On 14 February 2013, the 47 members of the INAO (the French regulatory wine board) voted to recognise Picpoul de Pinet as an AOC in its own right. The “Picpoul de Pinet” denomination was originally classified as a V.D.Q.S. in 1954, and then promoted into the AOC Coteaux du Languedoc category in 1985.
The new AOC covers 2,400 ha in the Castelneau de Guers, Florensac, Méze, Montagnac, Pinet and Pomerols municipalities. Average production reaches between 60 to 55 hl per hectare according to the new technical specifications agreed by INAO. In 2012 the appellation produced more than 70,000hl, of which 40% was aimed for export markets.
Stretching along the Thau basin and facing the Mediterranean’s Golfe de Lyon, the AOC is the largest white wine producing area in the Languedoc. The vineyards benefit from Mediterranean climate conditions and produce a dry white wine considered to be a great match for seafood.
Source(s):Midi Libre / Vitisphere / Rayon Boisson
See our wine list for:
Picpoul de Pinet ‘Duc de Morny’
Picpoul de Pinet, l’Enfant Terrible.