Picpoul de Pinet wines are a breeze of effortless enjoyment amongst the delightfully puzzling system of French appellations. If only all old-world bottles were so easy to remember! Picpoul is the grape, Pinet the area, therefore the math couldn’t be easier: it’s Picpoul and it comes from Pinet.
The AOC’s full name is Languedoc Picpoul de Pinet, it’s located in the South of France and while surrounded by numerous areas known for bold, intense reds, it’s dedicated to white wines that are famous for being cheerful, summer-loving creations which pair remarkably well with shellfish and seafood.
Aigue Marine Picpoul de Pinet 2016 is a great example of what makes the style so appealing. Crisp and with a mouth-watering acidity, this wine will cut through an oyster’s briny flavours like a sharp, steely sword.
Aromas of citrus and a seawater-like minerality are complemented by a pleasant tangy palate of grapefruit and lemon peel. Light bodied and refreshing, it’s a friendly white wine with an edge.
If you enjoy Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio or Albarinos, give Picpoul a chance before the summer ends!
Aigue Marine Picpoul de Pinet 2016 is available at O’Briens Wine for €15.95 (on offer, buy one, get the second at half price).
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.