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Picpoul de Pinet is one of the best-value whites from the south of France. Full-flavoured, dry yet with crisp freshness and a beguiling citrus and herb flavour, it can be enjoyed on its own or with seafood.
Product Code: FC38701
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This Languedoc estate is run by the talented Claude Jourdan, whose family has been winemaking in the area for many generations. The family bought Domaine Félines in 1983, changing the name to Domaine Félines Jourdan to mark the start of its, and their, new chapter.Arguably their most famous wine is Picpoul de Pinet, a variety that was granted AOC status in 1985, prompting winemakers to produce better and better examples since. This marked improvement in quality means it has gained considerable popularity in the last few years. However, whereas many co-operatives produce good but unexciting versions, Félines Jourdan leads the way in producing a quintessential example of this round, food-friendly Mediterranean white.The name Picpoul de Pinet refers to the town of Pinet in the very south of France, and Félines Jourdan’s 40ha estate is based nearby in Mèze. Much of their vineyards are right on the Mediterranean coast at the edge of the Thau Lagoon (or Bassin de Thau), a picturesque body of water that is home to flamingoes and is particularly famous for its oysters, which are perfectly suited to a glass of Picpoul de Pinet. Recognising the importance of these wonderful natural surroundings, Félines Jourdan practices sustainable viticulture, and are committed to protecting not only the vineyards, but also the lagoon and the nearby bird reserve.The proximity to the coast provides essential cool sea breezes, protecting the health of the vines and helping to keep temperature variation to a minimum. The region has low rainfall which works well with the water-retaining chalky soils.The soils are also particularly suited to the picpoul (or piquepoule) grape’s high acidity levels. Picpoul really does live up to its French name: pique means sharp and lively, and poule means soft, characteristics that are evident in the finished wine, which is comparable in many respects to Italy’s popular Soaves.Although the Jourdans are proud of their family winemaking heritage and retain much of the wisdom of their ancestors, they are ready to embrace change. Harvest times are adjusted, from vintage to vintage, to ensure optimum grape maturity, and the winery benefits from temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks and air conditioning, both crucial to keeping their wines fresher for longer.
Where do we start in a region so huge? With production nearly three times that of Bordeaux, or more than the whole of Australia, the Languedoc-Roussillon accounts for about a third of all French wine made. The sheer scale of production and the intense competition to channel such volumes through to the market means that in most years supply is greater than demand so prices are kept in check. It is not for nothing that wines from the South of France offer such great value for money. Here you get what you pay for. The trick is to get beyond the gain line and tap into a rich vein of almost endless vinous pleasure. Appellation Contrôlée and Vin de Pays (also known as IGP – Indication Geographique Protegée) - officially, these are two quite different wine worlds that live side by side almost, seemingly, in complete ignorance of each other's existence. Luckily, reality is different and most producers see no conflict between the two and many produce wines under both codes. Nor is one necessarily better than the other. Indeed many of Languedoc's most iconic wines, such as Mas de Daumas Gassac and Grange des Pères, are Vin de Pays. So why the difference? The status of Appellation Contrôlée was gradually conferred to the historic heartlands of Languedoc-Roussillon, in other words those sites in the foothills of the Massif Central and Pyrenees where viticulture has existed since the Romans. Appellation status is also about taste and about wine made from a narrow selection of mostly Mediterranean grape varieties.Vin de Pays (IGP) was introduced to improve the quality of what was then the mass of 'vins ordinaries'. It confers an identity to wines coming from those areas that were planted during the big periods of expansion, mostly in the plain between Narbonne and Pézenas. It allows for higher yields than AC, and, more importantly, allows a much wider palette of grape varieties for the growers to choose from.In terms of grape varieties Languedoc-Roussillon is France's answer to the New World. In the duality of Appellation Contrôlée and Vin de Pays, the conformism of Parisian bureaucracy goes hand in hand with the creative spirit of pure liberalism. So in terms of grape variety, almost anything goes! Native Languedoc and Roussillon varieties are at the heart of all appellation wines. With a changing climate and a tendency to extremes of weather, these ancient varieties are gaining favour.Carignan is the workhorse of Languedoc especially in the drier west. At its best, it produces a wine that is deeply coloured, quite tannic, sappy with brambly fruit. Many producers have woken up to the qualities of