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The Bonfils family, owners of the historic Ch?teau de Vaugelas in Corbi?res and Ch?teau Millegrand in Minervois, continue to expand their influence in the Languedoc with their recent commitment to the region's most important white wine. This time, instead of purchasing a domaine, Bonfils P?re et Fils built a state-of-the-art winery in the picturesque fishing village of M?ze that is devoted exclusively to the production of Picpoul de Pinet.
Bonfils hands-on CEO/Director of Winemaking Xavier-Luc Linglin believes that in order to ensure consistent balance of ripeness and acidity each year, it's necessary to source from a broad palette of micro-terroirs. Over the past decade, he has forged relationships with several conscientious independent growers in Picpoul de Pinet's six communes and the chefs de cave at cooperative wineries in Pom?rols and Montagnac. Cooperative wineries account for approximately 80% of the appellation's production as most of the area's growers understand the challenge of consistency.
Freshness and bright acidity are essential in Picpoul's role as the requisite accompaniment to the oysters of the neighboring Thau Basin. L'Etang de Thau is one of the finest sources for shellfish on France's Mediterranean coast and M?ze is the Languedoc's oyster capital. The name La Domitienne comes from the Latin term Via Domitia, the road linking ancient Rome with Cadiz, Spain. This historic route, which allowed the Romans to control all of Southern Gaul (modern day France) bisects the Picpoul de Pinet appellation, dividing it into two very distinct terroirs.
The appellation is 100% Picpoul from various sites comprised of 3,200 acres planted in sixcommunes (Pinet, Pom?rols, Florensac, Castelnau-de-Guers, Montagnac and M?ze). Original variety identified as Piquepoul Gris as far back as 1618 is still prevalent, however several disease-resistant clones are now widely planted. Two distinct terroirs - The Northern zone is warmer and more humid where vines are interspersed with garrigue and pine trees to grow on cretaceous limestone. Grapes from Montagnac in the Northern zone is the primary source. The Southern zone is a sandy, gravel-covered plain with uniform rows of well-exposed vines that tilt down to the Mediterranean's Thau Basin.
Our selection is classic Picpoul, clean and fresh with shy stone fruit flavors and the signature white nectarine finish. Perfect with raw oysters or shrimp scampi.
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