Exploring Picpoul de Pinet: The Lip-Stinger of Languedoc

Ever wondered what happens when a team of drink enthusiasts unleash their creativity behind the bar? Since August 2023, we’ve embarked on a monthly journey where each member of our team selects or crafts their favourite drink to dazzle our guests. From Harrison’s fiery ‘Tiki Fire’ spectacle to Holly’s whimsical ‘Holly Jolly’ served in festive baubles, our team has left no stone unturned in the pursuit of mixology magic. But this month, it’s Alix’s turn to take the spotlight, and she’s steering us in a new direction with her pick: Picpoul de Pinet.

As avid wine enthusiasts, we couldn’t be more thrilled. While cocktails have been the star of our monthly showcases, Alix’s decision to shine a light on one of her favourite wines has sparked a new wave of excitement. Although we’re no strangers to Picpoul, having previously featured the likes of Villa Blanche Picpoul Noir, this particular gem has yet to grace our extensive wine list. 

Join us as we raise a glass to Alix’s choice and embark on a journey to the sun-kissed vineyards of Languedoc in southern France to uncover the delights of Picpoul de Pinet.

Unveiling the Essence:

When the first glass of Picpoul de Pinet is poured, you’ll marvel at its golden hue and delicate aroma of citrus fruits and acacia blossom which’ll transport you to the heart of the Mediterranean. And, with every sip, you’re greeted by a burst of flavours – the tangy notes of lemon, the crispness of green apple, and the zing of lime dancing on your palate. Picpoul de Pinet captivates with its bold acidity, bone-dry nature, and a lingering mineral finish that leaves a lasting impression. 

The Tale of Picpoul:

What’s in a name, you ask? Well, “Picpoul” translates to “lip stinger” or “stings the lip”, a fitting moniker for a wine that packs a punch of acidity and zing of citrus that leaves a delightful tingle on your lips. Unlike its counterparts, like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc, Picpoul de Pinet stands out with its distinct character and terroir. Cultivated from the Picpoul Blanc grape variety, known for its thin-skinned nature and high acidity, this wine embodies the essence of its Languedoc-Roussillon origins.

Age-Worthy Elegance:

In the world of wine, timing is everything. Picpoul de Pinet shines brightest when enjoyed in its youth, preserving its elegant, clean, and fresh profile. So, why wait? Unscrew a bottle and savour the vibrant flavours that await. Though, interestingly, some producers are experimenting with oak ageing or extended lees contact to create more complex and age-worthy expressions of the wine. 

Perfect Pairings:

Are you wondering what culinary delights to pair with this exquisite wine? Look to shellfish, or fried foods to find a match made in gastronomic heaven. We can suggest our popular fish and chips or our crispy salt and pepper squid when dining with us. Let Picpoul de Pinet’s crisp acidity cleanse your palate with every bite, leaving you excited for your next sip. 

Exploring Alternatives:

If you’re a fan of Pinot Grigio, Vinho Verde, or Sauvignon Blanc, allow us to introduce you to your new favourite: Picpoul de Pinet. These kindred spirits share similar grape varieties and flavour profiles, ensuring a seamless transition into the world of Languedoc’s finest. (While Pinot Grigio tends to be light and crisp with subtle fruit flavours, Vinho Verde is known for its slight effervescence and refreshing acidity. Sauvignon Blanc often showcases vibrant citrus and herbaceous notes. In contrast, Picpoul de Pinet stands out with its bold acidity, citrus-driven flavours, and unique mineral character). So, if you’re seeking a wine that combines the best of crisp acidity, vibrant fruit, and a sense of place, Picpoul de Pinet is sure to delight your palate.


In Conclusion:

In summary, Picpoul de Pinet is more than just a wine; it’s a sensory journey through the sun-drenched vineyards of Languedoc. With its citrusy flavours, floral aromas, and mineral finish, it captivates the senses and leaves a lasting impression. So, the next time you raise a glass of Picpoul de Pinet, remember: you’re not just drinking wine; you’re experiencing a taste of southern France’s vibrant terroir. Santé!