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Merlet

Merlet
Chevessac Pineau des Charentes Extra Vieux

Category: Pineau des Charentes

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 17%
83 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$35.99

Merlet
Chevessac Pineau des Charentes Extra Vieux

Category: Pineau des Charentes

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 17%
Dark amber color. Sweet aromas and flavors of rich clover honeycomb, pomegranate molasses, dried figs and dates, dried grasses, miso, and sultanas with a satiny, vibrant, sweet light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of dried apricot, fresh oak, pastry creme, and raisin cake finish. A savory Pineau with lovely cloud-like weight.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Candied & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: rich clover honeycomb, pomegranate molasses, dried figs and dates, dried grasses, miso, and sultanas
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of dried apricot, fresh oak, pastry creme, and raisin cake
Smoothness Smoothness: Smooth
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails and neat
Cocktail Cocktails: Amaretto Sour, Pimm's Cup
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A savory Pineau with lovely cloud-like weight.

The Producer

Distillerie Merlet & Fils

The Producer
40, Rue de Chevessac
St. Sauvant, 17610
France
33 -546 91 50 36

Pineau des Charentes

Pineau des Charentes is a French aperitif made in the Cognac (Charente) region of France. It is a vin de liqueur made from fresh or lightly fermented grape juice to which Cognac that has been aged at least one year is added. It is consumed regionally as a pre-dinner drink and abroad it is often used as a cocktail modifier or in cooking or baking.

It has both white and rosé expressions usually made from Ugni blanc, Folle Blanche and Colombard for the whites and Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot for the rosés. Unlike Cognac, they should be stored like wines and enjoyed shortly after opening. Vintage or age statement bottlings are defined by the vintage or age of the Cognacs used not the grape juice or wines.