Boring Days and Picpoul de Pinet

Had a fairly boring day at the office[1], but we had a great wine last night!

To:                   Alleged Blog Readers
From:              WineEsquire
Date:               July 8, 2015
Wine:              2011 La Chapelle De La Bastide Picpoul de Pinet
Another delectable bottle for the archives. On the nose I get subtle notes of green grapes, peaches and pear. This is fruit forward[2] and medium-bodied, almost thick on the palate. I taste a lot of green grapes, the kind you eat, not the kind that turn into wine. The color is a gorgeous golden amber. There’s a citrusy sour IMG_7471finish that lingers just long enough. Maybe it has something to do with the temperature, but I’m not getting much in the way of legs. We popped this bottle in the freezer to get it chilled, but it turns out that’s not such a good idea,[3] so we switched to Plan B and stuck the bottle in an ice bath,[4] which worked rather well. We didn’t have much in the way of food, so Husband whipped up some omelets topped with fresh veggies sautéed in truffle oil and a dollop of sour cream. While a bubbly may have been nice with this meal, this was a satisfying accompaniment. No complaints from Wine Esquire!


Wine Dossier
We were first introduced to this bottle by Very Knowledgeable Lawyer Friend (“VKLF”) and her Semi-Sommelier Husband (“SSH”)[5]. They brought it over for dinner after we spent the day harvesting grapes at a local winery.[6] I picked up another bottle to enjoy again since it went down so well the first time around.

IMG_7473I actually couldn’t find much on this bottle as the producer doesn’t seem to have a website, and according to its distributor, the product is no longer available. Alas, several other wine bloggers have reviewed it and also found it enjoyable.

Picpoul, also known as Piquepoul, is a varietal grown in France’s Rhone Valley and Languedoc regions and comes in the form of both white and red grapes. The Picpoul grapes are one of only a select few varietals allowed in the blending of a Châteauneuf-du-Pape[7]. This bottle was made from 100% Languedoc Picpoul grapes.

This one has been on the wine rack for awhile, so I don’t know exactly how much I paid, but it’s available online for about $10. Give it a Google, order a bottle and let me know what you think!

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] Contract, contract, phone call, contract, phone call, contract.
[2] In case you were wondering, Fruit Forward, at least according to The IMG_7470Kitchn, means a wine that is “fruity and jam-packed with primary fruit flavors that prevail over anything else in the wine.” This wine fits the bill.
[3] Oops.
[4] In our coveted antique silver champagne bucket, a Christmas gift from Mother-In-Law.
[5] We owe them a debt of gratitude for all the great wines they’ve introduced us to.
[6] This is back breaking work and not at all romantic as I had anticipated.
[7] I have a nice one that’s been sitting on the wine rack. We’ll get to it eventually.

One thought on “Boring Days and Picpoul de Pinet

  1. Oh my – that champagne bucket, I’m in love! Gorgeous.

    Picpoul has just started being produced in McLaren Vale, I enjoy it as much as you do.

    Particularly the Coriole, while my feet are up on the stone wall at the edge of the garden at the Victory Hotel, watching the sun set over the ocean, while nibbling on garlic mushrooms.

    Do pop by and add your post to our #WINENOT Wine Lovers Linky Party, we’d love to have you!

    Cheers, Louise @

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