Piquepoul Blanc: Reserve Sainte-Anne 2015 (France: Picpoul De Pinet)


Bottle Notes: Packed with refreshingly light and juicy citrus flavours. 13%. Ideal with seafood.

From: Faradays Restaurant, Nottingham.

Price: £20+ approx. (restaurant price)

Wildcard Says: This was a restaurant buy but I felt it deserved a proper review rather than just a News item as I sometimes do for restaurant visits. I had been hearing a lot about the up and coming Picpoul De Pinet from the Languedoc region and when I saw it on the wine list of a restaurant we had visited I jumped at the chance to sample a bottle. The bottle says serve between 6 and 8 degrees and ours came well chilled in an ice bucket which suited the wine. Very clear and slightly green in colour, the aroma is equally subtle with floral scents. On tasting there is a marked acidity, which would require the correct accompaniment, but this is not unpleasant and has citrus flavours a-plenty. A very refreshing wine for a hot summer’s day. This is being touted as the next Sauvignon Blanc and while I’m not sure it has the complexity or world appeal of that variety I am certainly impressed.

Would I Buy It Again?: Yes and I am keen to find some more examples from my usual suppliers.

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