Eye: Pretty vermilion red. Nose: Well balanced bouquet of fruits such as plums, cherries and prunes with hints of wood due to the aging process in oak barrels. On the palate: Supple and fleshy on the palate, fruit notes and spicy tones. The finish is slightly maderized, but retains the right amount of freshness to provide balance.
This Pineau des Charentes is obtained by mixing the must, obtained by pressing red grapes, with cognac at 60-72 ABV. The Cognac must be distilled the previous year. Pineau des Charentes is necessarily obtained after an assembly in French oak barrels for about 75% of grape juice and 25% of Cognac. After aging, the analysis should reveal an alcohol content of between 16 ° and 22 °, and a sugar content of 125g of grapes per liter minimum.
The designation requires that the grape must and the Cognac come from the same vineyard, the same terroir and the know-how of the men passed from generation to generation since 1589. Only after one year of aging the beverage is able to get the appellation Pineau des Charentes, but it still must be approved by a tasting committee appointed by the producers. Everything is done to guarantee consumers a high quality product.
Once bottled, the Pineau des Charentes will not evolve further; prolonged cellar conservation thus won’t provide any maturing but also won’t hurt him (provided you keep the bottles upright and away from light sources imperatively). After opening, the Pineau is preserved safely in the refrigerator, upright. It will be preferable to leave it at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.
Traditionally served as an aperitif, red Pineau des Charentes is also the perfect companion to blue cheese, red fruits salad, or chocolate dessert.