carignan if it is treated with respect and low yields are achieved.Grenache produces round tasting wines, often with low tannin and high alcohol and is rarely to be found on its own except in the fortified reds of Roussillon.Cinsault belongs in the heat of North Africa. In the South of France, it is widely grown and can add fragrance and lightness of touch to big brawny reds, but more often it is made into rosé.Like carignan, the native whites are more obviously associated with high production but with careful handling can produce wines of real interest. There is maccabeu and grenache blanc, grown mostly in Corbières and Roussillon. Clairette, grown mostly in the east, closer to the Rhône. Terret is grown extensively around Marsseillan, home of French vermouth. Maybe the best of all is the piquepoul which east of Beziers produces good quaffing dry picpoul de Pinet. Muscat used to be grown exclusively for vin doux naturel such as Saint Jean de Minervois and Rivesaltes but also produces full-flavoured dry wines of some interest.The biggest change in the South of France was the introduction of other grape varieties to help boost quality. For the reds, syrah was the most obvious import and is now widely planted and is usually part of a blend with grenache and/or carignan. Syrah is at its best where there is a little humidity such as in the east around Pic Saint Loup. Mourvèdre is much more complicated to grow but has a real future in areas close to the sea such as in parts of Fitou and Corbières.For the whites, roussanne and marsanne have also journeyed south from the Rhône to add finesse and flavour to Mediterranean blends. Increasingly, the Corsican vermentino, also known as rolle, can be found in blends where it often has a positive influence.Bordeaux has for long been an important connection for the Languedoc with the Canal du Midi there to prove the link. Not surprisingly, Languedoc producers were quick to introduce Bordeaux varieties in their vineyards. Merlot is the most widely planted and in some years has been very profitably exported in bulk to California or back to Bordeaux. The later ripening cabernets are probably better suited to the climate of the south and have great potential.Another revolution across the South of France has been in the quality of the whites. Before new standards of cellar hygiene and refrigeration were introduced, the concept of a fresh, dry and fruity Languedoc-Roussillon white wine was nigh impossible. Growers like Pierre Bésinet at Domaine du Bosc and Louis-Marie Teisserenc at Domaine de l'Arjolle were quick to spot the potential and successfully plant chardonnay, sauvignon and even the mysterious viognier.Regional StylesLanguedoc-Roussillon is such a large region that it is impossible to generalise about the entirety. It helps to divide it into three main sections: Eastern Languedoc, Western Languedoc, and Southern Lanuedoc. The east includes excellent appellations like Faugères, Côteaux du Languedoc, Pic saint Loup and Montpeyroux. The style of wine produced here is often Rhône-like: generous, thickly textured and often high in alcohol. Syrah is the outstanding grape variety and it blends well with grenache and sometimes mourvèdre. Nothing remains static in Languedoc and the old Côteaux du Languedoc is about to be replaced by a new appellation called simply Languedoc. Western Languedoc is more dramatic, mountainous, and much drier than the east, but it's also colder and the austerity of its climate and topography can be tasted in its wines. The carignan grape is often an essential element in many of the reds. Look out for saint-Chinian, Minervois and Saint Jean de Minervois (the latter for muscat based sweet vin doux naturel), Cabardès, Limoux (especially sparkling Crémant de Limoux).The south incorporates Corbières, Fitou and Roussillon. These are dry, hot regions surrounded by mountains which provide a majestic backdrop. Fitou is the oldest Appellation and confusingly comes in two parts. The best wines though come from in between in what is actually southern Corbières. Corbières is the largest single appellation in Languedoc, with myriad different styles from different soils and microclimates. This veritable chaos of crags, gorges, strewn with castles, wild herbs and abandoned abbeys encapsulates the heart of the Midi. The wines all have a little of that wildness and wonder.In Roussillon black schists on the north bank of the Agly make the best reds. These are typically fine and spicy with grenache and syrah. Traditionally the best-exposed sights near the village of Maury have produced sweet fortified wine. High mountains provide the opportunity to plant vines at higher altitudes and make fresher wines. Finally, this vast region ends in a narrow strip of land between mountain and the sea and with Spain on two sides. Twisting lanes and vertiginous vine terraces link the little ports of Collioure, Banyuls and Cerbère. The fortified wines are sold as Banyuls and are mostly Grenache-based with a little carignan. The Collioure appellation is for expressive, full-bodied and refined table wine which can be made from several grape varieties: carignan, syrah, grenache, mourvèdre and counoise for the reds and grenache, roussanne and vermentino for the whites.
