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Domaine de Belle Mare, Picpoul de Pinet 2020 (1x75cl)

Country: France
Region: Languedoc Roussillon
Grape Variety: Picpoul
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 13.5%
Availability:9 in stock for same working day dispatch when ordered by 12pm
Further stock available in 5-10 days
Product Code: FRLR0009B20S
£9.95

Exel note: Honestly, we're not massive fans of Picpoul. There's a lot of very iffy Picpoul out there: oily, acidic and poorly made. This one we really liked - it has density/body, concentration of flavour and drinkability even without food: it's really rather likeable.

The 2018 vintage was awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter in their April 2019 panel tasting of the Picpoul de Pinet (see blue link below).

Domaine de Belle Mare Picpoul de Pinet 2018 - April 2019 Decanter review

Along the Mediterranean, at the bottom of the Gulf of Lion, the Picpoul de Pinet terroir extends around the Thau Basin, in the middle of the Agde-Pézenas-Sète triangle over 1300 hectares. This is the largest white wine region in Languedoc. Their plot is located in the south of the appellation, bordering Lake Thau, on rather poor soil covered with lime concretions.

The climate here is tempered by marine mists and breezes. This marine influence is extremely important as it plays the role of a heat accumulator that limits daily temperature swings, namely the temperature rising during the day and falling at night. Picpoul is an old Languedoc grape variety that has been found on the banks of Lake Thau for many hundreds of years; this late-ripening grape variety, planted in a dry climate, takes advantage of the humidity of the late season to complete its maturation.

For a little more detail, see the data sheet from the producers themselves.

Domaine de Belle Mare Picpoul De Pinet 2019 - fiche technique

100% Picpoul.

Picpoul matures very slowly. It is usually picked in late September/early October, after the red varieties. This wine has a brilliant, pale yellow colour with green hues. The aromas are very fresh on the nose, with delicate white flowers (aubepine). The palate is lively and fresh with zesty lemon flavours. It then finishes on a mineral and salty note. An ideal partner to shellfish, grilled fish and sushi.