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Picpoul (also known as Piquepoul) is an ancient white-wine grape variety of southern France, specifically the traditional and prolific Languedoc-Roussillon region. The name Pique-poul translates literally as 'stings the lip', and is a reference to the grape's naturally, mouth-wateringly high acidity.
Picpoul's most famous incarnation is in the white wines of the Picpoul de Pinet AOC that bears its name. It has traditionally been blended with another obscure Languedoc variety, Clairette (a name which is, in f ... more
The area covered by the appellation runs along the southern French coast, separated from the waves of the Mediterranean Sea only by the Bassin de Thau, a lagoon measuring 11 miles (18km) long and three miles (5km) wide. The Picpoul de Pinet title covers the communities of Pinet, Meze, Florensac, Castelnau-de-Guers, Montagnac and Pomerols (not to be confused with Bordeaux's Pomerol).
The climate here is obviously ... more
Coteaux du Languedoc was an appellation used from 1985 until 2012. It was replaced by the shorter, simpler 'Languedoc' appellation in 2007.
There was a five-year grace period until 2012, during which both titles existed side by side, but the Coteaux du Languedoc is now no longer a legal appellation title.
For information on the Languedoc appellation and its wines, see Languedoc.... more
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