|Goes well with||Aperitif (on its own), Cheeses, Chocolate, Game|
|Grape type||Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Drinking style||Aromatic, balanced|
The most common form of pineau des Charentes is white and is made from white grapes such as Ugni Blanc and Folle Blanche. White pineau is aged in oak barrels for a minimum of 18 months. However the red or rosé form is also very popular within the region itself. This is made with red grapes, typically Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Red pineau is aged for a minimum of 14 months. One rule that applies to both red and white varieties is that the unfermented grape justice or ‘must’ and the cognac it is mixed with have to come from the same producer.