Pineau

Little of these rich second products of the French brandy industry is known outside France. In essence they are a mixture of the newly distilled eau de vie and grape juice, mixed together in a ratio of between 1:4 and 1:3. In the case of Pineau des Charentes, made by many cognac producers, it is then aged in oak casks making it become richer and much more desirable. This is not the case in Armagnac, where the Floc is not aged.

These secondary drinks of their respective industries are often compared with port or sherry, since their qualities are not dissimilar. But they are not to be confused, since the grape juice is added to the eau de vie, whereas with fortified drinks, the brandy is added to the wine. In most cases these rich drinks are consumed as an aperitif and served cold. However some people use them as a dessert wine - tantalisingly attractive when served with a rich cheese or sweet pudding.

Since the reign of Henry IV, monarchs of France have used lemons to clear their mouths between tasting different brandies and this tradition has been carried on for more than four centuries. Today, many cognac cocktails have been made incorporating lemons. Brandyclassics has formulated a long cocktail incorporating Pineau des Charentes, lemons and cognac. It is widely used as an introduction drink at parties and more formal celebrations and is a delight on a hot sunny day.

To make Pineau Royale:
Take half a bottle of Pineau and half a bottle of sparkling mineral water, mix in a jug with the juice of 3 lemons and about 50cl of Hermitage 2000 Grande Champagne cognac, add lots of ice and stir. Serve with slices of lemon in a highball glass.

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  1. Bertrand Pineau des Charentes - Rosé Minimum 5 Year Old

    Bertrand Pineau des Charentes - Rosé Minimum 5 Year Old

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    Pineau des Charentes is a combination of the water clear eau de vie distilled at around 70% abv and the indigenous grape juice of the region mixed at a ratio of 25% eau de vie and 75% grape juice. The Charente sits in some of the greatest grape producing areas to the north of Bordeaux.

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  2. Chateau Montifaud Pineau des Charentes White 4 Year Old

    Chateau Montifaud Pineau des Charentes White 4 Year Old

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    This excellent white Pineau from Chateau Montifaud has an intensely fresh, fruity flavour. Serve cold or as an ingredient in our favourite Pineau Royale.

    "... this peachy example is fab served chilled." Olly Smith, Wine Expert & TV Presenter

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  3. Chateau Montifaud Pineau des Charentes Rosé 4 Year Old

    Chateau Montifaud Pineau des Charentes Rosé 4 Year Old

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    Wonderful fresh and light Rosé Pineau from Chateau Montifaud with morello cherry flavours. Serve cold.

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  4. Chateau de Beaulon Pineau des Charentes - White 5 yo

    Chateau de Beaulon Pineau des Charentes - White 5 yo

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    Excellent for making Pineau Royale, summer cocktail cooler. See the brandyclassics recipe for this refreshing summer drink so admired by ladies.

     

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  5. Pineau des Charentes - Red 5 yo

    Pineau des Charentes - Red 5 yo

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    Made from 25% newly distilled cognac and 75% local grape juice and aged in oak barrels. Won many awards, this is the best red 5 y.o pineau we have tasted. Learn More
  6. Chateau Montifaud Pineau des Charentes White 10 Year Old

    Chateau Montifaud Pineau des Charentes White 10 Year Old

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    Aged for 10 years, this white Pineau has a really intense flavour of rich madeira. Serve cold.

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  7. Chateau Montifaud Pineau des Charentes Rosé 10 Year Old

    Chateau Montifaud Pineau des Charentes Rosé 10 Year Old

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    Intense fruity flavour that should be served cold. Unusually, lighter in colour than the younger 4 year old.

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  8. Chateau de Beaulon Pineau des Charentes White 2000

    Chateau de Beaulon Pineau des Charentes White 2000

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    Another vintage Pineau des Charentes by Chateau de Beaulon. We understand that it was aged in casks previously used for aging the famous white Sauterne, Chateau d'Yquem and the result is a wonderfully delicious, rich Pineau; a masterpiece of great authority of this rare drink.

    Gold Medal: Vinalies Internationales 2015

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