Pineau des Charentes is regional French aperitif, made in the départements of Charente and Charente-Maritime in western France. While popular in Charente, it is less well-known in other regions of France and somewhat uncommon abroad. It is a fortified wine made from a blend of lightly-fermented grape must and Cognac eau-de-vie. Grape varieties include Semillon, Colombard and Ugni blanc. Oak aged for 3 years. Serve chilled. Alcohol 17%.