In a nutshell: A rounded, fruity and full Marc de Bourgogne from Maison Briottet of Dijon
The lowdown: Marc is a type of brandy which, instead of coming from wine, is distilled from what's left over after fermentation - the grape stalks and skins. As a result it has a more powerful and less polished flavour than grape brandy. Unaged examples can be rough, but older ones, such as this, have acquired a good degree of smoothness. It's not something that's seen a lot in the UK, but has quite a following in its home country. Many regions have their own version and this one coming from Burgundy is made from the fruit of the vineyards in the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune. It's aged for a minimum of five years in oak barrels and the result is a brandy with a real roundness and full fruity flavour of the Burgundian terroir.
They were originally established as a negociant in 1836, but by around 1900 production of fruit crèmes, liqueurs, brandies and marcs de Bourgogne had taken centre stage for them and so they moved away from the wine business to concentrate solely on these products. Currently heading up the business is Gérard Briottet, the fourth generation of the family, and he's focussed on maintaining the traditions of his great grandfather Edmond Briottet which shows in their excellent range of drinks.