Picpoul de Pinet is a rare white from France’s sunny south – and your exciting taste comes from Château Canet, one of the most respected domaines in the Minervois. Best-selling wine writer Oz Clarke says the name Picpoul means ‘lipstinger’ (which is hard to imagine for such a mild-mannered white), while locals claim it refers to the habit of local chickens (‘poules’) pecking fallen grapes off the ground. Either way, this delicious example is one of our favorite new finds.
“Brilliant value and zinging with lemony freshness … if you like white wine, you’ll love Picpoul de Pinet,” says Olly Smith. Picpoul
(pronounced ‘pick-pool’) is a white grape that grows in southern France’s Languedoc. And most unusually for France, it has its own appellation – Picpoul de Pinet AOC – located right near the seaside on the sunny Mediterranean coast.