Picpoul de Pinet

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Picpoul de Pinet, popular dry, aromatic languedoc white given its own aoc in 2013, when it appropriated the name Picpoul and decreed that piquepoul be used for the variety by all other appellations. The green-gold, full-bodied, lemon-flavoured white wine is grown on about 2,400 ha/5928 acres of fairly low-lying land between Pézenas and the Bassin de Thau lagoon exclusively from Picpoul Blanc grapes. This curious speciality, one of the country’s few varietally named AOC wines, has in the post-modern age of vinification attracted new interest. Millions of tourists each summer see the well-signposted co-operative at Pinet, the most important producer of this distinctive wine and clearly visible from the main autoroute along the Mediterranean coast. The co-operative at Pomerols and some individual domaines such as Félines Jourdan have made some good examples.