The Taming of the Wild Spring
Relax, take a deep breath, and drink PERRIER®. By the mid 19th century well-to-do spa cities, aka ville d’eaux, were some real hot spots. With the spa craze at its hottest temperature, the fever eventually spread to Les Bouillens thanks to a production decree granted by Napoleon III. Under the provision of Alphonse Garnier, out of gas clients looking to regenerate basked in a variety of types of baths, and of course drank to their hearts’ content bottles of the mineral water.
Decree of June 23, 1863
The decree signed by Napoleon III authorizing the use of Les Bouillens in Vergèze.
Château de Vergèze
The now PERRIER® Museum and former home of the Garnier Family.
This shows the project that established a spa resort at Les Boulliens, ahhh… a Perrier spa dreamy.
The Good Doctor Perrier
What’s up, doc? Well, in 1898, Dr. Perrier was up to a lot. This was the year the good doctor became the official medical director for our spring. With many years worth of knowledge in the benefits of mineral water, Dr Perrier examined and tested this extraordinaire source. His diagnosis? He found that it indeed had therapeutic properties and thus worked at perfecting the bottling process, but something was missing – money, but the good doctor didn’t have to look too far…
Louis Eugène Perrier
Physician with experience in thermal spring medical direction. He perfected techniques for water and gas capture, and established the optimum blend for the water we know and love today. Thanks Dr. Perrier!
At the turn of the 20th century the spring was still known by Les Bouillens as seen on this early label.