Every once in a while I am offered products that I rarely come across Stateside that there is no option but to buy and offer it to our customers. That is the case of the fortified wines I will discuss in this blog post.
Much how port wine is red Spanish wine with hard alcohol added, The Pitaud I am offering is French Red and White wine with brandy added. Legend has it that a wine maker mistakenly added grape juice to a barrel of eau de vie (low alcohol fruit brandy). The barrel was put aside for aging with other barrels and the drink has come to be associated with the region of Charente.
The Blanc is reminiscent of Lillet, a French aperitif. The nose offers floral, almond, nutty, cherry notes. The palate offers a distinct sweetness with raisins with a persistent finish. The wine was aged for 5 years in French oak.
The Rose shows a very dark color … dark enough for you think of it as a very light Pinot Noir. The nose offers sherry, coffee and ever surprisingly curry. The palate offers many of the same raisiny notes of port wines.
Swing through the shop … I have these wines available to taste.