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What exactly is Marc de Champagne?

The most iconic truffles that have been produced at Charbonnel et Walker for decades are the Pink Marc De Champagne Truffles. Aside from the delicate hint of strawberry and smooth milk chocolate, what exactly is the ingredient that provides our most popular champagne truffles with its distinctive flavor? As you may have guessed, it is the Marc de Champagne. Many of you have asked us ‘What is Marc de Champagne’ Let’s put it this way: It is more than just a champagne truffle.

To be clear, champagne is not the same thing as marc de champagne. Although both drinks originate from the same region, the historic province of Champagne in the northeast of France, there is one fundamental difference between the two: While champagne is a sparkling white wine named after the region, marc de champagne is a brandy. The grapes are the same, but the distillation process differs.

Champagne is most commonly made out of Chardonnay, Pinot noir and Pinot Meunier as primary grapes. Its main characteristics are bubbles and reputation of prestige. Marc de champagne, however, which is contained in our famous champagne truffles, is clear liquor distilled from the pomace from pressed grapes. In the case of marc de champagne, the pomace derives from champagne grapes. What does this process leave behind? One of the secret ingredients to a delicate scent and the unique flavor of our creamy Marc de Champagne truffles.