"Purchased as part of an experimental "fun" case, we found this to be very enjoyable. Lovely "lychee" bouquet, rounded fruit without being complex and certainly not acidic. We enjoyed it very much with baked salmon and will certainly consider ordering again."
I would recommend this wine
"Delicious with lighter foods and on its own . Dry but full of flavour. "
"My first ever PdP.
Certainly not the last.
Definitely the one for the short list and for re-order. "
I would recommend this wine
"I've drunk a lot of Picpoul de Pinet over the years since I first discovered it about 20 years ago while on holiday in the region. It has always been a great summer tipple and a nice alternative to Sauvignon Blanc if you want a crisp white. However, it used to be relatively hard to find in the UK, and occasionally what you did buy here wasn't great.
Happily, things have changed and Picpoul is now much more widely available and the quality levels are much higher. This is one of the nicest PdeP wines I've drunk in a long time; fresh, balanced and utterly delightful.
I think I need more."
"The nicest picpoul de pinet I've ever had. Delightful as an aperitif. I shall be buying more."
"we loved this wine, the first time purchase but have enjoyed Pigs Poo from other sellers. Very clean tasting with lots of flavour. We had it with Herb crusted fish and veggies from the garden. Whats not to like"
"We wanted a 'Picpoul' as we had enjoyed the ones previously tried elsewhere - and this did not disappoint at all. Lovely taste and highly recommended."
"Pleasant, uncomplicated refreshing white. Fresh tasting with mainly apple and a hint of pineapple at the end. Ideal for summer afternoon quaffing, and goes nicely with fish. Would definitely buy again."
"Lovely refreshing off dry fruity white . Undertones of apricot and peach.
Will buy again."
"A Picpoul de Pinet always delivers for me, whether accompanying a chicken/fish dish or relaxing in the sun. A refreshing, light white wine. "
"Delicious with lighter foods and on its own . Dry but full of flavour. "
"Purchased as part of an experimental "fun" case, we found this to be very enjoyable. Lovely "lychee" bouquet, rounded fruit without being complex and certainly not acidic. We enjoyed it very much with baked salmon and will certainly consider ordering again."
Yorkshire Post 30th May 2020
"Softer in style than
most Picpouls, this has apricot notes with a streak of lime freshness and a
crunchy, minerally finish. - Christine Austin"
"For one that is not normally a fan of picpoul, I've enjoyed this bottle- in particular with juicy green olives marinated in chilli and red pepper. "
Ms Tiffany Flynn (29-Jan-2020)
"I have tried many Picpouls (including the Society blend) and I continue to come back to this one as in my opinion it is the best and most consistent I have found by a margin. It is a staple I always like to have in my cellar and seem to be having to replenish more frequently than even. Guests rave about it too so it is safe to produce to meet almost all tastes. I have never had a disappointing bottle and while I think the classification of 1 (bone dry) maybe analytically correct it is a bit misleading as its natural fruitness makes it taste sweeter. "
Mr Charles Crawfurd (12-Jan-2020)
"I really liked it - not knowingly had a Picpoul before. Light, short palate, a bit like a Muscadet S-e-M; not from the Loire though!
Described as 'bone dry' but perhaps not - still dry, but rounded.
I will buy again."
Dr John Bolton (22-Dec-2019)
"Nice golden straw colour, a bit musty on the nose, sort of sweet smelling. quite light, thin, ok flavour, but not great. It wasn’t really refreshing or really anything else either.
It was ok, not a lot better than that.
Mr Edmond Mandell (15-Dec-2019)
"Described as being dry (bone dry in the wine notes), we were very disappointed with this wine as it is somewhat sweet"
Dr John P Honeyman (09-Dec-2019)
"Really good value - light and refreshing "
Mrs Keris De Villiers (11-Sep-2019)
"A delightful wine, oddly described as bone dry, which it ain't. Summer's coming to an end but that is not going to stop me from buying another case."
Mr Geoffrey Keen (21-Aug-2019)
"This is a lovely and dangerously refreshing Picpoul. There's a note almost of olive oil on the nose. I do think the saltiness is there - it adds to the moreish, round texture that chews on the tongue, and there's such delicious, balanced acidity. I agree with both other reviewers suggesting to chill it slightly less than might seem obvious, as this will bring out the generous qualities in this yummy wine. Such great value."
