Domaine Gaujal – Picpoul De Pinet – 2015 – AOP – Languedoc
Regulars of this blog will recall my passion for Picpoul De Pinet, such a special wine reflecting perfectly the terroir on which it is grown. If you are unfamiliar with this wine then let me tell you, you are missing out. The Picpoul grape is unusually lemon scented, it’s also a varietal grape – unusually for France, this means a single grape is used in the production.
The Picpoul grape is grown between Pezenas and the inland saltwater lakes, known as etangs – Domaine Gaujal founded in 1978 is situated on banks of the Etang de Thau, in the village of Pinet. The benefits of this are the wonderful climate of the Languedoc, coupled with Southern Facing Vineyards which are gently cooled by the sea breeze. This imparts a unique salty note to the refreshing lemon found in the Picpoul grape.
Domaine Gaujal is famous in Picpoul circles, not only has there been a Gaujal in Pinet since the mid 18th Century, but the wines produced by founder Ludovic and now his son Laurentare decorated with médailles d’Or (1983, 84, 85, 86, 89, 90) from Concours Général agricole de Paris.
To the eye this wine is reminiscent of pale gold, glistening in the Mediterranean sun. On the nose this wine is bursting with citrus fruit and apple, a quick slurp is rewarded with a crisp burst of citrus acidity, tempered gently with a mouthwatering zip of salinity, the finish is fresh and rounded with a clean finish.
This example of Picpoul de Pinet is superb, pairing perfectly with the local delicacy Huitres or Oysters. Conveniently these are farmed a mere cork throw away on the Etang de Thau. If you find yourself in the area, I would recommend nothing more pleasant than a plate of fresh Oysters washed down with a bottle of this wine. La Vie Parfait !