Grape(s): 100% Picpoul
Localization: Languedoc-Roussillon - Coteaux du Languedoc, France
Tasting Notes: The color is a superb pale yellow with bright hues. The nose is elegant, with aromas of fresh fruit and citrus fruit especially grapefruit. Well-balanced with typical focusing and zesty acidity. A pure expression of the grape varietal, the wine shows how good Picpoul can be when grown on its favorite terroir.
Notes: Grapes are harvested at night at perfect maturity (13.5 degrees ). Juice protected against oxidation. Pneumatic pressing and selection of free-run juice under inert gas. Cold settling for 48 hours at 8 degrees C. Temperature-controlled fermentation (15 degrees C). Four months on fine lees in stainless steel tanks with frequent stirring. No maloactic fermentation.
Food pairing: It will complement a vast array of dishes such as Asian cuisine, sushi, spicy fare and all sorts of seafood and grilled fish. Enjoy!
The Domain: Founded in 1932, this Cave Coopérative is located in the top commune of Pomérols, between the garrigue of Pezenas and the sea dominated by the Mont St Clair in Sete. The co-op merged with the Cave de Castelnau de Guers in 2003 and the Cave of Mèze in 2007, and it includes 350 members. The company employs 28 people and produces an average of 8 million bottles (666,666 9-liter cases).
The property features 3 main buildings – one for bottling/packaging, a second where white wines are vinified, and the third & newest building is where red & rosé wines are made. They have an underground cave for barrel aging with 300 oak barrels.
The members control 2,100 hectares (5,189 acres) of vineyard land, of which 450 hectares (1,112 acres) are Picpoul de Pinet. The Pomerols vineyards stretch over vast sun-light terraces with clay/calcareous soils. They produce Piquepoul, Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Terret, Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan. Production is 54% white, 28% rosé and 18% red.