Mr Jonathan Quaintrell-Evans (11-Jun-2019)
"This is great but doesn't have much saltiness as it used to - as its trying to be fashionable - nevertheless super value - pity no back label to tell us more. Don't chill too much and drink outside in an orchard (if you have one!) to allow it to ooze its charm.. A summer wine, bit flowery aka pinot blanc without the nose and sweetness. Put it in your cellar along with the Society's Slovenian white, Alsace Pinot Blanc, Society's Grunveltliner, and enjoy in 2019. Not for keeping"
Mr Julian Payne (15-May-2019)
"A really lovely Picpoul. Less lean than some examples. Delicious.
Appearance: clear, medium gold
Nose:lemon and lime, tropical fruit richness
Palate: medium acidity; slightly oily mouth feel; citrus flavours which holds to the finish, a little creamy richness, honeysuckle; good length.
(Tasted slightly less chilled than normal.)"
Mr Michael King (11-May-2019)
Rotherham Advertiser (22nd Oct 2019)
"Crisp, fresh, citrus
and herb. Enjoyable on its own or with seafood. - David Clay"
The Observer (18th Aug 2019)
"There are parts of
the Languedoc that have always been better known for whites than reds, with the
patch of vines that follows the Étang du Thau lagoon around the towns of Agde,
Sète and Pézenas perhaps the best-known of all. Here the Picpoul de Pinet
appellation takes its name from the piquepoul blanc grape variety and produces
wine that is, logically enough, perfectly suited to the local seafood,
including the oysters cultivated in the lagoon itself. These whites are
decidedly unpretentious – simple but in a good way. There’s no attempt – or at
least none that I’ve come across – to imitate burgundy or make vins de garde
for tucking away in the cellar for years. At their best they offer a calmingly
cool and crisp combination of citrus and subtle floral and leafy herbal notes
with a seabreeze freshness, all qualities found in Felines-Jourdan’s top-notch
example. - David Williams"
The Scotsman (24th Aug 2019)
"Star buy: Rich, ripe,
fleshy fruit, apricot undertones, creamy texture, zippy fresh acidity with a
salty briskness. Well-made and great value too. - Rose Murray Brown"
The Times (13th Jul 2019)
"… delicious, rich,
nutty, yet saline … Jane MacQuitty"
"My first ever picpoul, so don't know what to compare it to. It reminds me a bit of gin, the palate has a real mouth sapping slatey dryness, with a short sharp aftertaste. Nose has got slight lemon rind and salinity. Wouldn't call this refreshing"
Mr Matthew Utting (05-Jul-2020)
"I am a lover of Picpoul and when it is available don't understand the manic rush for Sauvignon Blanc. This is a joyous little wine that is fresh and easy on the palate, has lots of life in it and some lingering notes of gooseberries and white-currants. I could drink this all afternoon I- just loved it and is very good value. "
Mr Charles Whitehead (05-Mar-2019)
"Nothing new to add to previous reviews. Dry without being too austere. Lovely fruit without being too heavy. Good as an aperitif or with subtly flavoured food. Excellent value for money. "
Mr Colin Mitchell (03-Mar-2019)
"Fruity, dry and delicious, not much more to say. One of the nicest whites I have had in a while. Recommended."
Mr Gordon Allan (26-Jan-2019)
"Very pleasant wine. Will probably order again."
Mr Keith Rose (02-Jan-2019)
"Enjoyed this wine very much. Not complex but fine and light with a lovely freshness of fruit. Just a good weekend drinking wine "
Mr Mike Robb (16-Dec-2018)
"I discovered this for the first time this year. ( I have been a member of the Wine Society since 1966). It featured in Buyers Favourites which has always been a good source of new discoveries."
Mr John I Smith (07-Dec-2018)
"This is by far and away the best Picpoul I've tasted. Everything is balanced . If you've never given this wine try , try it now . At 8.50 a bottle it's a steal ."
Mr John Hope (02-Oct-2018)
"Picpoul has come on leaps and bounds since it was granted AOC status, most of the wines are a great improvement on the early acidic, thin offerings; in fact these days it's normally a safe choice in a restaurant. However, I've not had a Picpoul that's better than this one for every day drinking. A good companion to nearly all seafood."
