When you go down the list of the premier wine regions in the world, or even in France, the Coteaux
du Languedoc isn't generally among the first that comes to mind. The same could be said when it comes to the Picpoul Blanc variety. A lot of people probably haven't had the opportunity to try a wine made from this variety, although there are some that are fairly widely available, including this 2008 Cave de Pomerlos Picpoul-de-Pinet wine by Hugues Beaulieu.
Picpoul de Pinet is a small village in the Coteaux du Languedoc that produces primarily white wines, due largely to the soil in the area, which is made up of a mixture of limestone, sand, and clay. Much of the Languedoc area is more geared towards red wine production, so Picpoul de Pinet is a bit of an oddity.
This wine has an alcohol by volume of 12.5%, and should cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $11.
On the nose of this wine I am getting apples, some peaches, and even a touch of banana. On the palate I get much more lemon and lime flavors, along with some interesting minerality, and just a touch of a brine flavor. The acidity is nice and refreshing, not too strong. The first thing I think of when I drink this wine, is seafood. This wine would go great with some shellfish, or some white fish.
I have no complaints with this wine at $11. I think it's a great value, and I would certainly recommend it to someone looking for a new white wine to try out.