Color: Deep Golden Amber
Aroma: Toffee and Almond
Tasting Notes: Butterscotch, caramel and brandy; Sweet and savoury notes on the back with candied orange fruit and quince marmalade on the finish.
Food Pairings: Rich desserts, plum pudding and many chocolate based sweets
Grape Variety: Must of Pinot and Chardonnay blended with Champagne brandy
Alcohol Level: 18%
Vinification: Unfermented musts of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are used in a proportion of 66% and then blended in with 33% Marc du Champagne to halt any fermentation, then the fortified wine is placed in small oak casks for 4-5 years before release.
Notes/Facts: Known to be the favorite tipple of Alexander Dumas, we see early accounts in the Loire Valley where Dumas explains his simple recipe for Ratafia in his culinary dictionary of terms.