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Domaine Sathenay Creme de Cassis Blackcurrant Liqueur (700ml)
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- ABV 20%
The Domaine is owned by Baron Caius Durfeld, and has been in the same family for Centuries. Located in the heart of Burgundy's Cote de Nuits, the Estate covers over 850ha, most of which is used for corn production, however 25ha are set aside for blackcurrants, which are regarded as the finest in France, particularly for the production of Cassis.
Whilst the Baron's Estate is regarded as France's finest producer of Cassis, he has also constructed an ultra modern production facility for the production of high quality fruit liqueurs. The Estate produces strawberry, plum, peach and raspberry liqueurs as well as cassis. The raspberries, strawberries and peaches are hand harvested whilst other fruits are machine harvested. Any fruit not required for immediate production is frozen.
In order to produce intense liqueurs, the fruit is macerated in high quality alcohol (98% proof) for a period of three months. The maceration takes place in stainless steel tanks, and the higher the proof of the alcohol, the more successful the maceration process. After the maceration is completed, the fruit is gently pressed using a pneumatic press - settled and then racked.
If a crème style of liqueur is required the liqueur base is sweetened with crystalline sugar - 500 gm/litre for cassis and plum (mure). 300 gm/litre for strawberries and peaches, and 330 gm/litre for raspberries.
Domaine Sathenay do not use stabilizers or artificial flavourings. Should flavouring be required the only natural flavourings, made from the liqueur in question are used.
The result is that these liqueurs are renown for their purity of fruit flavours and intensity.
TASTING NOTE: Produced from the finest blackcurrant clones. Very deep brick red colour. The nose is powerful with intense blackcurrant aroma over a herbal, spice and sweet boiled lolly back ground. Rich, overpowering palate. A concentrate – obviously not supposed to be tasted like wine, but none the less one has to test its qualities. Viscous texture, wonderfully sweet and perfect for Kir or Kir Royale. On the palate flavours of blackcurrant herbs and liquorice with a spicy background. Very long sweet blackcurrant, liquorice aftertaste.
Classic Cocktail: The Kir Royale
Kir is a cocktail made with a measure of crème de cassis (blackcurrant liquor) topped up with white wine. In France it is usually drunk as an apéritif before a meal or snack. Originally the wine used was Bourgogne Aligoté, a lesser white wine of Burgundy. Nowadays, various white wines are used throughout France, according to the region and the whim of the barkeeper. Many prefer a white chardonnay-based Burgundy, such as Chablis. It is named after Félix Kir (1876 - 1968), mayor of Dijon in Burgundy, who as a pioneer of the twinning movement in the aftermath of the Second World War popularized the drink by offering it at receptions to visiting delegations. Besides treating his international guests well, he was also promoting two vital economic products of the region. Following the commercial development of crème de cassis in 1841 the cocktail became a popular regional café drink under the name of blanc-cass, but has since become inextricably linked internationally with the name of Mayor Kir. When ordering a kir, waiters in France now normally ask whether you want it made with cassis (blackcurrant), mûre (blackberry) or pèche (peach). The Kir Royale is simply a variation of the Kir using Champagne or other sparkling wine.
1 shot Domaine Sathenay Creme de Cassis Liqueur
Fill up with champagne in a champagne flute & Garnish with a lemon twist.