Picpoul de Pinet is a prickly, fresh, easy drinking white wine.
This delicious little wine from Chateau de la Mirande is lovely as an aperitif - dry, crisp, with good body and persistence. Picpoul de Pinet Mirande has a spicy aniseed bouquet, green fruits and herbs; quite resinous with an ample mouth feel and savoury flavours of iodine, yellow plum and pepper. Picpoul is an ancient grape variety which has the sort of green tinged fruit and crisp acidity one would associate with Muscadet, but with more vinosity.
Château de la Mirande is located in the commune of Castelnau-de-Guers not far from the Bassin de Thau, a salt-water lagoon dedicated to the cultivation of oysters and mussels. The vineyard spreads through the Mediterranean garrigue and is in part situated on red earth slopes covered with pebbles, which release the sun’s heat to perfect the maturity of the Picpoul. The terroir of Chateau de La Mirande is a clay-limestone mix on south-facing terraces with vines of between 30-100 years old. Traditional methods and organic viticulture are at the heart of the estate's philosophy.