A cracking little aperitif style bottling from artisanal producer Jean-Luc Pasquet.
Pineau des Charentes is often seen as alike a fortified wine, a little like Mistelle (unfermented or lightly fermented grape juice to which alcohol is added). Pineau des Charentes sees the addition of Cognac eau-de-vie to grape must, giving it a liqueur like quality.
This bottling is produced using organically grown Montils and Ugni Blanc grapes, from the Pasquet estate. After the eau-de-vie has been added, the juice and spirit is aged for a year (at least) in oak casks, to integrate the flavours.
The result is a hay coloured liqueur, with notes of honey, almond, nutmeg, toasty biscuit, apricot, cinnamon, cloves, a little fresh orange, fresh grape, white peach and pear juice. Surprisingly dry on the finish.
Delicious served chilled, over ice or as part of a cocktail, this is a versatile bottling that bartenders will be keen to try.