Aldi The Exquisite Collection Picpoul de Pinet 2013
Plump and rich with clean pear and melon fruits cut through with just enough refreshing zesty citrus.
I featured this in my blog on the recent Aldi tasting, but thought it worth mention again. Picpoul de Pinet is becoming increasingly popular with the multiples as an inexpensive fruity dry white wine. Grown on fairly flat vineyards along the Mediterranean coast, right by the oyster farms of the Etang de Thau lagoon. Picpoul de Pinet is often called the Muscadet of the South because of its crisp light lemony fruits (and yes it does go very well with those oysters). Recently I have detected a change in style by many producers to a richer wine that is certainly less like a Muscadet. Most versions offer good value for money and perfect for inexpensive summer drinking. The Aldi Picpoul is made by Jean Claude Mas, who supplies a huge range of wines to various supermarkets, as well as producing some quite up-market wines from the Languedoc. Picpoul is also used to make Noilly Prat, that delicious French vermouth.
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