Montagnac, Picpoul De Pinet, Terres Rouges 2017 is a light, crisp, and delicately fruity house wine, made from the Picpoul grape, which flourishes in the Languedoc near the Mediterranean as nowhere else. The local fish and seafood, specifically the oysters from the nearby l‘Etang de Thau. Picpoul, also known as Folle Blanche or Gros Plant means ‘lip stinger’ which refers to the high acidity of its must. Fermented in stainless steel. Picpoul de Pinet is considered the Muscadet of the South.
Picpoul’s name literally translates to ‘lip stinger’, on account of its zingy acidity. This is often complemented by citrus and green fruit flavours, with aromas of blossom. More complex examples can display mineral or yeasty notes, too. It might be compared to Muscadet wines from the Loire Valley. In Languedoc, Picpoul de Pinet wines are often paired with local seafood like mussels and oysters, as its zesty acidity makes it a prime partner for seafood. A more contemporary pairing seen around restaurants this summer is Picpoul with fish and chips. Its high acidity can also cut through rich foods like cheese and charcuterie, or even desserts, making it a versatile wine for picnics.
“From a selection of plots with red soil surrounded by garrigue, this wine immediately charms with its intense and fresh aromas of spring flowers: acacia, hawthorn and broom. On the palate, it combines roundness and liveliness around tasty notes of white peach and offers a long finish full of dynamism. Intense and distinctive.” Hachette-vins
“Montagnac is the zone’s back-country co-op, but this wine proves that you don’t necessarily need the sound of waves lapping on the shore to make good Picpoul: there are leaf, apple and stone scents and flavours, with plenty of mouthwatering sheerness to them.” Andrew Jefford