Dr Richard Hobson (30-Sep-2018)
"I was introduced to Picpoul several years ago and although I thought ' yes this is nice, lightish white, I didn't get too excited about it .But the Society's example is outstanding so I would urge you if you haven't every given this wine a second thought to try it , I really don't think you'll be disappointed."
Mr John Hope (11-Sep-2018)
"The positives - easy drinking, dry with fruitiness. Great value. Goes with everything and nothing - i.e. a great aperitif.
The negatives - it goes too quickly!
This is a wine that is supposed to be enjoyed, not analysed. I will save my comments about "nose" and "lingering aftertaste" for more upmarkey wines such as Premier Cru Chablis and a good Pouilly-Fumé, which are amongst my favourite whites. Picpoul de Pinet is for those "back home from work" moments when we want to unwind. And this example fits the bill perfectly."
Mr William McIldowie (17-May-2018)
"New vintage, new comments - I confirm this Picpoul de Pinet as a five star favourite, this vintage is as good as ever combining dryness, fullness and fruitiness, a delightful aperitif and wonderful accompaniment to a variety of fish dishes."
Mr Tom Bulley (28-Apr-2018)
The Observer (19th Aug 2018)
"Picpoul de Pinet is
never going to come off well in a comparison with some of the bigger French
wine hitters. The dry, unoaked white wine from the western end of the Languedoc
isn’t the kind of thing anyone would buy to put in a cellar, or make a flashy fuss
of ordering at a restaurant. The gap between the best and the worst examples
isn’t especially wide: a friend in the trade likes to say it all comes from one
big tank. And yet, all of the above is somehow part of its attraction. It’s
there to do a job – match the seafood from the nearby Med and the Thau lagoon –
without too much fuss. The picpoul grape variety’s natural acid nip and
breeziness combining with lemon, touches of leafy herb and, in the impeccable
production from Félines-Jourdan, a swell of stone-fruity richness. - David Williams"
"Colour: Bright, light golden yellow.
Aroma: Expressive, clean and fresh, lemon, tropical fruit like guava or pineapple, mineral and wet crushed stones.
Taste: Medium body, dry, zippy with a refreshing character. Lots of citrus and saline flavours with a lemony slightly bitter good length finish.
Overall: A good example of Picpoul de Pinet. I have tried zestier, crisper examples but there is enough acidity to give a fresh easy-drinking wine that has abundant aromas and flavours. No complaints, it's good value, tasty, a crowd pleaser so I can only recommend."
Mr Gabriel Higgins (23-Mar-2018)
"This is one of the most characterless wines from the Society I have drunk. Bland and inoffensive but with so many outstanding other wines to buy don't bother with this one. I struggle to find adjectives to describe the flavour and although it is described as bone dry it lacks the mineral steeliness that I want from a truly dry white."
Mr Colin W Brewer (03-May-2017)
"This finds its way on to my repeat order list as an aperitif and as a partner to white fish, it's crisp and dry but surprisingly full and fruity in the mouth, very satisfying."
Mr Tom Bulley (26-Mar-2017)
"This, on a sunny day in spring, was a revelation. Yes, as first, it is a bit of an assault on the senses but let its lemony zing titiilate your palate and then have a glass with any fish and you are onto a winner. I do consultancy in the licensed trade and know that Picpoul struggles to sell north of Watford but this is a joyous wine - unpretentious and fun but if you are stuck in LaLa Burgundy land and can afford it - stay there! Leave he rest for the adventurous"
Mr Trevor Brown (15-Mar-2017)
Mr Alex Downham (26-Oct-2016)
"I actually found this Picpoul de pinet a little disappointing. And I am usually a fan. Too fruity for me, and now sampling the second bottle, I would not order this again. More like a Sauvignon. Sorry. Maybe other years were better."
Mr David McKechnie (19-Sep-2016)
"Dry, citrussy and steely. Not particularly long which makes it even moreish. Fabulous with garlic prawns but equally good on its own whilst preparing them.
Tempted not to submit review so I can have it all to myself."
Dr Philip Dodd (03-May-2016)
Scotland on Sunday (1st Jan 2017)
"The assertive lemon
acidity here leaves you in no doubt that the word 'picpoul' translates to lip
stinger. This, however, is one of the best inexpensive versions I have tasted
recently, with textured red apple depth, suggestions of perfume and spice but
an attractive mineral base too. - Brian Elliott"
Chase Magazine (2nd Oct 2016)
crisp, dry ...delicate fruit flavours. - David Clay
"I had always assumed that Picpoul de Pinet drank best when young: we had a bottle of the 2013 that had been overlooked, and not expecting much, opened it. The wine had utterly changed, gone was the prickle and tang, but it had developed the breadth and depth of a decent Chardonnay - and not at all tired, it promised a year or two of good drinking. What a surprise!"
