In case you haven’t had Pineau des Charentes before, it is traditionally served lightly chilled, as an aperitif, in casual settings in the Cognac region of France.
This delightful Pineau is aged for a full 5 years in barrel, which has made it softer and richer on the palate. It is lush with dried fruit flavors, especially apricots and pears, with an undertone of leather and spiced woodiness. 17% alcohol.
WHAT: ugni blanc
WHERE: Claix, Charente, France
HOW MUCH: $29 (media sample)