Picpoul de Pinet, AOC/AOP Picpoul de Pinet (elevated in 2013), Languedoc-Roussillon Region, Hérault, France, 2013
Picpoul translates as lip-stinger, owing to its high acidity. Screw cap closure, 12%, made for the Co-op, probably about £7
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean the nose, of medium intensity, youthful, with aromas of warm ripe russet apple, white grapefruit with an edge of lemon and perhaps a little cut grass.
Palate: a dry wine, with high acidity, a slightly gummy grip, medium alcohol and medium body, a smooth lightly oily texture, of medium intensity, with flavours of lightly bruised cooking apple, grapefruit and lemon pith. A medium (+) length with a clean crisp lemon pith finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, with refreshing acidity emphasizing the brisk green apple and citrus flavours, whilst remain perfectly balanced with the intensity. With a good length and crisp mouth-watering finish, this wine will keep for a year or two and not improve with cellaring.