Jean Goyard Vieux Marc de Champagne Club 1911 is the ideal ingredient for making homemade chocolate truffles. Of course, this being Goyard Marc de Champagne is it also a fine enough brandy for sipping! Technically it is a pomace brandy and is similar to Grappa from Italy, Chacha from Georgia and many other regional Marcs from other wine growing regions in France, such as Burgundy.
This excellent family owned distillery business was founded by Jean Goyard. Jean was a true Burgundian and a son of a peasant wine-grower who began his conquest of the Champagne region in 1911 with two distilling machines towed behind lorries. He would travel around distilling wherever there were producers with pomace to distill (pomace is the leftover stems, pips and spent grapes form the winemaking process). Eventually Jean settled in Ay in the heart of the wine growing area and started out as an artisan-distiller, offering his services to the wine growers and wine merchants. Jean Goyard distilled grape marc and wines. Over the decades, the business evolved from its artisan and travelling origins and today the company has premises in Ay and Mareuil sur Ay. The business has modernised, diversified and is now the number one specialist distillery in the Champagne wine growing area. When Jean Goyard died in 1946, his descendents, particularly his sons-in-law Louis Morot and Roger Keene, took the lead from his pioneering spirit and continued to develop the distillery according to Jean’s philosophy of quality, innovation and sense of service. Since 2007 the company has been owned by Financier Goyard and now collects pomace for distilling from over 400 collection points in the Champagne region.
Jean Goyard Vieux Marc de Champagne Club 1911 is an Eau de vie obtained by distilling fermented and stemmed grapes which come exclusively from the Champagne region. After distillation the spirit is aged in oak casks for a number (“vieilli en fut de chene”) and reduced to an alcoholic strength of 40% making this one of the finest examples of an old Marc de Champagne.
Goyard also make a superb Ratafia.