- Considered a cult producer in champagne akin to Jacques Selosse
- 100% Biodynamic production from this estate with late-ripening used for maximum flavour profile
- Pair with salted caramel and good quality chocolate
Ratafia de Champagne is an apéritif, made with the juice of freshly-picked Champagne grapes. The juice is fortified immediately after pressing (to prevent fermentation commencing) with a grape spirit distilled from Champagne. It belongs to the same family as Cognac's Pineau des Charentes.
As with all the wines produced by this great grower, this is not your average example of Ratafia. Apart from the renown of the vineyard work, Egly uses only 100% Grand Cru estate Pinot Noir fruit to make this! The fruit is also sorted and pressed gently and the finest of grape spirit is then immediately added. When you consider that most Ratafia comes from a Champagne producer's weakest fruit, you can begin to understand that we are not talking about a standard example of Ratafia.
As we have come to expect, this perfectionist grower refuses to aim for anything less than greatness and that is what we get here. It comes from a particular harvest, in this case 2011, and after two years mellowing in barrel, it is a stunningly pure and intense expression of this rare style that can be drunk on its own, over ice, with soda or used to make a wonderful Kir. It also stays fresh in the fridge for months. Bottled in 2014.