What is Picpoul de Pinet? Is it the same as Piquepoul?
Prior to learning about wine, Picpoul (de Pinet) sat alongside Sancerre and Chablis as one of the three white wines that I knew was ‘good’ - whatever that meant. But what exactly is it?
Given it’s a French wine, Picpoul de Pinet is a place. It’s an AOC appellation that is part of the Languedoc region in the south of France.
That said, piquepoul is also a name of a grape. Piquepoul is commonly a white grape, but there’s a noir version available to, though it’s very rare.
White piquepoul tend to be full bodied, with citrus aromas. The best displays showing more depth with nuttiness and minerality.
Picpoul/piquepoul is great grape to delve into on a budget. Even the best rated displays can be bought for under £15.