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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  • Château Mont-Redon Côtes du Rhône 2010

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    Vibrant black pepper and leather notes on the nose, over rich red fruit. On the palate, a nice peppery edge to the red and black berry. Good minerality. Nice wine. 87 pts.5/18/13 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Hugues de Beauvignac Coteaux du Languedoc Picpoul-de-Pinet 2011

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    Some apply aromas and some hints of earthiness. Very light and refreshing on the palate. Some stone fruit flavors compete with some minerality. There is certainly nothing to object to, here. Similarly, it is not a terribly exciting wine. A good picnic wine, though. US$8.99 at Total Wines. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Tablas Creek Picpoul Blanc Paso Robles 2011

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    Everything we've tried from Tablas Creek has been excellent, even these lesser ... lesser known grapes. This Picpoul Blanc reminds me of a high end Napa sauvignon blanc. It is light and crisp, with lemon and lime citrus but not overly so with a very subtle hint of butterscotc Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Tablas Creek White Rhone Blend Paso Robles Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2009

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    Fantastic Paso white Rhone blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul Blanc. Extremely well balanced with dried apricot, almond and ginger. Somewhat dry with nice acidity, subtle oak and a long silky finish. Very similar to the 2010 with the difference being that the '09 has a bit more citrus and lemon chiffon most likely due to have a bit ... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Prisoner Orin Swift Napa 2009

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    This 2009 Blend of Counoise, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Grenache & Syrah from Rhone, France is excellent. Good Ruby-red color with a tight rim variation. Fruit notes of plum and fig with a hint of cocoa and tobacco. It has a long finish on the palette with mid acidity. This wine has not peaked and will mature nicely over time (2019-2024). Best served ... Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2010

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    Fantastic Paso white Rhone blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul Blanc. Extremely well balanced with dried apricot, almond and ginger. Somewhat dry with nice acidity, subtle oak and a long silky finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Lone Madrone Points West White 2010

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    Fantastic white Rhone blend with nice white stone fruit, subtle acid, great balance, dried apricot, fig and a nice finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  •   My wife had some carry over vacation from last year that she needed ... a barrel tasting of their Picpoul and Mourvedre and then proceeded on to a private tasting room that was already set up with an ’03 Pinot Noir, ‘07 Syrah and an ’05 Cabernet Sauvignon.  Along with these reserve library wines we each had a plate of assorted cheeses, olives... Read More

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  • My name is Phil. I am a new Chef fresh out of culinary school and IN LOVE with wine. However I don't know very much about wine and I am looking to learn as much as I can. As far as I have discovered so far I am usually a bigger fan of White Wines that are a nice balance of dry, sweet, and what i could describe as crisp tasting. I love Rieslings.... Read More

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  • Prisoner Orin Swift Napa 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by ElChamucoBlanco


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