Cave de l’Ormarine Picpoul de Pinet La Font Francaise Blanc de Blancs, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

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“A flinty alternative to Muscadet or Gruner-Veltliner, or Pouilly Fume, Picpoul used to be cheap, and unusual to find outside France until a couple of years ago when it cropped up more frequently, particularly on gastro-pub wine lists. Prices rose as it became more popular until it neared £20 a bottle in places. It’s not that good and as I can still get it for 5Euros in France I won’t pay that. However, when the sun is shining and you have some seafood for lunch…” I wrote 3 months ago – so what to drink when in a gastro pub eating crab salad…?

Tasting notes: This is the fifth Picpoul de Pinet I’ve reviewed this year. Unlike the others it’s not from the behemoth Les Costieres de Pomerols co-operative! I reviewed Ormarine’s Picpoul available at Majestic back in May( In total they produce 8 different Picpoul wines and this was the best Picpoul I’ve tasted this year. A real ‘lip-stinger’ (as the name roughly translates), perfect with seafood, looking at the sea.

Region of Origin – Languedoc-Roussillon
Wine Colour – White
Price – £20
Where do I get it from? – Gastro pub winelists.
Current Vintage – 2016
Type of Closure – Natural cork
Bottle size – 750ml
Grape – 100% Picpoul
Country – France
Points – 93
Food Pairings: Went very well with dressed crab & salad.

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