The Wine of the Week
by Annette Tomei
2012 Domaine Reine Juliette, Picpoul de Pinet Terres Rouges, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Picpoul de Pinet is an AOC designated region within the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France where all wines are made from the grape Picpoul. This is an ancient grape whose name roughly translates to lip biting, which refers to its high level of acidity in this refreshing white. The Picpoul grape has survived unscathed for centuries, including through those in which the root louse phylloxera decimated many of Frances premier wine regions – this is thanks to its preference for sandy soils and phylloxera’s dislike of the same.
Domaine Reine Juliette (supposedly named for Queen Juliette during a royal visit) is located in the community of Pomerols along the southernmost side of the A9 which follows the ancient Roman road, Via Domitia across the southernmost part of France – In Roman times, this was the primary route from Italy to Spain.
This wine is a classic example of its varietal and terroir. It’s a fantastic choice for a hot summer day and pairs well with seafood (especially crustaceans) and salads. The minerally citrus aromas carry a whiff of ocean breeze. The tartness and astringent grapefruit and white pepper flavors leave a clean dry finish.
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