Picpoul de Pinet Wine
We first tasted Picpoul de Pinet at Le Phare restaurant near Montpellier in February 2004 as the guests of the then mayor of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Jean-Pierre Boisson. We had never heard of this local speciality at the time but it must have made a favourable impression as we listed an excellent example from Domaine Gaujal the following year. Today, Picpoul de Pinet enjoys a widespread following on these shores but at the time it was at the forefront of the cutting edge and we felt like we were claiming new ground.
The Gaujal family have been vinifying wine at Pinet on the border of the Bassin de Thau since 1744 and specialise in producing wines from the local Piquepoul grape that make for uplifting aperitifs or partners to the local seafood. Current patron Laurent Gaujal is the eleventh generation of his family to practice viticulture and his 'Ludovic Gaujal' bottling is a classic of the genre. With a pale straw colour, ozone fresh bouquet and zesty, citrus-edged palate offset by fresh acidity, it drinks well from release but can mature nicely over a couple of years after vintage.