An old mistake became a modern-day apéritif when in 1589 a French winemaker filled one of his Cognac barrels, which contained a little brandy, with fresh grape juice. Years later he discovered the mix of brandy and wine, and it became known as Pineau des Charentes PDO (EU protected designation of origin). It can be white, red or rosé and has won numerous awards at the prestigious French agricultural show Concours General Agricole Paris, which judges more than 15,000 wines annual
Made from Grand Champagne Cognac aged 6yrs. vs. 1 minimum and added to (must) juice from Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in 1996 (making it 16yrs old) into only one cask! A nice sweetness and lower acidity can be found in this blend. Subtle notes of funkiness, earthy notes and fruit character not unlike tawny port.
PDO Graves was established in 1937. It is situated in a relatively large area between Saint-Pardon-de-Conques and Eysines. The appellation produces both red and white wines. The whites are also available in the Supérieur – superior variation. The reds should be a combination of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Côt, Merlot and Petit Verdot grapes. The whites must contain any combination of Muscadelle, Sauvignon, Sauvignon Gris and Sémillon grapes.