La Chapelle du Bastion - Picpoul de Pinet label
La Chapelle du Bastion - Picpoul de Pinet bottle

La Chapelle du Bastion - Picpoul de Pinet 2020

White Wine

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Item# 11919-20

Technical data

Maturing: Harvested at night, press directly, low temperature fermentation.
Harvest: Automated
Age of vines: 15
Drink by: 1 year

Estate

Picpoul de Pinet, with vineyards spreading over 3,500 acres, is the largest white wine appellation of the Languedoc and its own AOC since 1985. It is located in the Herault department, west of the Mediterranean “Lion’s Gulf”. The area forms a triangle bounded by the cities of Agde, Pézenas and Sète. The vineyards are planted around the Thau lagoon, which is the largest oyster pond in Europe, fitting as it pairs best with shellfish. Chapelle du Bastion is produced by a group of growers located in Florensac. The grape is unique to the Languedoc region due to its warm and dry climate, as the region sees over 300 days of sun a year, making the wine as unique as its signature bottle shape.

Harvesting takes place at night to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and preserve the grape from oxidation. The whole vinification process occurs in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged on the lees for a minimum of 4 months. There is no malolactic fermentation to maintain good acidity and allow the full expression of the Piquepoul.

Description

This little white from the south of France is dry, clean and fresh with yellow peach and lemony citrus in the nose and mouth. The 'Picpoul' grape variety is used to make light white wines and Armagnac. The grapes for this excellent Picpoul are harvested on the slopes of the Languedoc facing the Mediterranean, and the sunny climate of the region gives the grapes wonderful ripeness. Unoaked to keep the wine fresh, this is a great white for serving with seafood, or as a crisp, refreshing aperitif.