The wine consists of 100% Picpoul (or Piquepoul) - a very popular, traditional local variety planted on sun-drenched hillsides called "costières" (coastal region) in the Mediterranean garrigue, near the Etang de Thau - a coastal lagoon situated between the port of Sète and Marseillan. The vines are 15-20 years old.
The garrigue is the name given to open scrubland made up of low-growing, dwarf bushy shrubs including holm oak, juniper, broom and wild herbs such as rosemary, thyme and sage.
Pale yellow color with green tints. Fresh and fine aromas of grapefruit and exotic fruit. Lime flavors, with typical focusing acidity, are hallmarks of Picpoul. Our best value, this wine impresses novices and hardened geeks equally.
|Vintage:||2018||Grape Varietals:||100% Picpoul|
Grapes are harvested at night at perfect maturity (13.5°). Juice protected against oxidation. Pneumatic pressing and selection of free-run juice under inert gas. Cold settling for 48 hours at 8°C. Temperature-controlled fermentation (15°C). No malolactic fermentation.
Known as "the Muscadet of the South" in France, this is to the Mediterranean coast of France what Albariño is to northwest Spain...the default wine for fresh shellfish & seafood.
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|F1AA227120PPS||3.0L||4||Bag-in-Box||7 84585 00731 8||1 07 84585 00731 5||$34.00|
"THE ONLY WINE YOU SHOULD BE DRINKING WITH SEAFOOD IS PICPOUL DE PINET
One of the best white summer quaffers in the world of wine costs $10 and is probably sitting lonely on the bottom shelf in the French section of your local wine shop, tall, slender and green, filled with thirst-quenching awesomeness waiting to be snatched up and guzzled down. That wine is Picpoul de Pinet and it’s time to get acquainted with this playful Mediterranean."
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"Zesty freshness on the nose is mirrored on the palate - a steely, bracing, classic Picpoul with a delightful touch of nuttiness on the long finish."
- Decanter World Wine Awards 2019, Bronze Medal
"The 2017 Picpoul Pinet H.B. Languedoc is brought up all in tank. This terrific Picpoul offers lots of citrus, mineral, and white flower aromas, medium body, bright acidity, and a clean, dry, crisp finish. It's well worth checking out and ideal as a house white. Drink up."
- Jeb Dunnuck (March 27th 2019), 90 pts
"The leading Picpoul in the US, according to importer Fran Kysela, the 2017 Picpoul de Pinet HB displays fresh aromas of lime zest and grapefruit. It's a light-bodied, zippy rendition of the variety, with some attractive melon and citrus notes on the finish. It's a great bargain for slurping down alongside oysters. - Joe Czerwinski"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Interim end of September, September 2018 ), 89 pts
"This old-vine cuvée (its members own 450 ha, so Beauvignac has plenty to choose from) is about as sappy and ripely green as Picpoul can get: springtime in liquid form, without much glycerol, majoring on ripe acidity and with a stony, pungent finish."
- Decanter (March 2017), 90 pts
"The 2016 Picpoul de Pinet Hugues Beaulieu is about as quaffable and easy drinking as they come, showing lots of citrus and melon fruit, a hint of mint, medium body and a juicy, clean finish. It delivers exactly what you want from a Picpoul de Pinet. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #230, April 2017), 88 pts
"Saline and lemony, this is ready for a platter of raw seafood or herb-rich tabouli."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (30th Anniversary Issue, October 2016), The Best for $10 or less 2016
"Full of lime, spice and acidity, this crisp white is made entirely of the piquepoul grape variety, and hails from the Picpoul de Pinet appellation. It made for a refreshing aperitif that would also go well with oysters and sushi.!"
- Michael Austin, Chicago Tribune (October 2016)
"A delicious Picpoul that just scream for a hot summer say (or a plate of oysters), the 2015 Picpoul de Pinet H.B. offers lots of salty minerality, bitter citrus and hints of rose petal in a medium-bodied, juicy, clean and refreshing style. Buy multiple bottles and enjoy over the coming summer months!"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #224, April 2016), 89 pts
"Lemony and briny, this is ready for a plateau de fruits de mer enjoyed at a seaside café."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (June 2016), 88 pts - BEST BUY - Year's Best Languedoc-Roussillon
"This has a supple texture, layered with creamed apple, citrus and peach flavors. Accents of almond skin, green fig and oyster shell add appeal through the savory, spicy finish. Drink now. 120,000 cases made. –GS"
Wine Spectator (December 31st 2015), 87 pts + BEST VALUE
"The 2013 La Petite Frog Picpoul De Pinet begins with very pleasant aromas of green apple, pear, lemon, lime, a little nectarine and honeysuckle. Tasting the wine reveals it is true to its name with great acidity. The wine is light to medium-bodied but full of flavor with deep, rich, tart fruit like zesty citrus, peach and more nectarine and lemon/lime notes. It ends crisply with a dry mouthwatering finish. At only $24 for a box (the equivalent of $6 a bottle), this little frog will have you jumping for joy!"
- Reserve Wine Snob (October 28th 2014, see article HERE), Bulk Buy
"Steel gray color. Lively aromas and flavors of nectarine, white pineapple, lemon blossom, and limestone with a silky, racy, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of lemon, lime, tart apple, and pear with no tannins and no oak. Electric from start to finish with limestone, lush pineapple and nectarine that dances on your tongue thanks to the on the verge of over the top acidity."
- Beverage Testing Institute (August 25th 2014), 92 pts + Best Buy
"From a coop of some 450 growers just southeast of Pézenas, this is fresh and lively, with ruby-red grapefruit flavors and zesty acidity. For anything from the sea."
Top 100 + Value of the year + Best Buy
Wine & Spirits Magazine (June 2013), 88 pts
"The green apple and white cherry flavors are backed by vibrant acidity in this fresh and spicy white. Currant and gooseberry notes linger on the finish. Drink now. 111,000 cases made"
Wine Spectator (October 15th 2013), 87 pts + BEST VALUE + TOP50 GLOBAL VALUE OF THE YEAR 2013
"Coming from a large cooperative in the Languedoc-Roussillon corridor, Cave de Pomerols is an annual winner in the values sweepstakes. The 2012 Picpoul de Pinet, often known as the Muscadet of southern France, is a naked, 100% Picpoul (which is also known as Folle Blanche) offering plenty of grapefruit, citrus and wet rock-like characteristics in a light-bodied, crisp, elegant, dry, well-made style. It is not meant to age, so enjoy it over the next 6-12 months with shellfish and seafood. "
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 87 pts