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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  • Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet 2011

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    Crisp and refreshing with tropical fruit notes. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet 2011

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    The name translates to "lip stinger" and how accurate it is. This is everything I want in a white wine from the laser-like acidity to the full range of citrus fruits. I'll admit to being surprised this came out of Languedoc. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • 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


  • Tablas Creek White Rhone Blend Paso Robles 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


  • Gérard Bertrand Coteaux du Languedoc Picpoul-de-Pinet 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by amynraleigh


  • 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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