Zazou – Picpoul de Pinet; Languedoc, France; 2022 

 June 5, 2024

By  rackhouse

Picpoul (Piquepoul) de Pinet was first mentioned in the literature in 1618, but the variety is undoubtedly older than that.  Zazou Picpoul is produced by the Cave de l’Ormarine, which dates its origin to the original association of 53 growers who came together in 1922 to focus on the Picpoul grape and improve the quality of the region’s wines.  Granted VDQS status in 1954, it was elevated to AOC Picpoul de Pinet in 1985.  Today, the AOC includes some 1400 hectares of vineyard just inland from the Thau Lagoon around the village of Pinet, in east-central Languedoc just inland from the Mediterranean. 

The vineyards of Picpoul lie on a limestone plateau basking in the rising sun, covered with perfumed garrigue, and scattered pine groves.  Zazou comes from pure limestone soils on a slope open to the Mediterranean’s warm breezes.

Fruit is selected in the vineyard and then again in the cellar. Grapes are harvested at night to preserve the freshness and fruity aromas, then cold macerated, fermented at low temperature, and stored in thermo-regulated vats prior to filtration and bottling on the estate.

The wine pours a light yellow and bright with greenish highlights. The nose jumps out with white peach and citrus. There is liveliness and balance on the palate opening up to delicate citrus notes and a typical varietal finish with great acidity.

Its freshness and unique acidity will pair well with any salty fare such as shellfish, seafood, and grilled fish. It is a perfect match with oysters.  It will also pair well with strong cheeses and charcuterie.

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