In a nutshell: A wonderfully nutty and richly flavoured hazelnut liqueur from Maison Briottet of Dijon.
The lowdown: All the Briottet range of fruit crèmes are made with real fruit - or nuts in this case - rather than confected sugar syrup. This means that when macerated with the neutral alcohol and sugar the full flavours and aromas of the nuts are allowed to shine through. This certainly has a wonderfully rich nutty flavour and is good for drinking by itself or mixed with sparkling wine. It also works well poured over ice cream.
They were originally established as a negociant in 1836, but by around 1900 production of fruit crèmes, liqueurs, brandies and marcs de Bourgogne had taken centre stage for them and so they moved away from the wine business to concentrate solely on these products. Currently heading up the business is Gérard Briottet, the fourth generation of the family, and he's focussed on maintaining the traditions of his great grandfather Edmond Briottet which shows in their excellent range of drinks.