This is an update to reflect that Sainsbury’s have changed the label on this wine. This is purely aesthetic – the contents are exactly the same. Is it a better label? Yes – the old one was dark and dull; this one signposts the wines suitability as an accompaniment to shellfish, particularly oysters. This is good wine – but I never have it with oysters as I’m afraid I cannot bare them, despite a few expensive attempts at acquiring the taste, most memorably in a swanky bistro in Paris, when I had to admit defeat. This is the ubiquitous supermarket Picpoul de Pinet: ‘ubiquitous’ because they pretty much all stock the identical wine from the same co-operative producer, Les Costieres de Pomerols.
Tasting notes: Initial nose of green apples and citrus. Fresh & refreshing. Green apples and lemon and lime notes. Balanced acidity, this wine works best with food. Short finish, little intensity, little complexity, but good summer drinking.
Region of Origin – Languedoc, Southern France
Wine Colour – White
Price – £8
Where do I get it from? – Sainsburys.
Current Vintage – 2019
Type of Closure – Screwcap
Grape – 100% Picpoul (or Piquepoul… or Picapoll)
Verdict– Good wine for the money
Food Pairings: Summer Salmon or chicken & tarragon. Excellent with shellfish.