Le Purnalet was born a long time ago. Its origins date back to the Gallo-Roman period. Oral tradition tells us that at that distant period, the Romans planted vines on the southern slope of the Deister.
To do this, they uprooted the mulberry and blackthorn trees. But the vines did not resist the poverty of the soil or the rigors of the Ardennes winter. They withered away and nature regained its rights, and the primitive flora reappeared even more vigorously.
If the occupier failed miserably in his attempt at winemaking, our ancestors already knew the secret of the “Purnalet”. Once picked, the sloes were macerated in large glazed terracotta pots (quite similar to the current La Roche sandstone), with a certain amount of sugar and neutral brandy.