Tournée du Sud, Picpoul de Pinet 2017

Tournée du Sud, Picpoul de Pinet 2017


A steely, poised dry white wine, showing a character of lemon peel and green apple and just a hint of cinnamon.

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Vintage - 2017

Country - France

Region - Languedoc-Roussillon

Grape Varieties - Picpoul Blanc 100%

Alcohol by volume - 12.5%

Bottle - 75cl

What a great concept - a Tour of the South of France - get out the vélo and let's join the touriste-routiers. But why be part of the peloton when you can attack from the front, and make wine which really matters and offer wine lovers liberté de choix? Hence, among the delights on offer here is a beautiful Picpoul de Pinet - the fish wine - a vivacious Grenache Blanc/Sauvignon Blanc blend and a quite beautiful and unusual Grenache/ Pinot Noir blend.

2017 saw the growing season start with a cool and wet winter. It was a challenging vintage in the Languedoc, notably due to spring frosts in April which damaged the vineyard and resulted in the smallest yield in memory. A warm summer helped to restore the vegetative cycle and hotter periods encouraged the berries to reach good maturity levels. The harvest was the earliest in recent years, with low yields, but quality levels high.

This wine was sourced from long-standing suppliers in Montignac, following exhaustive searching throughout the Languedoc during the spring and summer. Final tweaking of the blend by Steve Daniel and Beverly Tabbron MW took place in December and the wine was bottled in the winery in early March.

The grapes were harvested at optimal maturity levels and transported immediately to the winery where they were pneumatically pressed and the juice was cold settled. Fermentation took place with selected yeasts in temperature controlled stainless steel vats to preserve the freshness and aromatics of the Picpoul Blanc variety. The wine was rested on its fine lees to add subtle complexity.

A steely, poised dry white wine, with an aura of lemon peel and fresh acacia flowers on the nose. Great concentration on the palate, zingy acidity and unusual depth on the finish. Perfect as an apéritif or with shellfish, especially oysters, and pan-fried white fish and suits delicate sauces.