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The charentais vineyards: wines to be discovered for the pleasure

The charentais vineyards is known worldwide for its brandy, cognac. Another local jewel, the pineau of Charentes, a liqueur wine protected by an AOC since 1945. Alongside these two values is now looming wine production which is becoming increasingly important. Charentais wines, which have a PGI, are the result of a long-term job led by passionate winemakers. And they gain little by leu their letters of nobility, making these wines of privileged partners of all the moments of sharing, with family or friends.

General presentation of the vineyards of Charente

The charentais vineyards covers two departments of new-Aquitaine: the Charente and Charente-Maritime. It extends north of the famous vineyards of Bordeaux, around cities like Cognac and La Rochelle.

Located north of the famous vineyards of Bordeaux, the vineyards of the Charentes sometimes attached. He is also attached at times to the imposing vineyards of the South-West. At times, it is inseparable from the vineyard of Poitou-Charentes.

In all cases, the charentais vineyards is known worldwide for its cognac, whose the region ' ' matches two Charentes. The white ugni grape dominates this AOC brandy production. To produce white, but also red and rosé wines, winemakers have, in the 1980s, found old varieties and invited other grape of Bordeaux, Burgundy and beaujolais, among others. Thirty years later, their work was recognized by the awarding of a PGI (protected geographical Indication), which replaces in 2009 the appellation "wine country."

The IGP

Charentais wines

These wines are produced on both the Charentes departments. The IGP wines Charente can be enriched with one of the following geographical names:

  • Ré Island (Charente-Maritime)
  • Island of Oléron (Charente-Maritime)
  • Saint-Sornin (Charente)

Charentais wines appeared in the 1980s, period where cognac is in crisis at the international and national levels. To diversify, winemakers operate then new varieties of grapes and apply to produce wines of"mouth" which, in a few decades, have earned their letters of nobility.

Not less than 26 varieties are allowed for IGP charentais wines, which allows a great diversity of wines. On the side of the reds, merlot, cabernet and cabernet sauvignon side by side gamay, pinot noir and tannat, among others. Whites are dominated by chardonnay, chenin white, colombard and semillon and sauvignon grapes.

Charentais wines are considered generally wines '' fun '' eaten at any time, always in the spirit of conviviality that characterizes the region.

Atlantic

The Atlantic country wines, now appointed IGP Atlantic, are partly produced on the Charentes departments. Other departments of the Atlantic are concerned: the Dordogne, Gironde and, to a lesser extent, the Lot-et-Garonne. Many grapes are used to produce wines in three colors. They are also available for the first time.

The AOC

Charente and Charente-Maritime count two famous AOC, that could not forget.

Cognac

This brandy is produced in a clear area around the town of Cognac. It covers a large part of the Charente and Charente-Maritime almost. Six different crus are focused around Cognac: Grande Champagne, small Champagne, Borderies, for wood, good wood and common Woods. This vast vineyard of 75 000 hectares mainly operates the white ugni, grape marginally joined by crazy blanche and colombard grapes.

The cognac brandies age at least two and a half years in oak before be assembled.

Pineau of Charentes

This liqueur wine, or mistelle, is produced on two Charentes, on an area similar to that of the cognac appellation. Pineau of Charentes is a bold mix of juice of grapes and cognac brandy. It is a wine of fortification; This process is to stop the fermentation of grape must in order to preserve all the aromas of the fruit.

Pineau of Charentes is white or pink. When her dress is dark, it can be said to be 'red '. It is most often eaten as an appetizer, especially when young.