France – Languedoc
Picpoul de Pinet is known as the Muscadet of the south of France, and is one of the named crus of the Coteaux de Languedoc. Picpoul means “lip stinger,” which refers to its naturally high acidity. The style is a little difficult to describe, but is a little like an imaginary cross between dry Australian riesling [citrus, acidity, drive and freshness] and French melon de Bourgogne from Muscadet [doughy, yeasty, lemony and more textural]. The best examples, such as this, have a youthful, lemony, sedate aromatic nose and a zesty palate showing hints of pear, lemon with a hint of mineral and firmness.