Picpoul de Pinet is probably one of the lesser known wines from the Languedoc region of France and, at Mistral Experiences, we will make sure it does get the recognition it deserves.
Picpoul de Pinet comes from a local grape “piquepoul blanc” (which translate as the “white lip-stinger”) that has been growing north of the Thau Lagoon for centuries. The vineyards are exposed to marine conditions with the sea breeze and the mistral limiting high temperatures during the day and the lagoon preventing the temperature to drop at night. This translates into a surprising crisp acidity despite the summer heat in the region.
In the Languedoc wine hierarchy, Picpoul de Pinet has its own Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée since 2013.
IN THE GLASS
Pale gold and bursting with scents of white flowers and melon, Picpoul de Pinet is well balanced, crisp, racy and with refreshing aromas of citrus peel and yellow fruit. While lively in the mouth, it is not very complex but fresh and quenching.
AT THE TABLE
A delicious summer sipper, it truly comes to life at the table with seafood and shellfish as it neutralizes the salt and iodine. Try it especially with oysters or mussels. Beside seafood and shellfish, Picpoul de Pinet is surprisingly good with rich cheese and charcuterie and splendid with other traditional Mediterranean dishes from chicken souvlaki to bocconcini bruschetta, pasta dish with barbecued bell peppers, feta, basil or veal scaloppini with goat cheese cream sauce and fresh mushroom (morels for example).
Picpoul de Pinet is not for cellaring and is best enjoyed young and chilled (8-10°).
WHERE TO FIND IT IN CANADA.
Reasonably priced ($12 – $14), Picpoul de Pinet is available at most LCBO and SAQ outlets as well as in certain BC liquor stores. However, the best way to enjoy it is definitely with us on the ground in Languedoc on the sunny patio of a local oyster farm.