Briottet Liqueur de Coquelicot de Nemours is a poppy liqueur made from the bright red wild poppy flowers papaver genus. Maison Briottet is a family business, founded in 1836. Originally, the family were primarily negociants of Burgundy wine, involved with ageing, blending, bottling and selling the wines. Following the development of the blanc cassis aperitif (white wine with Crème de Cassis), the company progressively focused its activities on producing fruit crèmes, liquors, brandies and marcs de Bourgogne. The current managing director, Gérard Briottet, represents the fourth generation, and maintains the tradition started by his great grandfather, Edmond Briottet. Maison Briottet maintains a very high level of quality. It is the selection of the ripest fruit from the most suitable cultivars that provides for the finest flavours; therefore contracting the right growers to produce the correct fruit is the first step on the ladder. Subsequently, properly observed maceration with very pure neutral alcohol, and blending with the correct proportion of sugars to achieve the balance between fruit flavour, sweetness, acidity and alcohol create these excellent crèmes and liqueurs. In 1872 the master confectioner Desserey of Nemours (northern France) created a speciality of the region called “poppy drops”, a flat rectangular red hard candy or pastille, using a poppy flavoured liqueur. In 1996 chocolatier Des Lis rediscovered this speciality and it can be found at their website. Wild poppies are harvested in June and July mainly from fields that have been left fallow. It is rumoured to have medicinal qualities particularly against coughs.