Charente

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Charente

(French ʃarɑ̃t)
n
1. (Placename) a department of W central France, in Poitou-Charentes region. Capital: Angoulême. Pop: 341 275 (2003 est). Area: 5972 sq km (2329 sq miles)
2. (Placename) a river in W France, rising in the Massif Central and flowing west to the Bay of Biscay. Length: 362 km (225 miles)
References in classic literature ?
A small vessel with an English crew, whose captain is on my side, awaits you at the mouth of Charente, at fort of the Point.
said Mademoiselle de Tonnay- Charente, coldly, but in a manner to attract attention to a question that was not without its calculated aim.
de Bragelonne," said Mademoiselle de Tonnay- Charente, with persistent malice.
D'Artagnan made several steps along the gallery, holding Louise on his arm; then, when they were far enough removed from the others - "What I had to say to you, mademoiselle," replied he, "Mademoiselle de Tonnay- Charente has just expressed; roughly and unkindly, it is true but still in its entirety.
Yet more and more are beginning to realise why Poitou- Charentes is a firm favourite with French families who don't want to a spend a fortune holidaying beside the Med.
That Pineau des Charentes is made by a load of producers, but you can find Chateau Orignac's version around for pounds 12.
To such an extent has butter-making been taken up that the two departements of the Charentes, which a few years ago did not export any butter, now supply one fourth of the total amount sold in the Paris market and three times as much as Normandy and Brittany.
Sorbet in Pineau des Charentes will precede the steak dish.
Royan is perhaps the area's most popular seaside resort, while close by is the Ile d'Oleron, one of the most beautiful islands off the Charentes coast.
Golfers can choose from Brittany, Normandy, Western Loire, Poitou Charentes and Aquitaine, or combine them for a two-centre or more holiday.
Implementing agency : Conseil regional Poitou Charentes
The product is sold in Asia and the United States and is a mixture of quality distilled wines, or Brandy, which is manufactured and bottled in Charentes at Lignere, France, by Calibest & Veron, a subsidiary of Pernod Ricard.