Picpoul de Pinet Wine
We were first introduced to the Languedoc speciality of Picpoul de Pinet by Jean Pierre-Boisson at 'Le Phare' seafood restaurant in Pavalas-les-Flots on 16th of February 2004 (a Monday). Veteran vigneron Jean-Pierre was then the long-serving mayor of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and a senior representative of one of France's largest agricultural trade unions. He was sporting the insignia of his Légion d'Honneur to boot and positively exuded gravitas. Accompanying the freshest of oysters straight out of the Basin de Thau, it was a revelation and we resolved to keep our palates primed for a worthy example to add to our inventory. Happily, in 2005 we managed to gain an audience at Domaine Gaujal in Pinet and have been shipping the estate's wines in increasing volumes ever since.
The principal 'Domaine Gaujal' bottling is a classic of the appellation with a pale straw hue, citrus zest scents and an ozone-fresh palate underscored by a nervy minerality. Bring on the bivalves!