Creme de Cassis
ESSENTIAL

Crème de cassis

Forever paired with white wine to make a kir, this blackcurrant liqueur has conquered France, and many other countries, since the 19th century. Despite the passage of time, the manufacturing process of this fruit liqueur has largely remained the same. Blackcurrant berries are macerated in alcohol, and then the precious juice is extracted, and sugar is added. Two P.G.I.s, however, set some rules to obtain the designation of Crème de Cassis de Dijon and Crème de Cassis de Bourgogne. Choose your favorite!

Bourgogne Franche-Comté
Production area :
Bourgogne Franche-Comté

What you need to know

Key facts

Descendant of the ratafias, blackcurrant liqueur had no difficulty making it onto the tables in France. Quite the contrary. Created in 1841, it quickly became very popular in cafés. In fact, it was a café waiter who invented the famous "blanc-cass'" later adopted by the deputy mayor of Dijon, one Félix... Kir, who would popularize it under his own name. Since then, two P.G.I.s have been created, in 2013 and 2015, for Crème de Cassis de Dijon and Crème de Cassis de Bourgogne, respectively. The two liqueurs have a very similar manufacturing process. Both include the cold maceration of berries in alcohol before transferring and adding sugar to create a liqueur of at least 15% alcohol. To get into more detail, Crème de Cassis de Bourgogne differs from Crème de Cassis de Dijon due to its larger designation area, a shorter maceration period (3 weeks) and a higher minimum sugar content (450g/l) as well as fruit content (250g/l). From this point of view, the Noir de Bourgogne blackcurrant variety is favored by liqueur makers and their customers. The more customers there are, the more the product is sought after...

Characteristics

Look A dark garnet color, very opaque to purplish.
Smell All the freshness of blackcurrant flavors, without the heaviness of the cooked fruit.
Taste A very velvety texture and an ample, frank attack on the fruit.

Nutritional benefits

Very rich in sugar, Crème de Cassis retains some of the vitamins and antioxidant powers of the fruit. It should nevertheless be consumed in moderation.

Editor's note

« While Crème de Cassis is popular in France, it is just as popular abroad. In the United States, for example, it is used to make the El Diablo cocktail, in addition to lime, tequila and ginger ale. In Japan, it is regularly mixed with... tea! »

How to use

Conservation

Months, even years, in a cool, dry place, away from heat and light.

Pair with

With a pan-fried duck breast, pears in syrup, roasted figs... and, of course, a Bourgogne Aligoté or a Crémant de Bourgogne in a kir.





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