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Pineau

Little of Pineau, the rich, secondary products of the French brandy industry, is known outside France. In essence, it is a mixture of newly distilled eau de vie and grape juice in a ratio of between 1:4 and 1:3. In the case of Pineau des Charentes, which is made by many cognac producers, after mixing it is aged in oak casks making it richer and much more desirable. This is not the case in Armagnac, where the equivalent product, Floc, is not aged.  These secondary drinks of their respective industries are often compared with port or sherry.  Their qualities are not dissimilar but they must not be confused.  When making pineau 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 consume 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. Sticking with this tradition, 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 Minimum 5 Year Old Pineau des Charentes - Rosé

    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. Château Montifaud 4 Year Old Pineau des Charentes - White

    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: £14.90 Incl. VAT: £17.88

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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. Château Montifaud 4 Year Old Pineau des Charentes - Rosé

    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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    Excl. VAT: £14.90 Incl. VAT: £17.88

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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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