About us

The history of Atelier du Bouilleur



L’Atelier du Bouilleur is a cooperative craft distillery located in the south of France. Since 2014, we’ve been producing high-quality spirits following the commitments of the “Natural Booze Manifesto” – ethical, ecological, additive-free. We also propose custom distillation for professionals and amateurs, including the Faugères wine estates which entrust us with the production of “Fine Faugères”, the appellation’s barrel aged brandy.


Passionate associates


Cooperative distillery



A century ago, during the times of the “Midi Rouge” (“Red South”), our region was a great producer of wine brandy: the famous “trois-six” and other “Fines” were distilled by the thousands of liters in distilling cooperatives of which one can still find traces in almost every village. Autignac’s former cooperative distillery, now owned by the UDM Group – Union des Distillerie de la Méditerranée, houses our small artisanal distillery. Its existence is the result of a multitude of cooperations. This is reflected in its legal structure: We are a SCOP – a cooperative and participative company, bringing the past of the building to the present.


Our History


1st Mention Fine Faugères

First mention of Fine Faugères in the inventory of Empress Josephine’s cellar.


Start of construction

Construction of the cooperative distillery in Autignac.


Auction sale

vente aux enchères des dernières Fine Faugères après l’arrêt de la production par les Frères Salles.


Resumption of production

The production was resumed on the initiative of the Faugères syndicate in cooperation with Matthieu Frécon (itinerant distiller), the UDM group (owner of the building) and its regional director Philippe Cayrol.


Creation of Atelier du Bouilleur

Creation of L’Atelier du Bouilleur by Martial Berthaud and Quentin LeCleac’h.


The team is growing!

Arrival of Theresa in the team and departure of Quentin.


Launch of the Natural Booze Manifesto

Launch of the Manifeste de la Gnôle Naturelle in cooperation with Alcools Vivant and Distillerie Baptiste.


The team is growing!

Matthieu joins the team.

The team

Behind the eau-de-vies, a SCOP

Today, our SCOP is made up of three associates: Martial, Theresa and Matthieu, who live and work on site, in a collective, post-punk mode.

Recover, recycle, repair and cultivate: we try to do as many things as possible ourselves, to reduce the pollution of our dear planet and the consumption of its resources. And each one of us contributes his or her part in a complentary team work.


“You are an artist whose art is only revealed if you open the bottle!” said a photographer during a discussion about the “Josiane” project, our French agave brandy. Buddy Willie, English chocolatier at Willie’s Cacao and intern at AdB, agrees: “Martial is the most passionate distiller I’ve ever seen. When he talks about distillation it’s like he’s playing a musical instrument.”
For a long time now, the transformation of a raw material into a transparent alcoholic liquid has fascinated him: picking the fruit, watching over the living organisms during fermentation, understanding the micro-organisms and their habits, allowing himself to be surprised, and then taking the time for distillation, simply but with all 5 senses, by hand, with the nose, with the strength of his arms (and his forklift). He has been passionate about distillation since 2002, and guided by Matthieu Frécon’s book “L’alambic” (The still) he tried his first experiments: perched at the time in squatted villages in the Cevennes. For its very first brandy it took a team of friends to collect the fruit – the tree strawberry (arbutus).

At the beginning of 2010 Martial needs to change his life. He thought about distillation and decided to become a professional. In search of a still, he met Matthieu Frécon, the author of the famous book, at the time a mobile distiller in Faugères. He too wants to change his life. If he sells his stills, it is to leave. The meeting of the two is synergistic. Matthieu sees in front of him a successor worthy of his work and proposes to Martial to take over everything, including the performance for the Faugerois. With a friend – Quentin Lecleac’h, now a distiller in Uzes – and the help of UDM and its regional director Philippe Cayrol, and with the support of the wine estates of Faugères, AdB was founded.

Today, there is hardly a fruit or vegetable that would have resisted Martial’s attempts, whether fermenting cane juice from Vietnam or wild agaves foraged in Marseille, or making daring Gin recipes or barrel aged brandy. When people with ideas and projects contact him they often find an open ear, and the crazier or more difficult the idea, the more tempted he is. Martial loves anything that allows him to play with his stills to produce art in bottles.


Theresa is a true Swiss Army knife. Originally from Germany, she is a certified penal mediator, translator in three languages, lecturer, writer, gardener, botanical connoisseur and spirits enthusiast. She is co-author of the Natural Booze Manifesto and has visited most of the artisanal distilleries in Europe in order to write a book on the subject.

Having arrived at the distillery in 2016, she contributed to the renovation of the buildings, the development of the vegetable and aromatic garden and manages Atelier du Bouilleur’s public relations.

Loving to go for walks and foraging missions, it is not rare to see her coming back with all kinds of plants, fruits, berries or mushrooms. She has a habit of macerating and transforming things and contributes greatly to the development of spirit recipes.
She is vegan, and as a good cook, she takes great pleasure in treating her guests to meals without animal products. She describes flavour with precision, thanks to a very sharp palate, the finesse of which you’ll be able to perceive if you find yourself with her at a tasting.


September 2016 France Quintessence show, tasting after tasting with potential customers without interest and there: boom! Matthieu Collin comes from the restaurant where he was chef and tastes our spirits with precision and curiosity. Two years later, at big Raymond’s Cave St Martin, a gastronomic wine bar famous in the small world of natural wines: re-boom! Matthieu delights us with his dishes and his food and wine pairings. A friendship was born, made of tasting water, wine, alcohol, plants and good food, but above all of beautiful discussions and laughter. We stayed in regular contact even when he returned to Paris to practice his talents as a chef. May 2019 challenge: cook a gourmet vegan meal at Theresa’s birthday party! Boom again! Matthieu has amazed us. Result: a break in his career and in that of Martial. Linking cooking and distillation is a new world that reveals itself to us… At the second confinement Matthieu arrives at the distillery to leave his career as chef and begin that of a distiller.

Obviously from that moment on, everything changed at the distillery. His seriousness at work, his ideas, experience, know-how, his good mood and curiosity allowed us to advance in our distilling adventure. Martial finds an accomplice, a successor, an associate and someone to pass on his knowledge to while learning from him. In short, instead of handing the business over to him too quickly, they’re working together for a while: the succession is more than assured. The trio of distillers, pickers, roommates… is born, and it’s a perfect match.
Quote from Martial: “What stands out for me the most is that after years of distilling he’s the most passionate person I’ve ever met, and I’m lucky enough to work with him!”