This house does not do anything in halves and although we would recommend trying many of the cuvees, we would also highly recommend treating yourself to a bottle of their Ratafia. Henri Giraud Ratafia is a post-dinner must for our team. The innovative packaging of this spirit looks more like a perfume bottle than a product from champagne with all the same aromatic pleasures.
Ratafia is a rare product from the Champagne region that became an IGP (Indication Geographique Protegee) in August 2016. Ratafia is the final press of juice extracted from the grapes. This juice is then blended with a 'Fins de Champagne' which is a high quality spirit (bringing the alcohol level to around 17%). It is then aged in a solera system (formed in triangle of oak barrels) with reserves aged between 15-20 years.
This is a blend of 70/30 pinot noir to chardonnay. The copper coloured liquid gold has notes of cocoa, cinnamon, orange peel, poached pear and cherries. On the palate it has a warming sensation with more dried fruits and Christmas cake coming into play. Supple, smooth and heavenly.