Picpoul

 

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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  • Benjamin Darnault Picpoul de Pinet 2010

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    A simple, dry, white wine with a crisp and fresh taste. Leaving a light and pleasant after taste it would be perfect with seafood. Read More

    Wine review by JoeFidds


  • Like many foodies, I adore oysters on the half shell. One of my first jobs working in a professional kitchen as a kid, after I was promoted from the pot sink, was shucking oysters and serving them iced on the half shell. I got very adept at opening them very quickly – but of course, who doesn’t prefer to have someone open their oysters for them?... Read More

    From the article Nonconformist Oyster & Wine Pairings


  • Very good to hear from you, Louise, and thanks for offering to contribute!Can I ... ... I enjoy everything from picpoul de pinet with anchovies to the most complex reds you might know.3) Who are the winemakers in Minervois I should pay closest attention to right now, for maximum pleasure? I used to travel to southern France a lot, but not so m... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Helping hand in Languedoc...


  • Dear All, I'm new to Snooth so I wanted to start by making a contribution to the community. I've lived in Languedoc since 2002 and work in wine as a marketing/PR consultant. When I travel in wine country I often seek  personal recommendations via the internet, so I'm always happy to help wine enthusiasts who are planning a trip to MY region, by ... Read More

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  • La Cote Flamene Picpoul de Pinet 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Domaine Font Mars Picpoul 2012

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    Tight and slightly herbal on the nose with subtle shadings of dried herb stem floating over a base of flinty minerality. This is lean and fresh in the mouth and very acid driven with some crap apple and lime pith fruit and subtle herbal shadings offering a bit of complexity. Gaining a little richness on the backend, and some notes of white peach... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine Font Mars Picpoul 2012

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    Wine review by mark


  • Domaine de Cantagrils Picpoul de Pinet 2012

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    Dusty and spicy on the nose this shows a fine mineral base with gently drying apple blossoms and crisp apple fruit on the nose. Bright, fresh and acid driven in the mouth, this has a fair amount of weight and richness to it yet remains crisp and focused with slightly creamy apple and tart peach flavors on the palate. The acid drives the long fin... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine de Cantagrils Picpoul de Pinet 2012

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    Wine review by mark


  • As we spend time this summer exploring new wine regions it’s worth ... ... region, and in particular Picpoul, which is my mission white of this summer. Today however, with grilling on my mind and the memories of a particularly exceptional burger fresh at hand (dry aged, grass fed beef, home ground and served on a cheddar biscuit bun!) I though... Read More

    From the article Variety and Value from The Languedoc


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