Picpoul de Pinet Wine
Mr Yapp senior is a stickler for note taking so I can reliably relate that we were first introduced to Picpoul de Pinet on the 16th February 2004 (a Monday) in 'Le Phare' restaurant beside the Étang du Méjean by Jean-Pierre and Emilie Boisson from Domaine du Père Caboche. At the time we were completely unaware such a specialist local wine existed but before the decade was out you could find it in every wine bar and bistro that possessed a corkscrew. Inspired by this first encounter we soon arranged a visit to the highly regarded Domaine Gaujal in the appellation's principal commune of Pinet and the rest, as they say, is history.
Laurent Gaujal's exemplary Picpoul de Pinet has an ozone-fresh bouquet that reflects its coastal location. The palate is zesty and citrus-edged and the finish is crisp and clean. It makes a versatile aperitif but its raison d'être is to accompany the spankingly-fresh oysters and mussels that are cultivated in the neighbouring Bassin du Thau – the vast salt water lagoon that dominates the coastline between Sète and Agde.