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Behold the Chablis of the Mediterranean

Laurence de Veyrac Picpoul de Pinet 2019

I have never forgotten the experience of rocking up at a seafood shack on the lagoon in Leucate (famous for its oyster beds), in the South of France, and the unutterable perfection of that food and wine experience. I ordered a platter full of oysters, clams, mussels - basically every bivalve they had. The platter could probably have fed 12. I was tout seul, but absolutely undeterred. When it came to the wine options, there was no option: it was Picpoul de Pinet or nothing. So I purchased a bottle, which was taken from a case of icy water and placed in front of me, all beaded with condensation and glinting in the sun. What followed could be seen too ways: either it was an unspeakable display of shellfish-based gluttony, or it was a prolonged moment of gastronomic ecstasy. I choose to see it as the latter.

 

 There can be few finer pleasures than sipping a chilled glass of picpoul with a few ice-cold oysters. It's especially good on a glittering sunshine-y day when the Med is within view but that's not a dealbreaker. In fact, neither are the oysters given this interminable lockdown scenario. Sunshine is a must though. 


With it's zingy, flinty, lemony freshness, Picpoul is the perfect response to sunny weather - and our Laurence de Veyrac Picpoul is a classic of the genre, the 'Chablis of the Med'.


This is absolutely the most refreshing white wine of summer we have found so far.
Drink cool.

 

Picpoul de Pinet Laurence de Veyrac 2019




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