Chateau Saint Martin de Garrigue, Picpoul de Pinet 2017
AOC Picpoul de Pinet, France
Certified as “reasoned agriculture” by Terra Vitis The estate, located at Montagnac in the Hérault département about ten kilometres inland from the Mediterranean, stands on top of a hill overlooking the Thau coastal lagoon. The vines grow on slopes facing the sea and thus benefit from maritime breezes that carry in moisture to counter the effect of summer drought. Spring frosts are rare, the mild temperatures favour good ripening of the grapes. The vines themselves are protected from the prevailing north and north-westerly winds (known locally as the cers and tramontane) which on occasion are violent enough to damage immature canes.
100% Picpoul, skin contact for 10 hours, cold settling followed by slow fermentation with temperature control. Kept for four months on fine lees in stainless steel tanks.
Tasting Notes: radiant yellow, on the nose, refined floral and mineral undertones, with lively citrus aromas. Taste: density, freshness and lush roundness all combine, powerful.
Serve with crustaceans, shellfish, sushi, fish grilled or marinated Tahiti style. After its first winter, very good match for asparagus, artichokes and dried goat’s cheese