Ratafia from Gratiot-Pilliere

Neal McMahon Champagne, France, Liqueur, Old World Leave a Comment

Ratafia is the ‘other’ drink of the Champagne region for France, is it worth your attention? 
That is something up might have to answer yourself, but if you like Liqueurs I am sure you will find a spot for this.

I was given a sample tasting for Ratafia from Gartiot-Pilliere winery.
I promised a friend of the wine maker I wouldn’t look at their site till I tasted and gave my thoughts. 
Now I have nothing to taste against since I have never had Ratafia before so this is really a blind taste test as I have nothing to compare with.

First up the color and my best guess based on my wine color chart is a very pale copper. 
Right off there is a familiar alcohol nose that hits you and I immediately think of Brandy.
It has a sweet zesty citrus taste that lasts on the front of the tongue for just the right amount of time.
Grapes prevalent and some type of candy fruit which I cant quite figure out.
This Ratafia grew on me as I tasted it
I will search more Ratafia so that I can get a better understanding of it.

I am unsure how this particular Ratafia is made and stored and I will update my blog once I find out.

NOTE: I tasted a 50ml shot transferred to another bottle given to me, I would like to try this again straight from the bottle in case of possible taint. 

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