Château Montifaud is a rare thing in Cognac: an independent, family-owned producer in a region dominated by big brands! Founded in 1866, it is currently run by sixth generation, Laurent Vallet, with his wife Elodie. Before taking over, Laurent worked for ten years alongside his father, Michel, learning the art of distillation.
Of their 130 ha of vines, 120 ha are in Petite Champagne and Ugni Blanc is the predominant grape grown with only 3 ha split between Colombard, Folle Blanche, Cabernet and Merlot. They believe that harvesting healthy grapes is fundamental to the floral quality of fine cognacs together with soft pressing and temperature control. Distillation takes place – artisan-style – in three much loved pot stills with Laurent including more lees (sediment) than most producers to accentuate the suppleness of his cognacs. When bringing the spirit down to drinking proof, he’s obsessed with adding the distilled water extremely slowly, even dripping it in to avoid any soapy flavours. The young spirit matures in Limousin oak casks where it continues to lose alcohol due to evaporation: the ‘angels’ share’.
The Chateau de Montifaud Jeune Blanc Pineau des Charentes is a favourite at Raffles. A blend of grape juice and and their high quality Cognac. The Ugni blanc grape variety brings finesse and elegance with a slight hint of acidity. You will also like the fruitiness of this pineau thanks to the Colombard grape (notes of apricot and white peach). This is a beautiful blend of sweetness and freshness! Try this in Charentais Melon! Perfect for Aperitif, this is a perfect match with cheese or fruity dessert as well.
Pineau should be served chilled, at 5°C!