Mr Matthew Hudson (14-Feb-2016)
"Had a bottle with friends this evening, there was a lot of "mmm, I like this". Orchard fruit nose, then fresh, crisp acidity. I'm ordering more now."
Mr Josh Judge-Talbot (22-Nov-2015)
"A fantastic wine - delicious balance of apple, minerality, crisp acidity, richness and long finish."
Mr Andrew Watson (06-Nov-2015)
"A little disappointing. Perhaps this vintage is not as good as before (or certainly my memory of previous bottles)."
Miss Deborah Boyd (01-Nov-2015)
"Rather uninteresting, and a bit bland - possibly getting too old now? Not improved with food. There are better dry white wines available at this price."
Mr John Purse (20-Sep-2015)
"I love this wine. Great value and seems totally reliable."
Mr Martin Arrowsmith (04-Aug-2015)
"What a relief, 2014 continues as good as last year. Full of character, both with food and without."
Mr Oliver Cottingham (14-Jun-2015)
"Really enjoyed this Picpoul, everything it should be plus a little bit more."
Mr Jonathan Rippon (15-May-2015)
Belfast Sunday Life (15th Nov 2015)
"Dry but wonderfully
full-flavoured and rich- it would be fab with seafood or chicken in a creamy
sauce, and very keenly priced. - Paula Gracey"
Western Mail (10th Nov 2015)
"It's easy to see
picpoul's attraction and [this]is about as good as it gets… it's loaded with
aromas of apple, citrus fruits, flowers and a hint of ginger snap. The taste is
big and bone dry with more apple and honey, hints of citrus and peach and no
shortage of spice. - Andrew Campbell"
Kent & Sussex Courier (30th Oct 2015)
"This unoaked, breezy
and bone dry Picpoul from the fashionable Mediterranean appellation located
around the Etang de Thau, on the road to Beziers, is lemony and zippy with
complex notes of oyster shell, fennel, aniseed, honey suckle and pine needles.
WIth its salty-spicy edge, high intensity and acidity, this wine is an
altogether superior Picpoul and a wake-up call to the senses. What to match it
with? Like a decent Muscadet-sur-Lie it's the perfect choice for fish and chips
and grilled oily fish such as sardines or mackerel; it's also a dead cert with
seasonal asparagus and seafood (especially mussels, scallops and oysters). Best
enjoyed sooner rather than later, this is an outstanding vintage foir a fine
estate. I urge you to taste it.- James Viner"
Newcastle Journal (27th Oct 2015)
"By far the best
producer [of Picpoul], I think, is Domaines Félines Jourdan. I've been there to
see what they do and I'm deeply impressed. Their 2014 is their best yet. It has
an aroma of preserved lemons, fresh acidity and just a hint of salt, plus a lingering
creamy texture. There's something unmistakenly seasidey about it. It is, as you
might imagine, perfect with seafood. - Helen Savage"
Belfast Newsletter (10th Oct 2015)
youthful, fresh and fragrant… Lightly sparkling with notes of fennel, green
pepper and lime on its citrussy palate, this zesty white has beautifully judged
acidity and was a marvellous accompaniment to warm chicken and coriander salad. - Raymond Gleugh"
Liverpool Echo (10th Oct 2015)
"I can just see myself
crunching some prawns out of their shells and dipping them into garlic mayo
with this dreamy creamy wine in a glass alongside. It is dry, almost minerally,
but has a richness in the mouth with notes of citrus and a gasp of stone fruits. - Jane Clare"
The Portsmouth News (10th Oct 2015)
"Dry with citrus
notes. Try this with dressed crab. - Alistair Gibson"
The Mail on Sunday (12th Apr 2015)
Picpoul… fantastic for just £7.50 a bottle. - Olly Smith"
"Bone dry white of character; remarkably food friendly even with spiced dishes. Seriously good for the price."
