A.E. Dor Pineau des Charentes - $31.00

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A surprising dessert from the Cognac region of France. This is made from mixing a little Cognac with unfermented grape juice and then is aged at least a year in barrels. This is one of our more interesting finds, see if you feel the same.

Although nobody knows exactly how Pineau des Charentes came into being, legend has it that this was due to a fortuitous accident.

In 1589 – the year of Henri IV’s coronation – a winegrower is said to have mistakenly poured grape must into a barrel of Cognac.

Charente in FranceA few years later, when he needed to use the barrel for a particularly large crop, he discovered a pure, marvellous new drink.

Pineau des Charentes was born.

For over four centuries, the winegrowers who make Pineau des Charentes have maintained high standards for this unique product.

For a long time, Pineau des Charentes was something of a secret, with bottles hidden away to drink only at weddings and other important family occasions.

Grape varieties: Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche, Colombard, Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Montils, Meslier Saint-François, Jurançon Blanc, Merlot Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc
Ageing: Minimum 18 months (12 months in barrel)
Alcoholic degree: 16-22% by volume
Appearance: Ranging from pale yellow to a dark golden colour, with thick legs
Bouquet: Rich, elegant, and very complex, with overtones of lime-blossoms, vine flowers, peaches, plums and figs, accompanied by hints of almonds, prunes, quince jelly, vanilla, and honey
Palate:  Fresh and delicious, white Pineau is full-bodied and generous, with a lovely concentrated flavour. This is a refined, delicate wine.

Ageing: Vieux Pineau des Charentes blanc is oak aged for at least 5 years, while the Très Vieux ages for a minimum of 10 years.

Colour: Dark golden colour with amber and brown highlights

Bouquet: Honey, vanilla, prune, cinnamon aromas with nutty overtones

Palate: Long oak ageing gives this Pineau a powerful flavour and a unique characteristic referred to as rancio.

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