Quintessentially Summercentric – 2011 Saint-Peyre Picpoul de Pinet Coteaux de Languedoc


The Lip Smacker

Be patient – summer is coming. And when it does, this is a wine to be drunk. I reviewed the previous vintage of this wine and was looking forard to the release of the current one. From southern France where warm weather wines achieve perfection, Saint-Peyre is wonderfully uncomplicated and refreshing. The varietal – picquepol – is colloquial for “lip stinger”. Though this wine has a good dose of acidity, winemakers tame the grape by having the wine spend time on its lees. The wine is pale yellow. The nose is pleasant yet restained – a bit of white peach, fennel, acadia, Meyer lemon. The mouthfeel is quite round giving way to a rush of medium acidity and some astringency. The finish – a bit minerally – lasts longer than the usual value-priced wine. All in all, restained fruit balanced by good acidity, a pleasant mouthfeel and a refreshing finish equals a wine that should be on your house carte de vin. In addition to being a good quaff, the wine pairs well with lighter fare. I paired it with a grain salad – quinoa, shrimp, red and yellow peppers, pickled onions, feta and a lemon-basil vinaigrette. Great match up! I was particularly pleased with the harmony between the wine and the vinaigrette.

Drink now and especially through the dog days of summer.
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