Picpoul de Pinet is one of the world's most beloved wines, and it's also the name of the appellation from which it hails. The region lies along the Thau lagoon, to the west of the Mediterranean's Golfe de Lyon. It's the largest white wine producing area in the Languedoc, and Picpoul is one of the most consistently great wines from anywhere in the world.
That's because, with few exceptions, the wines from this area are made by a large co-operative of growers with almost infinite sources of grapes from within the appellation. No matter what Mother nature throws at them, the directors can always assemble a wonderful wine.
Picpoul wine has a fascinating, if unconventional history. It was made famous by King Louis XVI, who was so taken by the wine in the late 18th century that he ordered a seal be put on every barrel and eventually every bottle. You would probably know him as the king in power during the French Revolution and his wife, Marie Antoinette. Fortunately, those ill-fated circumstances didn't affect the popularity of Picpoul.
Our selection comes partially from vineyards in Montagnac and Beauregard, whose clay and limestone vineyards offer just the right amount of nutrients and water retention to grow perfect grapes.
This is a classic rendition of the grape. Delicate, citrus-based aromas and flavors are followed by swashes of peach and apricot and, finally, the lip-smacking, all-encompassing finish.