Grape Of The Week: Picpoul

If you’re a fan of crisp white wines like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc, you’re going to love Picpoul! Also known as Piquepoul or Picapoll, Picpoul’s name is derived from “poule-piqueur,” which means hen-pick, a reference to chickens that peck at fallen grapes.

A mutation of Picpoul Noir, Picpoul Blanc originated in France and is mainly produced in Languedoc, although small amounts can be found in the United States. A high acid varietal, Picpoul tends to have notes of green apple, citrus blossom, lemon, thyme, and salinity, making it the perfect accompaniment to raw oysters, sushi, and fried calamari. 

Domaine la Grangette 'Poule de Pic' Picpoul de Pinet 2022

Domaine la Grangette Poule de Pic Picpoul de Pinet 2022

This charming, medium-bodied white comes from a 10 hectare plot of biodynamically farmed Picpoul grapes that were planted 14 years ago in clay/limestone soils. Zesty and bright, with hints of green apple, citrus, and white flowers, this wine is an ideal aperitif before a meal, but it will also partner fabulously with oysters and shellfish, bruschetta, and rice dishes.

Grape Photo Credit: Ursula Brühl, Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI), Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Institute for Grapevine Breeding Geilweilerhof - 76833 Siebeldingen, GERMANY