Pineau des Charentes is a liqueur wine produced in Charante, which is in the same area as cognac. A.E. Dor Pineau des Charentes is a selection of the best grape musts and eaux-de-vie from Grande Champagne, which make it possible to produce this exceptional Pineau. In the aroma, Pineau Rouge has notes of wild strawberries, kirsch and forest fruit jam. On the palate, the liqueur wine is honeyed with notes of fresh fruit, cherry, raspberry and syrup. Pineau Rouge matures for 4 years.
In 1858, Amédée-Edouard Dor, the eldest son of a cognac family (the family had vineyards in Balzac and Ruffec), embarked on his lifelong passion: collecting the finest collection of cognacs in France. By scouring cognac houses, Amédée's reputation quickly grew and he gained access to cognacs that had never been seen or tasted before. Much of what he bought had been aged in barrels for more than 70 years.
When A.E. Dor died, his son-in-law, Noël Denieul-Dor, took over and continued the tradition, of collecting old batches of cognac. A.E. Dor still owns much of this old cognac from that period. The oldest treasures are stored in "Le Paradis," a part of the cognac house that has remained unchanged for more than 200 years and is now the heart and soul of modern A.E. Dor.
Some of these cognacs have been around for so long that their alcohol content has been reduced to 30% by natural evaporation. This is due to the evaporation of alcohol, a process called "the share for the angels." According to BNIC (Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac) rules, cognac cannot have an alcohol percentage lower than 40% (1946 rule), but A.E. Dor was the first cognac house (1951) to be allowed to sell cognac with a lower alcohol percentage. This applied to their Très Vieilles Grandes Champagnes.
The house is considered one of those selling quality cognac because they have a lot of aged cognac and eschew additives. There are few, if any, other houses that can match A.E. Dor's collection of old treasures. They have cognac from 1805, 1811, 1834 and 1858, among others, that is, from the period before Phylloxera (phylloxera) destroyed the vines in the cognac region.
In 1980, Jaques Rivière bought the house, along with his brother. Jacques worked in the textile industry and traveled extensively. It is said he bought the business so his wife Odile Rivière would have a hobby while he was away. However, Odile died in a car accident in 1992; Jacques and the children then took over the house. For decades, each generation has managed to respect the tradition of Amédée-Edouard Dor. Now Odile and Jacques' son, Pierre-Antoine Revière, continues the work.