux, the iconic spirits marketer who launched Absolut Vodka and created Bombay Sapphire Gin in the 80’s, decided in 1998 to create a company of its own, importing niche spirits not yet supplied by the market such as absinthe, blue gin etc. In early 1999, Crillon Importers Ltd. introduced absinthe to the U.S. market making it available for the first time since it was banned in 1912. Crillon Importers also launched Magellan Gin, the original blue gin. Apart from these spirits “ pioneering “ a category , Crillon Importers also dedicated itself to importing brands strongly rooted in their homeland. Rhum Barbancourt, the most famous Haitian brand, was also brought into the Crillon fold The company now belongs to the iconic Distilleries et Domaines de Provence owned by the Robert family, a century old French distillery located in Forcalquier Provence, France.. One of its members, Jean-Baptiste Robert, is now holding the CEO position overseeing operations and distribution in the US and Canada. The distillery has been making aperitifs and liqueurs for over 120 years, such as Absente Absinthe and Henri Bardouin Pastis “Grand Cru.”