Domaine Julie Benau - Picpoul de Pinet 2020 750ml (13.5% ABV)

Domaine Julie Benau - Picpoul de Pinet 2020 750ml (13.5% ABV)

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100% Picpoul from the very talented Julie Benau.

(Picpoul translates to "lip-stinger" due to the lip-smacking acidity of this varietal)

-extended lees aging

-practicing organic

Unlike many in the region, Benau only uses estate fruit and does not sell any of her grapes to a co-op.

-minerality & salinity, think a breeze off the Mediterranean, with ripe orchard fruit, nice body and mid-palate texture. Dry and delicious, this really impressed us at one of our recent tastings, more complex than expected at this price point - think Sancerre or Pouilly Fume.

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Picpoul de Pinet is an appellation composed of 6 communes in front of the bay of Thau, near Sète between Bezier and Montpellier. The land is rich with rocky soil and hillsides producing sunny and noble wine. The vineyards are planted only with Picpoul, which Jancis Robinson says comes from “pique poul” meaning “lip stinger” due to the high acidity in the grapes. James Wilson disputes this and suggests that piquepoul is in fact another name for the Folle Blanche of Armagnac and Cognac – another ‘lip stinging’ grape. In any case, Picpoul is known for its high acidity and since at least the 17th century it was blended with Clairette to give that grape some spine. All of the vineyards in Picpoul de Pinet share a southern exposition, are sheltered by inland hills from the NW wind, enjoy lots of sunshine and the moderation of summer heat by humid ocean breezes.