For fans of French cocktails, the drink ‘kir’ is a tipple you have most likely sipped on ahead of. Designed by mixing white wine (or at times sparkling champagne) with Crème de cassis, Kir is stated to have originated in the Burgundy area. Consequently, it must come as no surprise that there’s no shortage of Crème de Cassis producers in Bourgogne, such as that of Le Cassissium in Nuits-Saint-Georges.
A short history of Le Cassissium in Burgundy
As you might effectively currently know, Cassis is the French word for ‘blackcurrant’. Properly, Le Cassissium of Bourgogne is, by any account, all about the globe of blackcurrants. From the plants increasing inside the visitor location to the aromas that are ever-wafting from the factory floor, what began out as a production plant has considering the fact that also created into a side tourist business enterprise that draws absolutely everyone in from the passerby to the liqueur connoisseur.
There’s been a factory on web page considering the fact that 1923, and ever considering the fact that its beginnings, Cassisum has made a range of solutions. Thoughts you, they’ve all been in liquid type! Although Crème de Cassis is the reigning speciality, cordials and other liqueurs are also on the menu. Some of the a lot more intriguing information we discovered about throughout the tour incorporated that there are a staggering 50+ varieties of blackcurrant!
In addition, Cassis connected solutions are made in the factory all through the year thanks to the berries getting cooled to -35 degrees Celsius virtually as quickly as they’ve been picked. Then, no aspect of the fruit is wasted, with numerous byproducts going on to be utilised as fertiliser, animal feed, and even in beauty solutions.
In 2001, a museum was established by the organization Védrenne for the goal of educating the public all about this tiny berry, among other factors. Right now, the museum and interactive tour explores many elements of Cassis, such as botanical, medicinal, and gastronomic elements of the fruit.
How to Stop by Le Cassissium of Nuits-Saint-Georges
Nuits Saint Georges is a fairly town populated by cobbled lanes, a number of churches, and surrounded by vineyards. Finest-recognized as getting a big quit-off on the Route des Grands Crus, this French settlement is an straightforward day trip from the nearby wine city of Beaune or the mustard city of Dijon and lies someplace on the train line, about midway in between the two.
Le Cassissium itself is just a 5-minute stroll from the train station, in the opposite way to the centre of town, which means that the factory is a fantastic couple of kilometres away from the endless vineyards that are so synonymous with the Burgundy area. Nonetheless, the factory/ museum/ tasting web page is straightforward to attain on foot and the web page is open to guests from Tuesday by means of to Saturday.
Tours of Le Cassissium are appropriate for all ages and on the tour I went on, lots of young households came along with their young children (who had been a lot more than content to sample all of the non-alcoholic syrups at the finish!) A complete price tag ticket is about €10, even though concession prices are significantly less.
I personally identified this price tag to be really fair as a ticket incorporated a museum take a look at, guided tour of the factory, film screening, and numerous (not to mention, generous) tastings at the finish of the tour. Though the film is a set length of about twenty minutes, the factory tour took about half an hour.
Meanwhile, the museum section is self-guided, and you are totally free to leave the tastings prior to absolutely everyone finishing their drinks (the tastings are extremely laid back). In total, you will need to have to set aside at least two hours of your time to take a look at the museum, even though I spent closer to 3!
Truth be told, with the exception of the guided tour of the factory by our knowledgeable guide, the tastings had been the very best aspect of Le Cassissium! As effectively as conventional drinks such as Crème de Cassis and the ever-so-smooth Super Cassis, other modern day variants of the drink incorporated rose, orange, and even mint flavoured Creme de Cassis.
In the course of our mini class, we quickly grew to discover that to inform if a Crème de Cassis is fantastic or not, you have to swirl the glass and see if the liquid sticks to the sides. The a lot more the quantity of pectin from the blackcurrant in the final alcoholic beverage, the superior. SuperCassis (an additional particular Crème de Cassis) really has double the quantity of blackcurrants than the frequent drink.
As you can almost certainly visualize, there’s a shop promoting all the various sorts of liqueurs and cordials at the finish of the take a look at. Although the costs seemed a small a lot more than I’ve noticed them elsewhere, had it not been for my currently stuffed luggage, I would have completely been tempted to acquire a bottle of the Super Cassis (it was just that scrumptious!)…
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