Episode 43: The Lip Stinger - Picpoul Blanc

Episode 43: The Lip Stinger - Picpoul Blanc

In this episode, we explore yet another one of our favorite white wines Picpoul or Piquepoul. No matter how you spell it, it is known for its mouth-watering streak of acidity. 

Pop Some Bottles: 

Picpoul de Pinet Bottle

H.B. Picpoul de Pinet, Les Costieres de Pomerols 2022 

Picpoul Origins 

Picpoul or Piquepoul is an ancient varietal predominantly grown in the south of France. It is believed to have originated in the Languedoc region of Southern France, where it is still grown today. Records from the early 17th century indicate that it was blended with Clairette (another white rhone varietal) to form the popular sweet Picardan wines (not to be confused with the Chateauneuf-du–pape variety of the same name) which was exported by Dutch wine traders from Languedoc throughout the Northern Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. 

Picpoul Blanc, Rosé or Noir? 

It is usually made in its white wine form, though there is also a Picpoul Gris and a Picpoul Noir. But, Picpoul blanc is the most common form planted and produced. The name means “lip-stinger” as it is well known for its bold citrus flavors, coupled with racy acidity, which makes this bright white a welcome addition to any white blend.

Picpoul Tasting Notes and Food Pairing

So, if you like a tangy Gruner Veltliner or a crisp Chablis then you should make Picpoul an addition to your wine cellar. Its bold citrus flavors, mouth-watering acidity, make the wine a cousin to Sauvignon Blanc, and not surprisingly, an excellent companion to all types of seafood, especially oysters. Other pairings include pork, cream-based sauces, and Japanese food. So next time you are in search of the perfect refreshing white put down the Sauvignon Blanc and pick up your new friend Picpoul.

Listen Now For More Info

In this episode we also talk more about where Picpoul is grown, how it made its way to California and a deep dive into a French wine region known for this grape and for many other interesting things. 

Grab a glass of your favorite lip-smacking wine and join us. Cheers!

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