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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  • 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

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


    honeysuckle, lemon, apple aromas. pale golden color with lemon, honey, caramel flavors. Drinking very nice, love this wine Read More

    Wine review by totoro2

  • I tried to search for a forum about this but I couldn't find one, even though I'm sure there is somewhere. Put simply, I am extremely confused about French Wines - I know they don't put the varietal on the label but that's about it. How do you know what you're buying? Can anyone give me any details or direct me to any good references about this ... Read More

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  • I joined this site tonight after buying a bottle of finca las moras - Cabernet sauvignon and after the first sip i wasn't very impressed but I let it sit for a few minutes and its actually really good! It was only £3.50 @ co-op. Read More

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  • I will be traveling to Perpignan France from Barcelona Spain for work at the end of February and will have a day to explore the wine scene. Any suggestions on must see wineries, good restaurants, bottles I should seek out to bring home? I prefer medium to full body red wines and prefer not to spend over $50 a bottle unless it is at a restauran... Read More

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  • Pomerols Picpoul Pinet H.B 2008


    We bought a case for our wedding reception this August, and were quite happy that there was some left over and we finished off the final bottle in December. Great value! Read More

    Wine review by ppretzer

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  • La Chapelle de la Bastide Picpoul 2008


    This affordable French white definitely had not-so-subtle hints of citrus, and it paired well with some seared scallops. Perhaps a tad too sweet for my tastes (I prefer my whites to be as dry as possible), but with the right meal this wine could be a winner. In addition, it would work quite well as a sipping wine...a cordial or even aperitif. Read More

    Wine review by jmd477

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