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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 2005 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

    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.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There’s a wonderful sweet aroma of rose hips
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Sweet and rich cherry and cassis
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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.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: There’s a wonderful sweet aroma of rose hips
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Sweet and rich cherry and cassis
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  2. Chateau Montifaud Pineau des Charentes White 4 Year Old

    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

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Mangosteen on the nose
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense fruity flavour of fresh peach and apple with a lean, soft finish. Fresh and light.
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    Excl. VAT: £14.14 Incl. VAT: £16.97

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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

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Mangosteen on the nose
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense fruity flavour of fresh peach and apple with a lean, soft finish. Fresh and light.
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  3. Chateau Montifaud Pineau des Charentes Rosé 4 Year Old

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

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light, fresh fruity aroma of raspberry and morello cherries
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fresh and light morello cherry flavour changing to strawberries mid-palate. The finish is very long.
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    Wonderful fresh and light Rosé Pineau from Chateau Montifaud with morello cherry flavours. Serve cold.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light, fresh fruity aroma of raspberry and morello cherries
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Fresh and light morello cherry flavour changing to strawberries mid-palate. The finish is very long.
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  4. Chateau de Beaulon Pineau des Charentes - Red 5 yo

    Made from 25% newly distilled cognac and 75% local grape juice and aged in oak barrels. Although officially there are only two classifications of Pineau – white and rose – Chateau de Beaulon still refer to this 5 year old as red. This is because it is made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes and is ruby red in colour rather than pink. Won many awards, this is the best red 5 y.o pineau we have tasted.

     

    Flavour:
    Flavour: Cold port flavour with a fruity sweetness.
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    Excl. VAT: £16.26 Incl. VAT: £19.51

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    Made from 25% newly distilled cognac and 75% local grape juice and aged in oak barrels. Although officially there are only two classifications of Pineau – white and rose – Chateau de Beaulon still refer to this 5 year old as red. This is because it is made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes and is ruby red in colour rather than pink. Won many awards, this is the best red 5 y.o pineau we have tasted.

     

    Flavour:
    Flavour: Cold port flavour with a fruity sweetness.
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  5. Chateau de Beaulon Pineau des Charentes - White 5 yo

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

     

    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich sultana sweetness to this cold aperitif.
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    Excl. VAT: £16.26 Incl. VAT: £19.51

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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.

     

    Flavour:
    Flavour: Rich sultana sweetness to this cold aperitif.
    Learn More
  6. Chateau Montifaud Pineau des Charentes White 10 Year Old

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

    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense fruity flavour like a rich madeira
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    Excl. VAT: £20.35 Incl. VAT: £24.42

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

    Flavour:
    Flavour: Intense fruity flavour like a rich madeira
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  7. Chateau Montifaud Pineau des Charentes Rosé 10 Year Old

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

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Pineapple and cherries on the nose
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The taste is round, soft and with a fruity flavour of cherries. A long, silky finish.
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    Intense fruity flavour that should be served cold. Unusually, lighter in colour than the younger 4 year old.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Pineapple and cherries on the nose
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The taste is round, soft and with a fruity flavour of cherries. A long, silky finish.
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  8. Chateau de Beaulon Pineau des Charentes White 2000

    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

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla, toffee notes, mild cinnamon, fresh almond and acacia honey
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Complex, round and intensely rich. Flavours of old madeira wine with peaches.
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    Excl. VAT: £37.24 Incl. VAT: £44.69

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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

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Vanilla, toffee notes, mild cinnamon, fresh almond and acacia honey
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Complex, round and intensely rich. Flavours of old madeira wine with peaches.
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