Pineau des Charentes Blanc (Brisson, Gilles)
Gilles Brisson, Pineau des Charentes Blanc, Cognac France, NV40% Folle Blanche, 40% Colombard, 20% Sémillon CLASSIC APERITIF! LIGHTLY SWEET, CRYSTALIZED FRUITS, WALNUT & FLORAL A regional French aperitif, made in the départements of Charente and Charente-Maritime in western France. Whilst popular in Charente, it is less well-known in other regions of France and somewhat uncommon abroad. It is a fortified wine, made from a blend of partially-fermented wine and Cognac eau-de-vie. According to legend, during the harvest of 1589, a winemaker accidentally added grape must into a barrel that he believed was empty but in fact contained eau de vie. The mixture was duly returned to the cellars for fermentation. A few years later, the barrel was retrieved and was found to contain the drink that is now associated with the region of Charente. This blend is aged for 5 years, including 18 months in oak barrels.