Grape(s): Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Localization: Cognac, France
Tasting Notes: Beautiful ruby color, limpid, very bright. Complex nose that combines aromas of red fruits and candied fruits. On the palate, this Pineau with the aromas of sour cherries is elegant. A subtle blend of fresh grape juice and Cognac is produced during the harvest.
Food pairing: Serve chilled with sharp, creamy, and stinky cheeses, dried fruits, and savory or sweet pastries. Would also pair well with rich chocolate cake or dessert crepes. Or be decadent and substitute it in a cocktail that calls for sweet vermouth.
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.