WSET3 Palate Notes

Body - Medium,
Acid - High,
Alcohol - Medium.

Tastes Like: Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Saline

Nestled among the vineyards of southern France, the Picpoul grape stands as a testament to the diversity and intrigue that wine can offer. Often overshadowed by its more famous counterparts, this grape variety boasts a unique tasting profile and a fascinating history that deserves its moment in the spotlight.

What you can expect to taste and smell?

Picpoul wines are characterized by bright citrus flavors such as lemon, lime, and grapefruit. They often exhibit floral aromas with hints of herbs and minerals, reflecting their maritime influence from nearby vineyards along the Mediterranean coast.

Cool vs. Warm Climate

In cool climates, Picpoul tends to retain higher acidity, offering zesty citrus notes and a vibrant freshness.

In warmer climates, such as the Mediterranean, the grape develops riper fruit flavors while maintaining its refreshing acidity, contributing to a fuller body and more pronounced herbal nuances.

Appellations / Producers of Note

Key regions for Picpoul include:

  • Languedoc, France: Particularly Picpoul de Pinet, known for its crisp, mineral-driven whites.
  • Roussillon, France: Where Picpoul Blanc is often blended with other local varieties.
  • California, USA: Emerging plantings in regions like Paso Robles and Santa Barbara.

Notable producers:

  • Domaine Félines Jourdan (Picpoul de Pinet, France)
  • Château de Beaucastel (Roussillon, France)
  • Tablas Creek Vineyard (California, USA)
  • Borrowed Cuttings (NSW, Australia)


Enjoy Picpoul’s youthful exuberance with its vibrant fruit and zesty profile.

First Published: Friday, Sep 1, 2023 Last updated: Jun 10, 2024

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