History of Pineau des Charentes and Cognac P&C

History of Cognac

Winegrowing appeared in the Charentes region by the end of the first century after JC. In the Middle-Age, wines of the Charentes region were appreciated in the Northern European countries (England, Flanders, Holland and Norway) and international trade was encouraged by the navigation on the river Charente.

However, because of a high degree of alcohol, the quality of the wines was altered by the length of sea journeys, which led the Dutch to distill the wines in order to better preserve them: they invented the “brandwijn” and drank it with water.

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Tasting and culinary associations of Pineau des Charentes and Cognac P&C

Tasting & cocktails

Cognac can be tasted in two ways :
– traditionally digestive, pure and at room temperature for old Cognac (Napoleon, XO …),
– but also as an aperitif, lying down, on ice or in cocktail for the youngest (***, VS, VSOP).

The richness of the aromas is extended with floral, fruity, woody or spicy notes.


Gastronomy is also developing around Cognac, particularly with particularly tasty Cognac-Meal accords :
– fish, seafood, dried hams, white and red meats,
– but also dessert with chocolate or some cheeses.