Pineau des Charentes
The legend that has come down to us for 4 centuries is that Pineau des Charentes was discovered by chance by a Charente wine grower who inadvertently poured grape must (juice from just squeezed grapes) into a barrel containing brandy. of Cognac. It was only several years later that he discovered this limpid and sunny wine. The Pineau des Charentes was born.
Until then, it remained a liqueur wine for local family consumption, and was marketed for the first time in 1921 by a Charente wine grower whose property was located not far from Saintes, the 2nd capital of Cognac.
Food pairing / Pineau des Charentes: as an aperitif with seafood canapés, smoked trout or smoked Scottish salmon, as a starter with half a Charentais melon, or foie gras, or as an ingredient in many recipes, see cheeses marbled.