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Pineau des Charentes

grape juice fortified with Cognac

P&C : Pineau rouge et blanc

AOP Pineau des Charentes, to give its full name, is mostly made in the Charentes-Maritimes. According to legend, it was invented in 1589 when a wine grower carelessly threw some grape must into a barrel of Cognac, and years later discovered that he’d created a rather lovely vin de liqueur. It’s also used in cocktails, or drunk on ice as an aperitif.

There are two kinds: the more popular white Pineau is mainly made from Ugni blanc, Folle blanche and Colombard, while the red and rosé are made from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.

AOPs and some others


Nouvelle Aquitaine

Text © Dana Facaros

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