Mr Oliver Cottingham (14-Mar-2015)
"This is fast becoming one of my favourite Society whites. Had several bottles now and love it's full, rich flavour. Brilliant with food esp. Fish"
David Saltiel Esq (23-Nov-2014)
"Great example of a lovely wine. This is so fresh you can almost taste the Oysters in the Bassin de Thau (a perfect partner btw). Full of flavour, with a softness that makes it a great alternative for an aperitif/seafood dry white, and one of my Summer essentials."
Mr Thomas Preston (16-Sep-2014)
"Lovely Picpoul de pinet. Melon and pears, grass and gooseberries, a little white pepper and all with a creamy aftertaste. Lovely with white fish and roasted mediterranean veg."
Mr David Bricknell (03-Aug-2014)
"This producer's other wines have been so good that I was looking forward to their trademark wine, and I am not disappointed. Full of character, fruity yet bone dry, this is a perfect summer aperitif or accompaniment for a bowl of mussels."
Dr Robin W D Mitchell (18-May-2014)
Western Mail (17th Jan 2015)
"A crisp flinty
mineral attack with quite a spicy note to the exotic fruit through the mid
palate but never overblown and has a distinct honeyed note. It's also cracking
value as well. - Neil Cammies"
Top 100 Christmas Wines (8th Dec 2014)
"Has Picpoul entered
the mainstream? It surely can’t be far off, thanks to wines like this tasty
number from the Languedoc. Floral, pear and apple flavours, good weight and
enough acidity to keep it fresh and tangy on the palate. - Tim Atkin"
Belfast Sunday Life (16th Nov 2014)
"A dry white, but
full-bodied and rich, a great wine for seafoood but basically an excellent
all-rounder.- Paula Gracey"
manchesterconfidential.com (8th Oct 2014)
"A smart example of a
richer style… perfect with seafood. - Neil Sowerby"
Manchester Evening News (27th Sep 2014)
"Picpoul de Pinet is
now a specific sub-appellation of the Languedoc but has been made for many
years in the same style using the Picpoul grape. Perhaps never better than
this, however, which has a clean, pure style but is rounded with peachy
goodness. A sure-fire match for seafood. - Andy Cronshaw"
richardmccomb.com (22nd Sep 2014)
"A versatile wine, a
Picpoul for all seasons. There are hints of lemon, softness and a general
likeability. - Richard McComb"
Belfast Newsletter (20th Sep 2014)
zesty and aromatic. [An] elegant, bone-dry French white, this refreshing
drop has floral aromatics, tangy grapefruit and lemon flavours, a steely
structure and a tingly, discreetly acidic finish. - Raymond Gleugh"
"Love it to bits, fresh, fruity, slightly minerally and just off dry. Great for drinking on its own or for enjoying with food. My wife not so much of a fan as she was put off by the slight oiliness."
Mr Simon Heape (30-Dec-2012)
"We had a house in Languedoc for more than 30 years and know the Pinet area well. One of the highlights was lunch at Les Jardins de la Mer in Bouzigues, sitting on the terrace overlooking L'Etang de Thau, enjoying their three tier plateaux de fruits de mer (Albatross) accompanied by Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet. Sadly those days are over but we can still enjoy the fresh taste of Picpoul of which the 2011 can be recommended as a worthy example.
Mr Gerard Walton (18-Nov-2012)
"A bottle shared with good friends around the fire recently brought memories of warmer days and zones. We all enjoyed the fresh, just off-dry fragrance and, in particular, the subtler undertones making this a quite intriguing wine. Can't wait to try with sea-food!"
Miss Marion Rout (06-Nov-2012)
"Whilst agreeing wholeheartedly with the members' appreciative comments at present 'on line' I would like to mention that my wife and I have found not only that the Picpoul de Pinet from Domaine Félines-Jourdan is quite the best of several picpouls which we have drunk but that it is worth drinking it at a temperature a few degrees above what one might regards as 'normal' for a white from this region. A noticeable heightening of its fruity taste with no loss of its clean, fresh character.
Mr David E Rigby (21-Oct-2012)
"In June we took our caravan down to the South of France and stayed at Montagnac, where the Cave sold locally produced Picpoul de Pinet. We tried it, expecting little. But we were immediately won over by its fresh and slightly sharp style. In a temperature of 38 degrees, it was delightfully refreshing. Unfortunately we only brought back 6 bottles. So we then ordered some from The Society. Same grape and freshness, but rather more alcoholic and "oily". (I apologise for not knowing the correct wine term.) We like it (but not quite as much as the Montagnac version) and will keep some Picpoul in stock for drinking with fish and seafood. It is a real find - something new and delicious!"
