Producer: Champagne J. Dumangin
Wine: Ratafia de Champagne Non-Vintage - 750ml
Varietals: 50% Pinot Meunier, 25% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir
Nose: Cinnamon and spices with ripe tropical fruits, figs, nuts, baking and brown sugar
Palate: Nice amount of fruit with great richness and nutty notes
Food: Cheese, melon, chocolate desserts, reducing sauces for duck
Cellaring: Drink now
This ultra rare specialty from Champagne is a blend of half brandy made from Champagne and half grape juice from the region. The Dumangin is then aged for seven years in a combination of vessels including used Crozes-Hermitage barrels. The result is a semi sweet aperitif cut from the same mold as Pineau de Charentes.
"Brilliant use of the juices on each champagne press on top of the Champagne appellation. The grape juice “preserved” by adding a neutral champagne alcohol. The particularly complex blend of Ratafias solera aged, “vino santo” style aged, tank aged (minimum 4 years aging) brings wonderful fruity aromas as well as a very distinguished wood note."