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

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    Very attractive golden yellow color. Spring blossome floral aromas. Quite dry and refrehng in the mouth. Some kind of fruit flavor--kiwi or pineapple. Nice acid tartness gives me the refreshing thing. Bit of bitterness in the back. Good, lingering finish. US$32.99 at Wine Club in Santa Ana. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Domaine Saint Peyre Picpoul de Pinet 2011

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    Good value. Nice balance between body, brightness and fruit. Green apple, melon. Read More

    Wine review by jdot


  • Prisoner Orin Swift Napa 2009

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    This is a great wine for the money... One that I will buy again! Read More

    Wine review by nmtwo


  • In Wales at the moment on a short break settling my daughter into her second year at Swansea University.Yesterday I popped into Supermarket in Swansea and thought I would buy a sneaky few bottles before the 25% off offer finishes. The store was jammed packed with first year Students and their parents stocking up on essentials. Whilst looking dow... Read More

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  • Prisoner Orin Swift Napa 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108


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

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    Flinty nose with hints of petrol and crab apple. Oily texture and mouth coating. Golden apple flavors along with pear and floral notes. Nice. Tad of funk on the finish. Lingers nicely.90 pts.9/1/12 at winery Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet 2010

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    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Halter Ranch White Rhone Blend Paso Robles Cotes de Paso Blanc 2010

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    Nice clear straw color. It really is straw color--a faint tint of orange. Very floral, fruity nose--I don't smell honey, but I think of honey. Pretty neutral on the tip of the tongue. Things don't start to happen until further back. I get some fruit--pears--and, also, some mineral to rein in the fruit. We're having grilled chicken for dinn... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Arnaud Gaujal Picpoul de Pinet 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by jeffmacintyre


  • It's that time of year. Beer is probably the best bet, but I'm wondering what wine others like to drink with Carolina-style pulled pork and/or ribs. Read More

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