Rev Kenneth L Masters (18-Oct-2012)
"We first ordered Domaine Felines Jourdan's Picpoul de Pinet whilst living in the Baltic States in 2001 - perhaps not the obvious place to quaff such a wine. Living so far north it seemed like a good idea to have a taste of the Mediterranean during the extremely hot Baltic summer months and thanks to the Wine Society's efficient delivery service we were able to enjoy and share this very pleasant wine with chums in the international community in Riga. We have maintained our PdP link across the vintages and continue to enjoy what we consider to be a very good dry, but round and full-bodied wine with plenty of flavour that offers excellent value for money. We find it excellent on its own, especially looking out across long summer evening views, and with all ranges of seafood.
"I first encountered this wine on a Mediterranean cruise that never happened (long story - no need for details), and the 2008 vintage was well received by our village wine circle in 2009. The 2011 vintage was enjoyed greatly at a garden party this year and, judging by the amount consumed, must have been a good match for all the dishes on offer. Since then I can confirm how well the remaining one or two bottles have accompanied a wide variety of 'difficult' foods. Tomatoes, pickles and other vinegary or strongly-flavoured items are notoriously unfriendly to wine. I doubt that any wine is an ideal match. This one, however, works as well as could be hoped for. A real all-rounder."
Mr Keith M Diment (03-Oct-2012)
"Dry but round and luscious, delicious on its own or with a salty nibble, Picpoul (along with Languedoc's Voigner, Domaine du Bosc and Bourboulenc, Domaine de Simonet) always features in our orders."
Dr Martin Commander (30-Sep-2012)
"We drank it with a wild salmon dish, it was good. So was the salmon."
Mr Richard D Jones (27-Sep-2012)
The Guardian (2nd Mar 2013)
"A crisp picpoul de pinet from the south of France is far more enjoyable than a bland pinot grigio. Domaine Félines-Jourdan is a particular favourite. - Fiona Beckett"
The Herald (23rd Feb 2013)
"Grown near Montpellier, picpoul is a uniquely French grape – with pic/pique meaning sharp and lively, and poul/poule soft and maternal. It's more the former than the latter with its mouth-watering, crunchy green fruit and slightly salty, mineral edge. Perfect with mussels. - Tom Bruce-Gardyne"
"P de P, a staple in my cellar and fridge. An undervalued French classic, this one I fancy has a tad more depth and interest than others."
Mr Matthew Hudson (09-Nov-2011)
"Excellent. Tasty, not harsh as some Picpoul can be, and perfect with mussels and pasta."
Mr David J G Hunt (28-Oct-2011)
"I only became acquainted with Picpoul de Pinet by chance having purchased a Society's selection of mixed whites and so enjoyed its clean fresh, yet fruity, flavours that it has become a favourite of both my wife and me both as an accompaniment to fish dishes but also as a very enjoyable drink without food. A good wine at a reasonable price up to the Society's usual high standard."
Mr Harry Barr (19-Nov-2009)
"Very pleasant. A smooth white with a touch of Burgundian sophistication. Ideal pre-dinner drink that has enough presence to support a strong starter."
Mr Roger W Buxton (12-Nov-2009)
"Like a Muscadet with attitude. More grown-up. An excellent, zesty, refreshingly dry wine to drink when, where and with what you please....Terrific stuff."
Mr Derek Matthews (11-Nov-2009)
"What more can I say? When the request came to submit a review, I was poised to order a fresh case. Any chance of emptying the winerack of Picpoul de Pinet is viewed with alarm!"
John V T Wheatley Esq (11-Nov-2009)
"I am a fan of languedoc wines and this is a fine example. It has good weight and plenty of flavour. It is very good value and I will be ordering more."
Mr John M Goodwin (11-Nov-2009)
"I have been drinking the Picpoul for several years and have always found it characterful, refreshing and excellent value. It is unusual but people who like Muscadet will, I think, like Picpoul - it often has something of the same liveliness and occasionally a similar hint of petillance (this varies from year to year). That said, it has a fuller, fruitier taste than Muscadet and lasts longer on the palate. It takes very well to chilling: in my opinion, it probably needs to be well chilled - but people who, for example, prefer sauvignon blanc only lightly chilled will probably prefer Picpoul this way.
Mr Chris Smith (11-Nov-2009)
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