Picpoul, 2017. La Domitienne

Picpoul, 2017. La Domitienne

Item #: V0519W1IF
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Picpoul
Vineyard/Appellation: A.O.C. Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc, France
Color: Very Pale, Almost Green
Nose: Fresh Cut Flowers
Palate: Melon, Citrus
Finish: Lively Citrus Edge
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2020/Shellfish, Seafood/12.5 % Alcohol by Volume

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This small estate is in the village of Montagnac, just a few miles from the Mediterranean. The soil is full of the nutritious minerals garnered from ancient oyster beds that have been deposited on its shores for millennia.

It is interesting to note that, worldwide, vineyards were originally planted near large bodies of water so that wine could be loaded on to ships easier. That was rather serendipitous, as coastal land carries the nutrients from sea creatures, which turn out to be the best kind of natural fertilizer there is.

The Picpoul (or Piquepoul) grape is rather unique and apparently quite rare. It's one of those occurrences where a grape is so associated with one particular area, few try to grow it anywhere else.

La Domitienne's name comes from the Latin word "Domitia," the name of the road linking Rome to Cadiz, Spain. It was used by both countries as they imported and exported each other's wine. Picpoul de Pinet is a special little stop on that wine road.

Pinet is technically in the Languedoc, but this grape in this area is very different than any other from here. The limestone and chalk soils present a very stern environment and, thus, the vines are forced to produce only a small amount of fruit, assuring that what is produced is of very high quality.

The nose is of fresh cut flowers and spice notes, leading into guava and melon on the palate and an almost luxurious follow-through to the snappy ending.