"While described as an aperitif, this fortified wine is also excellent after a meal. Pineau de Charentes is a cognac mixed with grape must (juice that includes skins, seeds and stems). The Rouge is made with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, lightly fermented and mixed with cognac no younger than one year and aged a minimum of 14 months in oak. Because the pineau is served chilled, the nose is subtle, but on the palate, the flavors are rich with dark fruit, a hint of anise and a light nuttiness. While the alcohol content is higher than wine, it doesn't taste “hot” or burn on the palate. Delightful and unique, this is lighter alternative to a Port and a sweet alternative to most Sherrys."
-Nancy Koeneman, Wine Consultant, Binny's-Champaign