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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  • “L'Étranger" Zuf!  No "s".You were forced ... ... print somehow. As far as Picpoul, or Picpoul de Pinet, I've never had the red version. The white is a bit more popular. We once had it in NYC under three different labels with three different importers, same wine of course, and all three were for sale in some of the same stores. Tablas Creek is... Read More

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  • Pause a moment and think about Thanksgiving. Do you roast, smoke, or fry your ... Syrah, Clairette, Mourvedre, Picpoul, Bourboulenc, Carignan, and Calitor vying for attention. However, “maceration,” explains Guillaume Demoulin, fourth-generation winemaker at Château de Trinquevedel, “is key to expressing the complexity of Tavel.” He shares the... Read More

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  • Gerard Bertrand Terroir Picpoul de Pinet 2016


    while it was good to taste the variety one realizes why some wines are best when used to blend with others Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Just got back from a wine-centric trip to Paso Robles and Monterey ... ... Vineyard2017 Paix Sur Terre Picpoul Blanc2016 Paix Sur Terre Songs of its Own Glenrose Vineyard2017 Rabble Wine Syrah Mossfire Ranch2016 Tooth & Nail Wines Viognier2015 L'Aventure Cuvée Chloe2017 Diablo Paso Wines Albariño Guanábana2017 Diablo Paso Wines Albariño La Glo... Read More

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  • Lone Madrone Oveja 2015


    Tons of fruit on entrytable grapes, stone fruit such as peach or, better, nectarine, tropical fruit such as kiwi, banana. Some stoniness or minerality. Noticeable spritziness almost suggesting secondary fermentation. Great acid tartness provides refreshment. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Let me guess, Randy.  Aragon Wines specializes in Spanish wines.  It ... It's a 50/50 blend of Picpoul and Grenache Blanc.   Mucho fruit on entry--table grapes, kiwi, banana, nectarine.  Then some stoniness or minerality--probably, not black slate.  Very refreshing.  Since it is still summer, here, a very appropriate win Read More

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  • Well if you folks want to venture to the white side this Tablas Creek Esprit de ... ... 23% Grenache Blanc, 5% Picpoul Blanc.&nbs Read More

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  • Halter Ranch Rosé 2016


    Fruity without too much sweetness. Nice summer wine Read More

    Wine review by Sally Smithy

  • Halter Ranch White Rhone Blend Paso Robles Cotes de Paso Blanc 2010


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  • Peggy and I celebrated our anniversary, this week, up in Cambria.  Other ... ... Madrone: Tannat, Picpoul Blanc/Grenache Blanc Blend, Grenache Blanc and a Red Field Blend.I don't think I've ever had a domestic Tannat, before.  This was the least tannic version I've ever had.  So, I decided that I'd give it a twirl.Turley:Sorry, the pic is pre... 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!

    Comment by 996724hectaliter 996724 hectaliter

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

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