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Ratafia Champenois: The Liqueur Made In Champagne
Champagne is perhaps the most popular sparkling wine, but some drinkers may not know that Champagne is also a specific grape variety and region in France in which these grapes are grown. Ratafia Champeonis is another liquor from Champagne that is moving into the spotlight next to its extremely popular sparkling cousin.
Ratafia Champenois is made from the third and fourth pressing of the same grapes used to make Champagne: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. After pressing, the wine is fortified with grape-based brandy, making it a vin de liqueur or sweet, fortified wine that Glass of Bubbly describes as “creamy and smooth tasting.”
The Boissons Spiritueses Champenoises, the organization regulating production of this wine, expects future production to grow to roughly 15 million bottles annually. Emmanuelle Giraud, CEO of Champagne Henri Giraud, even says that today's Champagne shortages are being filled out by offering Ratafia Champenois to consumers.