Pineau des Charentes, Pasquet
The Pasquet family’s small 7.5 hectare vineyard is nestled in the tiny township of Éraville, in the prestigious Grande Champagne, and the property has been producing Cognac since 1730. The family operation was passed on to Jean-Luc by his uncle Albert, who left Jean-Luc with eaux-de-vie dating back to the late 1800s. Their broad lineup ranges from terrific ‘starter’ Cognacs to the rarest of the rare ultra-old blends, not to mention utterly delicious apéritifs such as a classic and a raspberry-macerated iteration of Pineau des Charentes.
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The story goes: a winemaker put some grape juice into a barrel, with the intention of making wine. What he didn’t know was that the barrel was already housing some brandy. Thus, the grape juice never fermented, instead oxidizing and marrying with the aging brandy. Pasquet’s Pineau de Charentes is high in acid, appropriately sweet, and wonderfully oxidative in nature. Enjoy on the rocks, with a twist, or with a splash of something sparkling. 18% ABV