Synopsis, Our Opinion: EXCELLENT Picpoul that’s a GREAT value.
Producer/Winery: Gérard Bertrand; Narbonne, France.
Grape Variety: Picpoul
Geographic Appellation: Picpoul de Pinet; Languedoc-Roussillon, France.
Price: $13.50 (with a 10% mixed case discount)
Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Paired With: Chicken pesto quiche, garden salad with romaine, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, tomatoes, onions and dressed with olive oil and black raspberry vinegar.
He said: Chilled before drinking. Crystal clear with a glycerin like appearance that was almost colorless, just the tiniest shade of wheat straw color. Light lemon and floral aromas. Medium body, but with wonderful crisp, dry salty taste accompanied by slightly tart citrus and peach flavors that continued through a very long almost bitter finish. GREAT pairing with the rich, strong flavors in the quiche and delightful drinking alone after the dinner. As it warmed up the aromas became more pronounced and the flavors became more crisp and citrus. I liked the wine more and more with each pour. In the end it was a unique fresh and lively white wine that was very delicious. I’d describe it as an EXCELLENT crisp white wine that was dominated by citrus and a fresh sea breeze.
She said: Clear, pale straw color, irregularly spaced thick plotting legs. Don’t Chill this wine too much as it is at its best when at room temperature. The first sniff of the cold wine was disappointing, but as the wine warned the aroma became more distinct and citrusy. It was an excellent set up for stony flavors that hit the palate, complemented by a dry, acidic mouth-feel and a medium body. The long finish was flavorful and ended with a taste of rich tartness. The wine went well with both the quiche as well as with the salad, a big plus in my book because I eat a lot of salad and I like a wine to sip with salads. At $13.50 this is bargain wine and a great one to pair with a dinner that can use a bit of acidity.
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Closure: Screw cap.
UPC Code: 8 9454 00299 2
Imported by: USA Wine West; Sausalito, California.
Photo from Gérard Bertrand.