In the “appellation contrôlée” region of cognac most of the vineyards are devoted to the cultivation of the Ugni Blanc and Colombard stock.
But there is at the present time a diversifying movement towards producing white, red or rosé “vin de pays”. This third string to the bow gives to the Charentais winegrower a true competence.
They have all the bouquet of the noblest grapes : Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet-Franc and sometimes Gamay. They are a wonderful accompaniment to meals with friends. They should be drunk young but will reveal all their sophistication after six to twelve months in the bottle.
The ideal serving temperature is 16°C.
They are popular with gourmets who enjoy cool, fruity wines that are pleasant and elegant to drink.
They are produced from traditional grape varieties such as Ugni-blanc, Colombard and, more rarely, Sauvignon, Chenin and Chardonnay. These white wines should be drunk young. They can be chilled and served as an aperitif and they are the ideal drink with fish, seafood, white meats and goats’ cheese.
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