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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.
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This shows a rich, inviting nose of green apple, nettle and a delicate minerality, topped off with a just a hint of sea breeze. Fresh and generously fruity on the palate, the green apple persists with accompanying notes of pear, grass and citrus. Very clean and fresh, the finish is very moreish and would be the perfect accompaniment to a plate of oysters.
Bottle 12 x 75cl