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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  • Chateau Font-Mars Picpoul de Pinet 2008


    Tropical fruit notes. Was lighter mouthfeel than white Burgundy. Had as an apertif Read More

    Wine review by andrew

  • We have a nice picpoul de pinet from the laungedoc and we ant to use it to the greatest advantage. However, my wife does not like oysters. Does anyone have any other suggestions? Read More

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  • Domaine de la Mordorée Lirac Blanc Cuvée de la Reine des Bois 2008


    This wine is a blend of Viognier, Roussane, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul, Bourboulenc and Clairette. Clear and light lemon colour. Young and intense on the nose, it is a complex mix of almond, caramelised sugar and there is a good presence of the alcohol. (14%) 25% of the wine is fermented in oak barrel, which gives a lively and complex pal... Read More

    Wine review by Quentin4

  • Pomerols Picpoul Pinet H.B 2008


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    Wine review by sasham

  • I just can't help but feel like both WA and WS are rating wines higher then they have in the past. These thoughts are coming from my true love in wine, Barolo. I remember reading reviews on wines from 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001 (all great vintages) and for some of the best producers in that region I would see scores of 90 - 94 for some of the best... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Are scores getting higher?

  • Hugues Beaulieu Coteaux du Languedoc Picpoul-de-Pinet les Costières de Pomerols 2007


    Very light, citrus and refreshing, perfect for sipping on a summer evening after work. Great with seafood and salads. It's my "house" wine May-Sept - I buy a couple cases when ever my local shop has a 20% off cases sale. Read More

    Wine review by 189341ksregan 189341 ksregan

  • Terre de Neptune Picpoul de Pinet 2006


    2007 is an excellent summer wine. A nice balance of fruit and dry finish. $11-14. Read More

    Wine review by jaerne

  • Arnaud Gaujal Picpoul de Pinet 2008


    This wine is very deserving of a 4/5. I see this as an excellent exemplar of the Picpoul variety. The color was a nice clear hue. It was nice and crisp. I chose to pair it with an olive spread on a toasted baguette slice. I see now that it would have been better with seafood. It was a little Chablis-esque, but more subtle. I will definite... Read More

    Wine review by rhill2990

  • I just purchased some wines that I am unfamiliar with. Included is a Gaujal de Saint Bon Picpoul 2008. I know it would probably be great with seafood and oysters in particular. I would like to have my wife share the bottle with me and she is not a seafood fan. Can someone suggest a cheese or other appetizer that might be paired well with pic... Read More

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  • I want to introduce myself to the Community. I just recently signed up and have been very impressed with the site. It is great to be among people with similar interests who are interested and knowledgeable about wine. I think the site will not only enhance my knowledge but help me focus my wine selections. I look forward to getting to know s... Read More

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