Les Granges, 2017

Domaine de Belle Mare

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Winemaster's View

A welcome return for this wine from coastal Languedoc. An unusual blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino and, local favourite, Picpoul gives lots of freshness, intensity and a touch of saltiness to the palate. Generous in the mouth, there is good body here and a lovely zesty, tangy finish. Straight Picpoul can be a bit one-dimensional yet this is long, complex and finishes with a lovely herbal edge. - Andy Howard MW

About the Wine

Picpoul de Pinet is a very trendy, popular white wine from down by the Mediterranean Sea, close to Narbonne and Perpignan in the south east of France. Picpoul (also known as Piquepoul) has developed as the perfect match for the abundant fish and shellfish that are abundantly available here. Picpoul used to be seen as an alternative to Muscadet but has now firmly established itself in its own right. Perhaps the best combination is with moules marinieres, farmed in the growing beds just offshore from the town of Sète, and within sight of the many seafront restaurants where Picpoul is consumed in great quantities. No oak is used in order to keep the wine vibrant and fresh with a salty tang to go with the bright lemon fruit character.

The Belle Mare Estate stretches over 68 hectares around Thau Lake. 55 hectares are planted with vines according to a planting scheme that is typical of the Languedoc region: the famous Piquepoul, Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah.

Their Piquepoul vineyard is located in the south of the appellation, bordering Lake Thau, on rather poor soil covered with lime concretions. The climate here is tempered by marine mists and breezes. This marine influence is extremely important as it plays the role of a heat accumulator that limits daily temperature swings, namely the temperature rising during the day and falling at night.

Works well with

Wines from this part of south-eastern France are designed to go perfectly with the local seafood. So, try this with oysters, some pan-fried scallops or with chargrilled tiger prawns.

The weight, freshness and intensity of the wine makes it the perfect aperitif as well.

Summary

Name Les Granges
Producer Domaine de Belle mare
Year 2017
Grapes
Piquepoul 35%, Sauvignon Blanc 35%, Vermentino 30%
Region Languedoc
Country France
Colour White
ABV 13.5%
Volume 750ml (Full bottle)

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