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Dec 3, 2008 08:36 PM

Sounds like: Mark? Marque? Marck? What is this?

MFK Fisher wrote a story that included a pate that had [Mark] in it, (she initially thought it might be cognac). What is this stuff and is it worth a tasting?

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  1. It is French Grapa. They distille the stuff left after the wine crush. I bought a bottle of CDP Mark in France, not cheap, cost me $60-70. I have never seen it for sale anywhere in the US.

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    1. re: duck833

      I was having dinner and drinks with friends in Washington DC They had just returned from France and brought a bottle of "Marc" back with them I tried it and loved it! But can't afford it. so now it's on my x-mas list

      1. re: lablvr

        What kind of marc? Who was the producer?

    2. "Marc" -- generally pronounced WITHOUT the final "c" -- is similar to, but NOT the same as, Italian grappa. Both are distillates produced from the pomace of the fermenting must (i.e.: the solids, primarily grape skins, after the wines has been drawn of and the must has been pressed).

      While there are some notable exceptions, most grappa is bottled with little or no aging. Many grappas today are also bottled by their grape variety (e.g.: Picolit, Nebbiolo, Muscat, etc.), though some is still bottled by its original DOC/DOCG (e.g.: Brunello di Montalcino, Barolo, Barbaresco, etc.).

      Most French marc are aged, and very few (I canot think of any, off the top of my head) are bottled by variety. Perrier-Jouët produces a Marc de Champagne, for example. The Domaine de la Romané-Conti and the Comte de Vogüé both offer a Marc de Bourgogne, and so on.

      You ask: "Is it worth tasting?" Personally, I think ANYTHING is worth tasting!

      "Is it worth buying," is another question. My advice would be DON'T. Good French Marc is VERY expensive. Better to buy a glass in a restaurant after dinner than to buy an entire bottle of very pricey stuff, only to find out you don't like it . . . .


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      1. re: zin1953

        Thank you both! I should definitely said "buying" vs. "tasting." I'll look for it on menus.

        So it's pronounced "mar", right?