In 1872, the brothers Raymond and Paul Lillet, wine, liqueurs and spirits merchandisers, founded the House Lillet. They created the first and only aperitif of Bordeaux, Lillet (called Kina Lillet to the 70s), which is an assembly of wines of the region of Bordeaux and of home-made liqueurs of fruits from the Wine storehouses of Podensac.

The success of Lillet strengthens in the 2000s and more and more countries discover it. The connoisseurs and the mixologists make of Lillet a major of the best cocktail bars in the world. In Casino Royale, James Bond invents and orders a Kina Lillet martini, which he named the "Vesper" after his love interest in the story. He asks the bartender for a dry Martini, a fraction of a second later he adds to the order: "Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet." It is present in both the Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace films. It is also the preferred drink of serial killer Hannibal Lecter in the series of books written by Thomas Harris.