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