Picpoul de Pinet ‘La Font Française’ Ormarine 2017

Picpoul used to be cheap, and unusual to find outside France until a few years ago when it cropped up more frequently, particularly on gastro-pub wine lists. Prices rose as it became more popular. My most read article of all time with hundreds of views, is Sainsbury’s Baron de Guers Picpoul de Pinet which is…

Paul Mas Sparkling Picpoul Chardonnay

When he started out in the late 1990s, Mas set out to make wines to export: “Selling wines to the French is like trying to sell hamburgers to the Americans.”  Consequently, he exports, to 58 countries, 97 per cent of the 20 million bottles he produces annually. An alternative to Prosecco, this wine appeals because of…

Picpoul de Pinet, Ormarine

A flinty alternative to Muscadet, Gruner-Veltliner or Pouilly Fume, Picpoul used to be cheap, and unusual to find outside France until a few years ago when it cropped up more frequently, particularly on gastro-pub wine lists. Prices rose as it became more popular. My most read article, with hundreds of views, is Sainsbury’s Baron de…

Picpoul de Pinet, Oramarine

A flinty alternative to Muscadet, Gruner-Veltliner or Pouilly Fume, Picpoul used to be cheap, and unusual to find outside France until a few years ago when it cropped up more frequently, particularly on gastro-pub wine lists. Prices rose as it became more popular. My most read article, with a few hundred views, is Sainsbury’s Baron…

Picpoul de Pinet – Baron de Guers

This is the Sainsbury’s offering; is it better than Waitrose or Tesco? No – because it’s the identical wine as the other two from the same co-operative producer, (but with a different label) but can be bought for £5.60 at Tesco… Tasting notes: Fresh & refreshing, very good summer drinking. Green apples and lemon and…

Picpoul de Pinet – Tesco Finest

In the Loire valley is known as Gros Plant, in Spain (esp Catalonia) as Picapoll. This is good summer drinking. This is the new label for Tesco’s offering; is it better than Waitrose? Well yes… and no. No because it’s the identical wine from the same co-operative producer, but with a different label. And yes…

Hen Pecked Picpoul de Pinet

Waitrose sell this under their own label but it’s available widely and has been for years. The name isn’t a bad attempted pun, but refers to the way that chickens in the vineyards like to eat any fallen grapes. We feed our chickens any over-ripe grapes, strawberries etc, so I can believe this. Picpoul is…

Ormarine Picpoul de Pinet

Tasting Notes: 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….