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Pineau Des Charentes
Pineau des Charentes comes from the same area as Cognac – the mild, oceanic Charente and Charente-Maritime regions north of Bordeaux. But rather than being distilled into brandy or fermented into wine, the grapes for Pineau des Charentes are pressed into grape juice, or must, and fortified with one-year-old Cognac eau-de-vie (the term for brandy that has not yet aged for the requisite number of years to be legally deemed “Cognac”). Thus, though it’s easiest to liken Pineau des Charentes to a fortified wine, it’s technically just fortified, unfermented grape must. The technical name for this style of beverage is vin de liqueur, which is around the same alcoholic strength as Sherry or Port – between 16 and 22% ABV, with most Pineau des Charentes being about 17% ABV – but with a more purely grapey character.
Turns out, Pineau des Charentes is a bit of a beverage chameleon, fitting in to all of these drinking molds – which is exactly why it should be a staple of the home bar…
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