The AOC includes some 1400 hectares of vineyard just inland from the Thau Lagoon: around the village of Pinet – the largest white wine producing area in the Languedoc / Roussillon region. It is a limestone plateau basking in the rising sun covered in highly perfumed garrigue, rows of vines, and scattered pine groves.
One of the oldest Languedoc grapes, the Piquepoul has been growing near the Thau Lagoon for centuries. White is the most common, though both blush and black grapes are to be found. As early as 1618, the botanist J.B. Maniol cited Piquepoul as one of the best known Languedoc grapes in his work “Sylve plantarium”.
It grows in a dry climate, so the end-of-season humidity helps grapes fill out and finish ripening. The grapes grow in loose bunches, are oval shaped and come off easily. That is why, in the olden days, trays were often placed beneath the vines to catch falling grapes !
The wine is remarkably fresh and quenching. It’s dry and lively. Works very well with seafood, cheese and charcuterie. (We had a cheese board and then seafood with it.)
This is our first adventure with the grape, but it won’t be our last. Not by a long shot.
The bottle is unique with its individual embossing so it will be easy to spot when you go back for more. I will be.
LANGUEDOC PICPOUL DE PINET – ORMARINE