Grape(s): Ugni blanc (50%), Colombard, Sauvignon, Arriloba.
Localization: Cognac, France
Tasting Notes: A light-colored wine, which blends citrus fruits, honey, hawthorn, and a few buttery notes. If the freshness (lemon) commands the attack, it is the fatness and sweetness (honeyed notes, Stewed white fruits) which prevail in the mouth... Hachette Guide 2010 comment.
Food pairing: Rather dry, light, and fruity, it complements all seafood (very pleasant with oysters) and also goes well with your starters
The Domain: Since 1972 the Brard-Blanchard family has practiced polyculture, viticulture, and dairy farming on the southern slopes of the Charente. They farm organically and harvest every product manually. Their Pineau des Charentes Rouge is a blend of unfermented Merlot (must) and Cognac aged in barrel for 3 years. Pineau is an aperitif wine or “mistelle” that is not very well known in the US, but in the Charente region of Western France, it plays a rather important role and is made in both white and red varieties.