Though Cognac is far more recognizable than Pineau des Charentes, Pineau has a long history and tradition among the region’s locals. Legend has it that in the late 1500s, a producer accidentally put unfermented grape must into a barrel that, unbeknownst to him, already contained Cognac eau-de-vie. Upon opening the barrel several years later, the accidental concoction was tasted, approved, and dubbed Pineau des Charentes.
Made from Ugni Blanc Grapes
From the Distillery:
"Pineau des Charentes is obtained by mixing in oak casks about three-quarters by volume of fresh grape juice with one quarter settled cognac. The musts are mixed with Cognac aged for one year. The taste is predominantly sweet, but is balanced by both acidity and the increased level of alcohol. Golden caramel in color, with ripened summery fruit flavors.