Roadside signs throughout the Charente advertise Pineau des Charentes, a sweet liqueur made by blending lightly fermented grape must and cognac. It’s drunk chilled as an aperitif, or with oysters. Pineau is also used to make local specialities like moules au Pineau (mussels cooked with Pineau, tomatoes, garlic and parsley) and lapin à la saintongeaise (rabbit casseroled with Pineau rosé, shallots, garlic, tomatoes, thyme and bay leaves).

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