Today we look at a 2009 picpoul from France, which costs around $11, give or take a couple dollars. Actually, it’s a “picpoul de pinet.” Whatever.
I don’t pretend to be a French wine expert, but I can tell you that this refreshing, affordable white wine is really good. It’s nice and crisp, smelling like lemon and grapefruit. It tastes like lemon/lime, grapefruit, pineapple, honeydew, and a little bit of green pepper. Tart. Fairly dry, but also round. Minerally. Friendly. And easy-drinking, at 12.5% alcohol.
Picpoul is not a common grape. So most people haven’t heard of it, and that’s why this wine is great to bring to a party. Everybody will be asking, “what IS this??” (In a good way.) Great with shellfish, chinese food, or any cheese, especially “big” cheeses. At any price under $15, this Frenchy white is a Best Value, and is definitely: