The elixir of Cognac and grape must (Ugni Blanc) is aged 4 years in old Cognac barrel. 17% alcohol. Will keep for months in the refrigerator after opening. Perfect for an aperitif (splash of soda garnished with citrus) or drink straight as a digestif.
From the importer: “A few years ago micro-negoçiant and importer Nicolas Palazzi of PM Spirits set out on a mission to find rare and old casks of Cognac and Pineau des Charentes. He named this project after his father, Paul-Marie. Each cask is tasted multiple times to ensure quality and purchased on the spot for provenance. In just a few short years, Nicolas has created a following for a product that was (and to a degree remains) unknown. Scarcity is what keeps the Paul-Marie releases from being more well-known. At most two casks are released of a particular Vin de Liqueur. Selling the Pineaus is not the difficult part, it is sourcing them. The proverbial quality bar has been set very, very high and keeping that consistent quality at the forefront is his mission. The origin of Pineau des Charentes is a happy accident when a Cognac producer inadvertently dumped a load of grape must in a vat that still had some Cognac left in it. About a year later he realized what had happened but decided that the concoction was delicious. Today’s Pineau des Charentes is essentially made the same way i.e. adding freshly pressed, unfermented grape must to the previous year’s eau de vie and then aging it for a minimum of eighteen months, with at least twelve months spent in oak barrels.”