Picpoul

What is Picpoul?

  • Picpoul is a French grape originating in Southern France, in the Rhone
  • Also called Folle Blanche which is used to make Cognac and Armagnac
  • Picpoul means “The Lip Stinger” in English due to the acid
  • Pale lemon, straw in colour
  • Is one of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape varietals
  • Picpoul is a labour heavy grape, pruning, shoot thinning, etc

Where is Picpoul grown?

  • Only really grown in France
  • The Roussillon-Languedoc region is the main area where Picpoul is grown
  • Languedoc is a region where you can plant any grape you wish to
  • Mediterranean climate, South-East France
  • Specifically, in Etang de Thau, The Lake of Thau in English which is a seafood-rich lake between Picpoul de Pinet and the Mediterranean Area
  • Picpoul de Pinet is a major AOC region in France where it must be 100% Picpoul
  • This region has limestone soils, almost zero altitude, a lot of sunshine and moderate rainfall with cooling breezes from the sea which are salty in nature

What does Picpoul taste like?

  • Super high in acid, light to medium light-bodied
  • Very aromatic, apricot, peach, floral
  • Quite dry
  • Lots of citrus, orange, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit as well as apples and pears add to the crispness
  • Lots of minerality due to the chalky limestone soil
  • No oak
  • If you like Muscadet or Pinot Grigio you will like Picpoul

What food pairs well with Picpoul?

  • Summertime wine
  • Salty food
  • Anything that you would typically squeeze lemon over as has very high acid
  • Picpoul goes very well with fish & chips
  • Shellfish, oysters, scallops, etc
  • Dishes with cream sauce or high fat like a Charcuterie and cheese