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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  • Domaine de Cantagrils Picpoul de Pinet 2012


    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

  • Chateau Font-Mars Picpoul de Pinet 2008


    I tried 2012. This is a pale yellow white from near the area Mediterranean coast of France. Apples and wild flowers on the nose. Nice crispy acidity with surprising dry finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snowmonster

  • With summer on the way I've been writing more about white wines, and in ... ... interested in exploring Picpoul, Albarino, and some of the great white wines of Portugal, which all fit the bill nicely.This is only the tip of the iceberg of course, but each wine offers up something unique for both consumers and myself. In the case of Picpoul an... Read More

    From the article What I'm Liking in May 2014

  • We’ve had quite the varied set of wines reported on this week. From ... ... pair with Bordeaux, or with Picpoul de Pinet? Sometimes you just need a little inspiration! I don’t want to get trapped in a box here, so take my suggestions with a grain of salt, but for my palate these are some fabulous food and wine pairings. Of course there are oth... Read More

    From the article Pairing our Wines of the Week

  • Adelaida Picpoul Blanc 2012


    Really good white Rhone from Paso. Lemon drops, fresh, clean and crisp with excellent mouth watering acidity but also nicely balanced with a touch of oily texture. Great alternative to pinot gris and sauv blanc. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Adelaida Version White Anna's & Glenrose Vineyards 2012


    Fantastic Paso white Rhone blend of grenache blanc, picpoul blanc, viognier and roussanne. Nice and crisp but with some slightly round and perfume notes. Creamy lemon pith and melon along with a touch of honey. Fairly long tongue coating finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • I like the idea of that OOPS.  Maybe for the friends?I think that the ... ... the geeky among us, another Picpoul, as I felt a little easy to pigeonhole as I drank one tonight Read More

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  • TASTING DIRTY AND ROWDY WITH HARDY WALLACE - Puchdown Cellars - Santa Rosa (4/23/2014)I stopped by Punchdown today to see Hardy and pick up my 2012 Shake Ridge Mourvèdre from the prior release. BTW Fox, I picked up your wine as well so you know where it is when you want it. He had a couple hours to kill so he popped open his current release amon... Read More

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