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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  • 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

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  • 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

  • Arnaud Gaujal Picpoul de Pinet 2008


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    Wine review by winestylee

  • Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet 2007


    New York Times April 24, 2009 "Félines Jourdans 2007 version is addictive" Read More

    Wine review by winestylee

  • Hello!Tomorrow, a friend of mine is going to France, and I am going to ask her to bring me back 2 bottles.I am from South Africa, and I don't know anything about the region...What I need is reccomendations for 2 bottles (different), requirements of which are:Red wine (blends, single varietal...)VALUE FOR MONEY!!!Nothing over 15 euros! (each... Read More

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

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