Pineau des Charentes is a regional French aperitif made predominantly in departments of Charente and Charente-Maritime in western France. It is a fortified wine made from either fresh, unfermented grape juice or a lightly fermented grape must, to which a Cognac eau-de-vie is added and then matured. According to the legend, in the late 16th Century a grower in Charentes, during the harvest, accidentally tipped grape must into a barrel containing cognac eau de vie. He subsequently stored the barrel away in the cellar and a few years later he checked its content and found an exceptional beverage.
The dominant grape varieties in Pierre Ferrand Pineau des Charentes are Ugni Blanc, Collombard and Folle Blanche. The mixture is aged for 18 months, with 12 of those spent in oak. The resulting flavor has notes of peaches, plums, figs, honey, roasted nuts and almonds. It is recommended to be served chilled as aperitif but because of its sweetness it pairs well with cheeses.
Maison Ferrand is a renowned Cognac producer with head office and production facility located amid the vineyards of Charente (Cognac region), in the 18th Century Château de Bonbonnet.
Pineau des Charentes