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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  • Grape Escape Languedoc-Roussillon, Sud de France. We, DPD Wine Club from Oslo, Norway  traveled with Wine Pleasures to the quaint seaside town of Leucate. In the South of France, between Narbonne and Perpignan, Leucate is known for two things- the freshest oysters you’ll ever have and the best wines to match.  First visiting Cave Coopérative de ... Read More

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  • Picpoul de Pinet Coteaux du Languedoc 2009


    Nadeel als je het etiket hebt gelezen dat er flarden blijven hangen... citrus (mja), ik kan me zeker voorstellen dat het een geschikte wijn is voor bij vis, mits niet al te spicy. Fris, strak, klein zuurtje op het eind.Ja de citrus vruchten dansen op je tong, bescheiden geur en ergens iets stenigs (waar smaakt dat nu precies naar ?) Read More

    Wine review by aalts

  • Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet 2008


    "Picpoul de Pinet stands out as a source of white wine in the Coteaux du Languedoc, where red otherwise dominates. This is a fairly classic example. Minerals and sea salt on the nose of this moderately pale wine, with hints of shells, green vegetables and melons. A little weight on the palate, but otherwise this is a fresh, whistle-clean white w... Read More

    Wine review by winestylee

  • Summer is here and what could be better than enjoying it on some of the ... to ... to choose from -- a crisp Picpoul de Pinet or lush Grenache Blanc fits the bill -- but to put me in that Mediterranean summer mood, nothing works better than a fine rose, and Tavel is always one of the finest! I love the lightly spicy nature of a good Tavel, and... Read More

    From the article Sud de France

  • Chateau Font-Mars Picpoul de Pinet 2008


    I am obsessed with this wine. when ever i see it on the shelf (which is rare) I HAVE to buy it. It smells like it's going to be super sweet, but it's surprisingly dry. goes amazingly with spicy foods as well. Read More

    Wine review by Norbury10

  • Domaine des Laurieres Picpoul de Pinet 2009


    "Brilliant robe with green tints, a young pleasant note... symphony of aromas, blending tropical fruit and peach; harmonious and delicately shaded palate with a hint of tropical fruit. "domaine-des-lauriers.com"A vibrant dry white wine similar to Muscadet, brilliant with oysters and seafood. This wine has a Hachette One Star, and Bronze Medal at... Read More

    Wine review by vinvinvin10

  • La Chapelle de la Bastide Picpoul de Pinet 2009


    "This little white from the south of France is dry, clean and fresh with yellow ... in the nose and mouth. The 'Picpoul de Pinet' varietal is used to make light white wines and Armagnac. The grapes for this excellent Picpoul are harvested on the slopes of the Languedoc facing the Mediterranean, and the sunny climate of the region gives the grap... Read More

    Wine review by vinvinvin10

  • Dom des Lauriers Picpoul 2008


    Crisp, apples, some pear and melon, nice acidity, citrus fruit, refreshing, nice green apple on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig

  • Domaine de la Mirande Coteaux du Languedoc Picpoul-de-Pinet 2005


    A clear, light gold in colour. Fresh aromas of peaches, apricots and citrus fruits. The texture is very crisp with good acidity. The flavours are of stone fruits, white flowers with a dash of lemon and lime. Very bright and cleansing finish. Read More

    Wine review by winestylee

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