Pineau is a fortified wine, made from grape juice. Its production zone, an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée, is limited to the Charente-Maritime and Charente. Once the grapes have been pressed, one-year-old Cognac brandy of at least 60% ABV is added to the must, which stops fermentation. The pineau is then aged in oak casks.
The origins of Pineau go back to the end of the 16th Century when, according to legend, a vintner accidentally tipped his grape must into a barrel of Cognac, that he then abandoned.
A few years later, this barrel was needed again because of an abundant grape harvest, and inside he discovered a tasty beverage, limpid and sunny like the land of Charentes. Ever since then vintners have respected this tradition, which has become over time a veritable savoir-faire and a guarantee of quality and enjoyment.
There are two types of Pineau: a white, aged for a minimum of 1 year, with flavours of honey, fruit and spices, and a rosé, made from different types of grape and aged for a minimum of 8 months, developing more fruity flavours. Both however, are also made as Vieux and Très Vieux (more than 5 and 10 years of aging), their delicious aromas revealing all the generosity of an exceptional terroir.
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