Pineau des Charentes is exclusively produced in the Charentes region, situated in southwestern France. This area is renowned for its vineyards and Cognac production, which plays a significant role in shaping the character of this particular Pineau des Charentes.
The production of Jules Gautier Pineau des Charentes involves the careful selection of premium grape must, obtained from grapes such as Ugni Blanc, Colombard, and Folle Blanche. The grape must is freshly pressed, and the juice is then allowed to ferment naturally, preserving the natural sugars. It is crucial to control the fermentation process to retain the ideal balance between sweetness and alcohol content.
Once fermentation reaches the desired stage, a specific quantity of Cognac is added to halt the process, ensuring that a portion of the grape sugars remains unfermented. This step also adds depth and richness to the final product. The Cognac used is typically aged and selected to complement the grape must, elevating the complexity and character of the Pineau des Charentes.
The history of Pineau des Charentes can be traced back to the 16th century when grape must and Cognac were first accidentally blended. Over time, the blending process was refined, leading to the development of Pineau des Charentes as we know it today. Since the 1940s, the name “Pineau des Charentes” has been protected, and specific regulations ensure the authenticity and quality of the product.
This is a white Pineau - made using white grapes ugni blanc, folle blanche and colombard.
Bottle size: 70cl