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Petit Roubie Picpoul de Pinet (75cl)

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Description

The undisputed match for fresh seafood.

A bright yet pale golden coloured Picpoul. So fresh and evocative of its maritime proximity. Wafts of sea-breeze mingle with delightful notes of citrus, appleskin and herbs. Hints of peach and exotic fruits make a fleeting appearance too. The palate is caressed at first by the gentle texture but is re-energised by the telling vibrant acidity on the finale. The excellent length of flavour is ample evidence of the Azan family attention to detail in the making of this wine. A white wine of genuine and authentic pedigree. Brilliant with seafood, especially shellfish.

Gold Medal – Millesime Bio 2019 (2018 vintage)

Taste

Ripe and vibrant, Sweet citrus

Aroma

Grapefruit, Keylime pie

Olivier and Floriane Azan, originally from a family of apple growers near Montpellier, made the move into growing vines back in 1981 with the purchase of the Château Petit Roubié estate, which then comprised just 15 hectares. Situated in the village of Pinet, overlooking the Etang de Thau, the domaine offers a range of organically produced wines but with focus on the distinctive and increasingly sought after Picpoul de Pinet (a southern French version of Muscadet - according to many commentators). Soils are mainly a classic clay/chalk mix. By 1995 Olivier had converted the entire estate production to organic viticulture and Petit Roubié was the first producer of organic Picpoul de Pinet. He now farms a total of 60 hectares of vines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tannat, Carignan and Sauvignon Blanc. It is the Picpoul, though, that dominates. The variety is ideally suited to the maritime terroir, reflecting its origins perfectly. Its style provides the ideal foil to the copious quantities of oysters and mussels that are farmed out of the Etang de Thau just a stone's throw away. The variety thrives here managing to retain its vibrant acidity even under torrid summer Mediterranean sunshine. Olivier's winemaking is meticulous but essentially uncomplicated, preferring not to resort to excessive oak influence. He aims to deliver authentic wines with honest, clean, pure flavours.

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  1. Great Wedding Wine!

    This is the white wine that I chose to serve at my wedding in 2014. It’s wonderfully fresh, and is very drinkable with or without food, making it just the job for a long sunny day.

    John – Vintage Roots Wine Advisor

  2. Perfect

    I think I tried Picpoul for the first time last summer, and ever since it has been my go-to wine for all occasions. It seems to go very nicely with all foods, but I can happily have a glass without any food. I’ve tried quite a few other Picpouls now, but I think this is my favourite.

    Downsview

  3. .

    I don’t know much about wine, but I know that this was excellent. The perfect white for me.

    Laurence

  4. Better than sauvignon

    I used to think Sauvignon Blanc was the best white wine, but this is even better! Yum

    tinydancer

  5. Very good

    Looks good and tastes good. Used to be in screwcaps which I preferred, but most recent order had corks. The wine is still excellent though 🙂

    Alex

  6. Excellent!

    This will now be my go to white! Very easy to drink, tastes fresh. Would go lovely with fish but totally enjoyed on its own without food. Highly recommend 🙂

    Naomi

  7. Quality

    Surprisingly good – the best English red I’ve ever tried.

    Savvy

  8. I’d love to know what English red Savvy was drinking in 2019.
    Dear VR please take this review out and put it where it should be.

    Amore (verified owner)

  9. Haven’t tried this wine type before. Enjoyed drinking this, lovely fresh taste.

    Alexis Dixon (verified owner)