Cognac-expert says: ‘The beautiful façade and setting of the Chateau de Beaulon Cognac estate is a fitting setting for producing fine cognac. The chateau itself dates back to the year 1480, with it entering into the hands of the Beaulon family in 1510. The family name remains the same to this day, although it is now run by the very capable Christian Thomas. Chateau de Beaulon Cognac has always been, and continues to be, created purely from the fruits of a single vineyard, and is recognized around the world as being a highly desirable, artisan produced cognac’.
We start with yet another Pineau, great!
Chateau de Beaulon 10yo Pineau des Charentes  Ob. 18% [75cl]
If you Google-translate ‘Pineau des Charentes’ from French into English, you get ‘Pineau des Charentes’! Wiki tells us:
‘Pineau des Charentes, (Pineau Charentais, or simply Pineau) is a regional French aperitif, made in the départements of Charente, Charente-Maritime and, to a much lesser extent, Dordogne in western France. While popular within the region of production, it is less well known in other regions of France and somewhat uncommon abroad. It is a fortified wine (mistelle or vin de liqueur), made from either fresh, unfermented grape juice or a blend of lightly fermented grape must, to which a Cognac eau-de-vie is added and then matured’.
TWE says: ‘At Beaulon the Pineau des Charentes is easily distinguishable by the complex fruitiness of the noble Bordeaux grape varieties: Semillon/Sauvignon for the white; Cabernets Franc/Sauvignon and Merlot for the red‘.
- C: These Pineau’s are rather attractive. After enjoying two from Vallein Tercinier and one from Bourgoin earlier, here’s another rather sweet and rather delicious example. A future pineau tasting is surely on the cards.
I ponder late at night that cognac is the gateway for wine lovers to spirits and whisky lovers to wine. Further reading:
Chateau de Beaulon XO  Ob. 40%
XO as we now know is an established style, an industry benchmark and arguably a mark of quality & integrity. One could do a lot worse than line up a whole series of XO’s for tasting & comparison.
- C: This isn’t as convincing as the previous two XO’s from Drouet and Vallein & Drouet. I’d say this is less stylistically XO and more age-reflective.
Scores 82 points