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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  • Hugues Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet Premier 2009


    I must say this wine has some kind of magic. The wine is not flashy but very ... milk on cereal (only here, Picpoul with herb pasta, chicken, and veggies, or maybe just bacon and eggs.). It lasts vacu-corked in the fridge easily four days, and gets better. The "bitter herb" finish is lovely and well-integrated as is the whole wine, and the... Read More

    Wine review by dynowine

  • My wife Diana loves very interesting white wines. She always challenges the bartenders and the sommeliers we meet to find her something she likes. She describes the the type of wine she likes in a most intereting way, "Diana liked this wine".  One wine she really liked recently was a Grillo called Del Barone by Tenuta di Serramarrocco another sh... Read More

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  • Cave de Pomérols Coteaux du Languedoc Picpoul-de-Pinet Hugues de Beauvignac 2009


    Sophisticated yet tame French white, good QPR too. Beautifully integrated and balanced ripe fruit, slightly bitter herbs, acid, and minerals. Attacks with crisp mild acid and smooth ripe sour fruit (white grapefruit, sour apple, and a bit of lemon) followed by a pleasant patina of slick bitter herbs and mineral. Glycerin finish of the herbs and ... Read More

    Wine review by dynowine

  • Pomerols Picpoul Pinet H.B 2008


    For the price this wine is great. A pretty subtle nose with yellow apple. Green apple with some lime and lemon on the palate, nice hints of minerality. Nice acidity cutting through it. Not complex, but more than worth it for $9 and you're getting to try a varietal you don't see much of outside of being a minor Rhone blender. Great on a summer da... Read More

    Wine review by sonicfallout80

  • Hey Snoothers,Discover some great wines that taste more expensive than they ... ... Jourdan's award-winning Picpoul de Pinet, Jean-Pascal Aubron's Muscadet Sevre et Maine sur Lie, Clos Bagatelle's St Chinian Tradition and Jardin de Bagatelle.All wines will be 10% off, so swing by and say hello and have a drink on me!Cheer Read More

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  • Hugues Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet Premier 2009


    Crisp, zippy, white languedoc. Enjoyed it. Read More

    Wine review by RMH

  • Le Jade Picpoul de Pinet


    Drinking the 2008 right now. Not bad at all. Nice, bright fruit flavors. Specifically sour apple, some watermelon, I even tasted a bit of fresh mint. It has a refresehing tartness on the back end and a fairly dry finish. It's been in the fridge maybe 20 minutes. I'd like to try it again after it's fully chilled. Seeems like a nice, fresh summer ... Read More

    Wine review by GrantC

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


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    Wine review by caltrop

  • Recently tried Esser Zinfandel American Canyon Napa County-2005 at just under $8 a bottle.  Great "cheap" Zin.  I would love to hear from others about this or your favorite under $10 bottle.   Read More

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  • La Chapelle de la Bastide Picpoul de Pinet 2008


    This wine was a little too light for me. Lacked some of the acidity and crispness that I look for in white wine. Not strong enough to hold up with food, but OK as an aperitif. Read More

    Wine review by pendrops

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