Name of varietal: Picpoul (Piquepoul)

Common synonyms: Avello, Avillo, Extra, Feher Piquepoul, Languedocien, Picapoll, Picapolla, Picapulla, Picpoul, Picpoul de Pinet

Parentage of the grape: Unknown.

History of the grape: Wine has been made from this grape since at least the 17th century, when it was cited as “Piquepoul,” or “lip stinger,” presumably because of its high natural acidity. It comes in Noir, Gris, and Blanc versions. The white is the most planted, but it’s common to see all three in the same vineyard. Picpoul was popular throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, and was once a common base for vermouth, but lost a lot of vineyard area after the phylloxera epidemic. It is now regaining popularity, and its main AC, Picpoul de Pinet, is becoming better-known.

Picpoul Noir is most common as a minor ingredient in the Chateaneuf du Pape blend.

Characteristics of the grape: lemon, mineral, high acidity, full body

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  • Not a horrible analogy; there's a reason why the Perrin family is down ... ... Beaujolais or Muscadet or Picpoul de Pinet  ;-).  Part of the problem back then was, of course, the riotous brett and other issues from relatively dirty winemaking.I've had those ethereal experiences from both Bordeaux and Burgundy (and Barolo and aged Champagne and... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Epic Barolo

  • In getting together with some LA and OC wine folks yesterday, I brought along this 1961 Oddero Barolo to the party that also featured a '66 Lafite, and a '66 Haut Brion, among others. I had sourced this Barolo just last week as something to throw at the pair of old 1st growth wolves, and spice things up. Sitting here this morning, I can easily c... Read More

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  • Just got my spring shipment from Tablas and of course had to throw in a couple ... ... Grenache Blanc and Picpoul Blanc.  Mouth watering acidity from the blancs with the nice rich texture that the roussanne add Read More

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  • Adelaida Finder 2012


    Really enjoyed this Paso white Rhone blend! Nice touch of lemon pith combined with dried fig, pear and a touch of apricot. This has medium acidity, medium body and a crisp mid-length finish. Excellent QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Yesterday I presented a brief overview of Washington state to help put ... some terrific Viognier and Picpoul as well that will most likely never see distribution beyond the mailing list but they all were exciting wines. The reds in particular were some of the most complex, nuanced wines I encountered in Washington, skillfully blending rich fr... Read More

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  • Tablas Creek White Rhone Blend Paso Robles Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2006


    Ripe pear, honey and still a touch of some floral notes. This is an interesting Rhone blend with some age and a gold hue. Still drinking very nicely but seems to be on the latter part of its drinking curve. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Sometimes your plans don't exactly work out as one anticipates. Say a trip ... 43% Grenache Blanc  11% Picpoul no oak, no malo Clean and fresh on the nose with notes of pear skins, a little orange and some hints of heather and honeycomb. Pretty fruity in the mouth again with lots of pear fruit accented by lightly lemony and tart apple flavors ... Read More

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  • Unti Cuvée Blanc Dry Creek Valley 2012


    46% Vermentino, 43% Grenache Blanc 11% Picpoul no oak, no malo Clean and fresh on the nose with notes of pear skins, a little orange and some hints of heather and honeycomb. Pretty fruity in the mouth again with lots of pear fruit accented by lightly lemony and tart apple flavors supported by nice cutting acids. This has just a hint of fleshine... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2009


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  • Lone Madrone Points West White 2008


    Very similar to the '09 with a rich flavor profile of ripened apricot and dark spice, slightly darker fruit, a little older but still drinking very well. Read More

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  • I found a couple available overseas but sites not in English or out of stock. There has to be something available in the USA right? I'm looking for 100% Picpoul Noir not blanc. Cheers!

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  • Does a picpoul noir exist in the US for purchase?

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