Domaine Des Cadastres.
This 100% estate grown Picpoul de Pinet clearly demonstrates just how under-rated this variety is – and how much promise the 2012 vintage in France shows!
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Claude Jourdan runs this estate close to Meze, the oyster capital of Southwest France. The Domaine was started in 1983 by Claude’s mother and uncle, and some of the Grenache and Carignan vines date back to then. Much of Claude's outstanding Picpoul comes from 50 year old vines from her grandfather’s vineyard about 20 kilometres away.
The vineyard runs down to the Bassin de Thau lagoon, where oyster and mussel beds reminded us of Bantry Bay. This explains the superb affinity of her Picpoul de Pinet with shellfish. The moisture-laden breezes are perfect for growing grapes and keep the temperatures a good five or six degrees lower than vineyards only a kilometre away.
This cooling influence gives the grapes a chance to develop some complexity, and is one reason that Claude doesn't use oak for any of her wines. To do so would only mask their freshness and delicate fruit flavours. It also illustrates the importance of location and how regional wines often pair best with regional foods. Try this with oysters and test the theory for yourself.
"All of a sudden Picpoul has become fashionable. Escaping from a vinous backwater, Picpoul is transformed as Picpoul de Pinet, one of Languedoc's crus. Climate change may have something to do with it, but this citrussy mineral wine has bright acidity, making it perfect for summer days. The domaine is, for me, the top Picpoul de Pinet producer."
Domaine Felines Jourdan
The Cadastres vineyard is on the higher plateau of the appellation Picpoul de Pinet; here the vines overlook the Mediterranean sea. There is variety of different soils: white and chalky, red and gravelly. Altitude 50 meters. Like in Félines, the weather is the typical one of the appellation Picpoul de Pinet. Its the driest area of the Languedoc with only 600mm of rainfalls per year. The temperatures are middle, with gentle winter (days of frost are rare). The domaine is in Pomerols area.