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Pineau des Charentes (AOC) £6-99 instore at Lidl from 13/5/10 £6.99

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If you've never tried this then please do ...... superb (chilled in the summer and room temp in winter). Very quaffable but be careful - its normally around 17%.
Never seen Pineau this cheap in the UK and although I can't see the brand Lidl have, Pineau is AOC, so strictly controlled.
It is a fortified wine (mistelle or vin de liqueur), made from a blend of lightly-fermented grape must and Cognac eau-de-vie.. The style is thought to have originated in 1589 by chance, when a vintner accidently filled a Cognac cask with grape juice.
Aromas of raisins and oak spice combine with soft, fruity flavours on the palate.
The dominant white variety of pineau is made using the grapes Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche and Colombard, with occasional Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Montils. The mixture is aged for at least 18 months, including a minimum of 8 months in oak barrels.

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    jonnybc
    Sounds like a rival to the old Glasgow favourite, Buckfast Tonic Wine.
    angus11
    Excuse my ignorance, but what does AOC mean? :?
    ron61
    ron613 years, 11 months ago #3Show comment tools Reply
    AOC. Short for Appellation d'Origine Contrõlée (sometimes Appellation Contrõlée abbreviated as AC). Translates literally to protected place, name, and is the official French category for higher-ranking wines.:)
    Pinky McBrain
    I've never heard of it before but it sounds interesting!
    Do you know which brand it is?

    None of the multiples are stocking any variety of Pineau des Charentes at the moment and I cant find many pricings for the standard stuff online so I dont know if it's a good deal or not...
    Azureus
    Pinky McBrain


    None of the multiples are stocking any variety of Pineau des Charentes at the moment and I cant find many pricings for the standard stuff online so I dont know if it's a good deal or not...


    Try google - lots of the wine chains sell this. :thumbsup:

    This is good deal.
    zurich
    i bought a bottle of this from lidl a while back and its not too bad compared to the stuff you get in french supermarkets. must be chilled (keep in the fridge) before drinking.

    its very nice to have with a melon ( gaia or cantaloupe) as a starter. just cut the melon in half, scoop out the seeds and pour the pineau in the hole.
    Copperface
    Vet few wine shop chains do sell pineau, and if they do they can be normally vastly more expensive than this.
    A few specialist online retailers may stock certain varieties.
    As to which vineyard produced this, I can't tell - however, that is why I mentioned that is is AOC and therefore genuine Pineau so it is not going to be bad. This won't be the 'vieux', but the basic white pineau which normally goes for £12-15 a bottle so this is nearly half that.
    Having gone through several bottles last year in the Charente- Maritime on holiday staying next to this vineyard:
    http://www.doussoux.com/pineaufr.html
    I have been looking locally and no-one stocks it. Supermarkets just look blank when you ask if they have it.

    For the person who mentioned Buckie in the same breath, hehe, no comparison.I used to get fed that for breakfast!!
    This is an aperitif made by vineyards who normally produce grapes for cognac production (Remy being an example) and it is cognac yard that produce pineau rather than winemakers..

    I would suggest that this, as an introduction to pineau would be ideal.

    Now, the next job is to track down someone in the UK who sells Berger Blanc Pastis.....no luck so far.
    siadwel
    zurich
    i bought a bottle of this from lidl a while back and its not too bad compared to the stuff you get in french supermarkets. must be chilled (keep in the fridge) before drinking.

    its very nice to have with a melon ( gaia or cantaloupe) as a starter. just cut the melon in half, scoop out the seeds and pour the pineau in the hole.


    What a load of drivel !

    DO NOT buy this, it's disgusting :whistling:

    Mental note to self, get down to Lidl early next week before it's all gone :p
    zurich
    siadwel
    What a load of drivel !

    DO NOT buy this, it's disgusting :whistling:

    Mental note to self, get down to Lidl early next week before it's all gone :p


    eh:? not sure what ya saying. seriously do try the melon thing, tis very nice in the summer.:)
    chris4bailey
    i have just discovered this on holiday in france and i totaly agree and i will gladly dispose of any FREE of charge

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