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  • Canon Felix Kir (1876-1968), the mayor of Dijon, popularized the drinking of “blanc cassis” (white wine with a touch of black currant syrup) by offering it to official visitors. In 1952, he gave the Damidot family, owners of the Lejay-Lagoutte company in Dijon, the right to use his name commercially to sell their drinks. Later he gave the same rights to other companies. After various legal battles, in 1992, the Lejay-Lagoutte company was recognized as the sole owner of the “Un Kir” trademark.

    April 1, 2011