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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  • Lock & Worth Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon 2014


    This Bordeaux-style is perhaps the most singular I've ever tasted, and not ... of saltiness - almost like a Picpoul de Pinet. Very enervating, refreshing and clean yet strangely muted... could be the start of something new? Quality is not lacking...87 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Yesterday, The Guardian reporter Fiona Beckett threw down the corkscrewed ... ... wine is more playful than a Picpoul or Pinot Grigio, it's a little more manageable than Sauvignon Blanc and it goes great with many foods.  “Above all, it's pronounceable, which makes it easy to remember when you're scanning a wine list or a supermarket shelf,” s... Read More

    From the article Guardian Says Vermentino a Contender for the Sauv Blanc Throne

  • Picpoul de Pinet Closieres Lauent Sauvage 2014


    I bought this bottle of wine for £8 from a local supermarket.Picpoul is a grape variety [which comes in red and white versions although thev white is far more common],grown in Languedoc.It is susceptible to fungus and has low yeilds although it can do well on sandy soils so it is not widely used. Picpoul de Pinet is an AOC created in 1985 for wh... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Over the years, multiple varieties have made the news for one reason or ... ... Viognier or Marsanne. Even Picpoul is easier to grow.” Marsanne tends to set a heavy crop leading Bewley to come back and thin. “We must go through the blocks and cut off 50% to 75% of the fruit to make great wines. The great thing is that these varieties make wond... Read More

    From the article Challenging Wine Personalities

  • It’s time to stop playing it safe with your local gnosh-spot wine ... white wines of Picpoul have become a safe and very decent choice for gluggable, uncomplicated drinking,” she said. “Southern Italy is another good bet at the lower end, particularly Puglia and Sicily.” Another tip? Wine-in-box is no longer a swear word in the wine world. “An ... Read More

    From the article How to Master a Wine List: UK Somm Gives Tips

  • Preambule Picpoul de Pinet Sud de France 2013


    Binny's 04/2015. The to date hit of the summer 2015. I should take the advice ... more often. My first ever picpoul. Shared with neighbors on our deck on a top ten Sunday afternoon in M Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • NG, saw your post from the other day and had to dig this one out of the wine ... 25% grenache blanc and 5% picpoul blanc. Totally deliciou Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • This was fantastic! As was getting it from a wine shop at half retail. ... Grenache blanc, 25% Picpoul Blanc, 25% Viognier, and 17% Roussanne  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...

  • New world wine make it so easy. It's all written right on the label. Winery ... ... noirMourvedreMuscardinPicpoul noirSyrahTennet noirVaccareseI suppose that is good information for the consumer, but there are no rules on how to blend these together.  A bottle of CdP may be a combination of Mourvedre (45%) Grenache (30%), Syrah (15%), Cinsault... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aspiring wine lover

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