Picpoul is rapidly becoming one of the most popular selections on UK wine lists. When this trend takes place, as it did with the likes of pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc, our drinking senses must be honed and up to the challenge of spotting the rotters!
The 2013 Les Girelles Picpoul de Pinet, made by Jean-Luc Colombo falls into the category of "very good drop". Served chilled it has a refreshing stoniness that is a real joy. It goes brilliantly with anchovy fillets in olive oil, with mixed plates of tapas style vegetables. Light scented floral aromas give way to rapier acidity hints of apple and pear. Drink on a hot day or, as Autumn approaches, with a large spread of oysters in front of you.
Great Value: Picpoul de Pinet, Les Girelles 2013
Stockists: Oddbins, Lay & Wheeler, Field and Fawcett, The Halifax Wine Company, The Leamington Wine Company, Dunedin Wines, Fountainhall Wines, Famous Wines, Bacchus Wines, Islington Wine
By Nick Breeze
“Farther down the river are the vineyards of Coteaux de la Loire, mostly on the north bank, where the best surround the little town of Savenniéres. The wines are drier than those of Layon, very high in alcohol, and very slow in maturing.” Alexis Lichine, 'Wines of France', Pub. Cassell & Co Ltd. 1952
Part 1: Wine Flights, Angers and the Apocalyptic Frog
At a recent bbq in south west London a fellow guest asked me if I had any good suggestions for a short spell break amongst the vines where he could relax with his wife and new born, whilst exploring vinous and cultural pleasures. Herein lies my answer (part 1 anyway!):
A tasty benchmark Côte de Beaune Village from a trusted producer. This wine from the Côte d’Or has lovely aromas of cherry and and other forest fruits. To taste it has a good acidic bite which is perfect for classic rustic French servings of cheese and pate.
Very enjoyable and perfect for dinner parties or charcuteries.
Stockists: Majestic, NISA, Constantine Stores, Bacchus Wine, Noble Green Wines, Village Wines (Amersham), Cotswold Vintners, Eagle Wines, Partridges of Sloane Street, www.winedirect.co.uk
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