The history of Pineau des Charentes. French liqueur wine

The history of Pineau des Charentes. French liqueur wine

Only 25% of this beverage falls outside of France, and those for the most part, are sent to the neighboring Belgium. The reason is simple: Pineau des Charentes production rules are very strict. For example, alcohol and cognac grapes are used to produce this beverage to be produced in the same household. In addition, all brands produce small farms, who can not afford to conduct major advertising campaigns for promotion in foreign markets. But this does not detract from the wonderful taste Pineau des Charentes.

The history of Pineau des Charentes

Legend has it that this drink appeared at the end of the XVI century by accident. One stray winemaker living in Charente, in the barrel of grape must accidentally poured cognac alcohol. Not knowing what to do with the resulting mixture, it just sealed the barrel and put it far away. The next time the barrel caught his eye a few years. He tried to get a drink and was delighted with his taste. By the way it is still about 80% of this wonderful wine is produced in the area of Charente-Maritime.

Now it is impossible to know what was actually, but still drink it produce such technology. Take 75% grape juice (that is practically pure grape juice) is added to it 25% ethyl alcohol and the mixture was kept for at least 14 months (white pine) and not less than 18 months (Red Pine). In both cases, at least 8 months in oak casks. Then, after a long period of blending, the beverage is bottled and sent on for sale. At this point, its strength is from 16 to 22%, but mostly 17%. The best varieties of Pineau des Charentes is aged in oak casks for decades.

It is served to many dishes, including meat and seafood, but it is believed that the best Pineau des Charentes is combined with desserts. It is served chilled to 8-12 degrees, the glass in the shape of a tulip. But it can be served with ice and Pinot. In addition it is often used as an aperitif and for cocktails.

As mentioned above, this wine (or rather mistelle) is white and red (pink). Light beverages made from grape varieties Folle Blanche, Ugni Blanc and Colombard. Slightly less commonly used Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Montilla. Ready drink has a beautiful golden color. Red and Pink Pinot, despite the name, it turns different shades of brown, just make it red or pink grapes Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

The history of Pineau des Charentes

You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

Leave a Reply