Folle Blanche

Folle blanche was the traditional grape variety of the Cognac and Armagnac regions of France. It is also known as Picpoule (with various variations of spelling (Piquepoul, Picpoul), although it is in fact unrelated to the Picpoul of the Languedoc) as well as Gros Plant and Enrageat blanc. Folle blanche is an offspring of Gouais blanc, with the other parent so far unidentified. 
It has been mostly replaced by its hybrid offspring Baco blanc due to phylloxera damage. Baco blanc (also known as Baco 22 A) is a cross of Folle blanche and the Vitis riparia × Vitis labrusca hybrid Noah. Folle blanche is also the parent of the very hardy and disease-resistant Baco 1 (or Baco noir), a cross of Folle blanche and a Vitis riparia variety. Baco noir and Baco 22 A, like Folle blanche and their other parents, produce a very acid wine. This makes them more suited to distillation than less acidic grapes.
Folle blanche is used in the Loire Valley area around Nantes to produce Gros Plant du Pays Nantais, Read more »

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  • “Armagnac, not the best known, but known by the best,” is a saying ... ... Armagnac, the juice of Folle Blanche, Baco or Ugni Blanc grapes are boiled in copper stills designed to allow the alcoholic vapors to pass through the incoming wine for an extra dose of fruit flavors.  The steam is then reconverted into liquid.  As opposed to Cognac, w... Read More

    From the article The Spirit of Gascony


  • Oh dear, more good French wines well under $20, even after import across the ... is made from Gros Plant (aka Folle Blanche) grown on gabbro soils near Vallet in the Muscadet Sèvre et Maine region. Domaine de la Parentière is a tiny estate which has been practicing organic agriculture for more than 30 years—the grapes are hand-harvested and fe... Read More

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  • Picpoul de Pinet Coteaux du Languedoc Aoc 2010

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    Grate grapefruit and minerality notes on this wine. This is the perfect wine for omelets or any egg dish for breakfast. Read More

    Wine review by wineozach


  • Kefraya Rouge Lebanon 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by njsailorsam


  • Domaine des Cassagnoles Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne 2008

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    Found this at the Chronicle Wine Cellar in Pasadena. I was trying to find something similar to the white wine I tasted at the Polidor in Paris (on rue Monsieur-le-Prince). It was a basic table wine that I had with a chicken dish but from memory I recall it was probably good to drink alone. This bottle isn't exactly the one I had, but it's the sa... Read More

    Wine review by paultakeda


  • Domaine des Cassagnoles Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by paultakeda


  • Domaine des Cassagnoles Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne 2008

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    Light on the tongue. Bright on the taste! Once again, we sold out at our tasting of this wine. We will continue to carry it as it has become a shop favorite! Read More

    Wine review by bubbles magee


  • Domaine des Cassagnoles Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne 2008

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    Very refreshing white wine with a nice price tag. Slight spicy aroma on the nose with hints of lemon, citrus, and grass with a nice balance of acidity and sugar. Would go very well with chicken and other white meat or just to sip on while sitting outside this summer. Read More

    Wine review by tabednar


  • Domaine des Cassagnoles Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne 2008

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    So many wines in store refrigerators are put there without consideration. My local wine and cheese snob shop, on the other hand, has a knack for picking the best values from their selection. Domaine Des Cassagnoles is their most recent and outstanding choice. Pairs well with summertime vegetables or chicken. At less than $10, this is a French su... Read More

    Wine review by redatom


  • Picpoul de Pinet Folle Blanche Hugues Beaulieu Coteaux du Languedoc France 2006

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    Scents of butter and lemon. Mild with a creamy mouthfeel. Read More

    Wine review by GoinGray


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