Rouge or Rosé Pineau des Charentes
Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Merlot
Ageing: 14 months, including at least 8 months in oak barrels
Alcoholic degree: 16-22 % by volume
Vieux & Très Vieux Rouge & Rosé
Ageing: 5 years minimum in oak barrels for Vieux and 10 years for Très Vieux Pineau des Charentes.
Whether enjoyed with a starter or dessert, Pineau des Charentes is best served cold (8-10°C), in a tulip-shaped glass, to appreciate the wine’s full range of flavours and aromas.
Young Pineau makes an ideal aperitif, whereas a Vieux or Très Vieux Pineau is a perfect way to round off your meal. Pineau is also great in cocktails, blended with fruit juice, tonic water and a few mint leaves.
Chocolate dishes are especially enhanced by a Vieux or Très Vieux rosé. Rosé or red Pineau is a treat with strawberries.
The blend Merlot, Cabernet, and Cognac provides a unique pale ruby-red colour. Barrel aging brings out heady, fruity flavours. There is a wonderful balance between sweetness and concentration. Best enjoyed at a temperature of 5-8° C.