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Picpoul can trace its history back to the 17th century when, along with Clairette, it was the basis of the then hugely popular Picardan that was exported from the Languedoc to Northern Europe. Its plantings dwindled after the onslaught of phylloxera at the end of the 19th century as growers resorted to hardier and more disease resistant grapes. Picpoul Noir is one of the 13 permitted grape varieties for Châteauneuf-du-Pape but in practise is rarely used - by 1990 there were a mere 200 hectares of Picpoul Noir vines left in France.
Picpoul Blanc has fared better, being the grape behind Picpoul de Pinet, one of the named Crus of Côteaux du Languedoc. It produces crisp, citrussy wines with subtle mineral and nutty overtones. Domaine Felines Jourdan is one of the best producers in Pinet.
A spicy and floral nose, distinctive and with echoes of gun flint, aniseed and fennel. En bouche, crisp but balanced acidity, mineral notes and a surprisingly broad texture.. The 2014 vintage is especially successful, it marriage of oyster shell, pebbles and almost a hint of honey crying out for fruits de mer, grilled fish and, when in season, asparagus. The Basin De Thau is located to the South-West of Montpellier, on the road to Béziers. The Jourdan family farm 38 hectares of Picpoul de Pinet , an aromatic variety which has found its natural home in sandy gravely soils,centred on both the eponymous village of Pinet and the old town of Montagnac. The etymology of the grape variety gives a clue to the style; ‘pique’ implying the crispness and firmness, ‘poule’, rather more tangentally, hinting at soft and maternal qualities. This Mediterranean appellation, with its beautiful countryside and fantastic wild-life has forged a strong reputation for this variety, in some ways similar to the Albarino in Galicia. Simon Field MW, Wine Buyer
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