September 2020 Wine Club White

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Picpoul de Pinet is a crisp white wine made from the ancient Picpoul grape in Languedoc-Roussillon in Southwest France. The grape grows near the Étang de Thau, a string of lagoons that stretch from the coast to the Pyrénées. It only became an appellation in 2013. It is currently one of the most popular white wine varietals in Europe.

Gérard Bertrand is considered one of the outstanding winemakers in the South of France, where he owns numerous estates among the most prestigious crus of Languedoc-Roussillon. Named in 2012 as the International Wine Challenge Red Winemaker of the Year and Wine Enthusiast’s European Winery of the Year, he is known locally as the “King” of the Languedoc. Brought up in the Languedoc vineyards, Gérard Bertrand is committed to sharing the characteristics and exceptional diversity of each of the terroirs. Twenty years of know-how ensures that wines bearing Gérard Bertrand’s signature have a unique style driven each day by four fundamental values: excellence, authenticity, conviviality, and innovation.

This wine is made from 100% Picpoul Blanc grapes grown in limestone soils. At the height of maturity the fruit is handpicked, grapes are de-stemmed and the must is cold racked. Fermentation is carried out at a cool temperature of 16°C. The wine is then aged on its lees for approximately six months to give the wine added depth and character.

The resulting wine is pale gold in color with green tints. The nose is complex and full of citrus and floral notes of white peach, exotic fruit and a hint of pineapple. The palate is robustly rich with zesty fruit and livewire acidity which keeps your taste-buds tingling. The finish is long and well rounded.

Picpoul literally translates to “lip stinger” and its zingy acidity makes it a perfect match for shellfish and sea food.

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