2009 Domaine de Guillemarine Picpoul de Pinet

2009 Domaine de Guillemarine Picpoul de Pinet Price: $9.99 @ K&L Wines imported by Premier Wine Company

What They Said:

Per K&L Wines “Picpoul de Pinet is considered the “Muscadet” of the south. Grown just meters from the oyster beds of the Bassin de Thau, the wine marries perfectly with fish and shellfish. Picpoul (also known as Folle Blanche or Gros Plant) means “lip stinger,” which refers to the high acidity of its must. Great with oysters and seafood. This wine is crisp, but quite long and full with nice floral and mineral notes in the nose. Bracing acidity backs up a wine with surprising breed for this price point.”

What I Think:

First a bit on the varietal. Picpoul de Pinet is considered the “Muscadet” of the south and Picpoul means “lip stinger” in reference to the high acidity of these wines. This one shows papaya and lemon notes on the nose while hinting of effervescence (that never does come through) and a saline quality. The palate as expected shows a tight, racy acidity with a firm rocky, mineral backbone that displays notes of lemon and green apple flavors. The finish is the definition of refreshing; crisp, tart and lasting. For a wine with this much acidity I found it to be fuller of body and bright fruit flavors than expected. No doubt that the traditional pairing of oysters and seafood is right on for this one. For those looking for a new varietal to try this one will serve as an excellent (and affordable) introduction to Picpoul de Pinet.

Rating: Buy It

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3 thoughts on “2009 Domaine de Guillemarine Picpoul de Pinet

  1. For those that enjoy Picpoul de Pinet, the regular White in my house is
    Hugues Beaulieu P d P. This is actually the house white at The Inn @ Little Washington. A great value wine I find in Northern VA for around 7-8 bucks. Usually find it at Cost Plus World Market and Total wine.

  2. This one sounds like a real winner. I hadn’t had a Picpoul in awhile, and I forgot how intense the grape can be. The one I recently tried also struck me as a fantastic seafood pairing, and it stared down a spicy chicken dish with aplumb as well. Tight and racy is a great way to describe the acidity in this.

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