Picpoul de Pinet, Domaine Gaujal, 2016
Owning 30 hectares of vines close to the Étang de Thau, this long established (since 1744), family-run domaine can claim six generations of accumulated ‘savoir-faire’. Combining the family wisdom with the cooling effect of the nearby étang (a coastal saltwater lagoon), proximity to the city of Montpellier (famous for its oyster farms) and modern temperature-controlled vinification, brings a wonderful freshness to Laurent Gaujal’s wines. Of the total vineyard holdings, Laurent owns 12 hectares of Picpoul farmed using traditional methods. The wine he produces from these vines rightly claims pride of place in his range, using 100% Picpoul Blanc with an average age of 45 years, grown on soils containing a mix of 54% pure limestone, the rest being calcareous clay. The name Picpoul derives from the French “Picque”, meaning sharp, and poul, meaning lips, translating as “lip stinger”.
The tangy Picpoul de Pinet ‘Puech Claude’ Domaine Gaujal 2016 has a delicious saline minerality, citrus and green apple notes, making it the perfect pairing with seafood and oysters and a fantastic aperitif.
Grape: 100% Picpoul de Pinet