La Grange du Bois
Chemin de la Grande du Bois, 16200 BOURG CHARENTE
Tél : +33 (0)5 45 81 10 17
In the heart of on old family hamlet where wine from the slopes has been distilled since 1727, the house radiates a charm which is a reflection also of the personnality of the proprietor.
Visit the family traditional property, the old village, taste the products in the cellar with your friends or in a group. Take with you Pineau or Cognac.
The vineyard straddles the Petite Champagne and Fins Bois is mainly Ugni Blanc planted on land limestone topped with a layer of clay and limestone. The Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon required to produce Rosé Pineau, complete the vineyard.
Cognac is produced using traditional methods in two separate heaters in a small Charentais alembic.
For more than sixty years to the family-Cartais Lamaure, directly markets its products Cognac and Pineau des Charentes.
Cave de Saint Sornin
CAVE DE SAINT SORNIN, Les Combes 1, 16220 St Sornin
Tél : 05 45 23 92 22
St. Sornin is a coopoerative wine producer in the Charente. It does tours of the cave by arrangement and you can buy St. Sornin afterwards in the shop.
The Charente is not a big wine producer opting instead for mixing its grapes with Cognac to produce “Pineau des Charentes”. However St. Sornin – certainly the “Privilege” is very pleasant both on the pallette and wallet.
Five distinct wine-making areas
Vins du Haut-Poitou (just north of Poitiers): the Haut-Poitou winemaking area was granted its own AOC label for the 2011 harvest onwards, meaning the AOC will be on labels from 2012 and the years following. The area itself is a relatively small one, just north of Poitiers, with 44 communes in the Vienne plus two in the neighbouring Deux-Sèvres. The majority of the wine made here is produced by the wine cooperative Cave du Haut Poitou.
Vins de Thouarsais (slightly further north and west, based around Thouars): this is an even smaller wine-producing area, covering just 15 communes in the Deux-Sèvres to the north of the region. In fact there are just 25 hectares currently producing Vins du Thouarsais! But though it does not have its own AOC it does have the Vin Délimité de Qualité Supérieure (VDQS) label and produces some excellent wines.
Vins de Saumur, nord Vienne (an area in the Vienne department just south of Saumur):
This famous wine area has its own AOC and has a great history too. When Henry Count of Anjou became King Henry II of England in 1154, this led to a great demand for the wines of the Saumur as English noblemen became particularly fond of it. Today the Saumur wine area is mostly in the Pays de la Loire region but also includes nine communes in the Vienne in Poitou-Charentes.
Vins d’Anjou, Deux-Sèvres (just south of Angers or the Anjou wine area):
the wines produced across just 14 communes in the north of the Deux-Sèvres come under the well-known AOC of Anjou, most of which is in the Maine-et-Loire department in the Pays de la Loire region to the north. There are also nine communes in the Vienne under the Anjou AOC.
Vins de Pays Charentais: while the above might be the most prestigious wines – because of the Haut-Poitou, Saumur and Anjou names – they are certainly not the only good wines produced in the region. Indeed the wines known as the Vins de Pays Charentais – www.vindepayscharentais.fr – meaning wine from the Charente and Charente-Maritime are very popular with people who know their way around a vineyard and conceal some hidden treasures.