Some information relating to Pineau des Charentes "Pineau des Charentes is the fruit of the blending of must and eau-de-vie coming from the same vineyard. It is made right after the grape picking and aged in oak barrels for several months which will give it its gustative feature.
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The Pineau des Charentes

According to one legend, “Pineau des Charentes” is not only the fruit of the vine, but also of luck.
In the 15th century a grower, during the harvest, accidentally tipped grape must into a barrel containing cognac eau-de-vie. He subsequently stored the barrel away. A few years later, as a result of a bumper harvest, he found himself short of a barrel. Much to his surprise, he found that the precious barrel contained a marvellous brew, as limpid and full of sunshine as the Charente itself. “Pineau des Charentes” was born.

The vineyard
In Charente and in Charente-Maritime, the land and the ocean come together to provide the vines with an ideal climate; vineyards are planted over the limestone hills of the A.O.C. area where for four centuries the growers have continued to follow the same tradition and the same “savoir-faire” in the elaboration of a high quality product governed by the A.O.C. decree of 1945.

The Pineau des Charentes

There are different “Pineau des Charentes” :
Pineau blanc (white Pineau), elaborated with ugni blanc, colombard, folle blanche, sauvignon, semillon and montils vines which give it its floral aromas (acacia and lime tea)
Pineau rosé, which uses cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot and malbec, which reveal fruity aromas : blackcurrant, raspberry and cherry.
Blanc or rosé, a long ageing of 5 or 10 years in oak barrels enables Pineau to obtain the name “old” or “very old” Pineau des Charentes.