AG Pick: HB Picpoul de Pinet 2010

As the summer nears its end (at least according to the calendar), the lingering hot temperatures call for white wine. Whether you’re looking for a refreshing white to enjoy outdoors or want something to drink with lobster or other shellfish, the HB (Hugues Beaulieu) Picpoul de Pinet 2010 from La Cave de Pomerols is the perfect pairing.

Picpoul de Pinet comes from the Languedoc region in southwest France. It is a region that, while not as famous as the neighboring Rhône, is producing delicious wines from several of the same varietals.

Picpoul de Pinet is made entirely from the Picpoul (or Piquepoul) grape. The wine bottle makes it easy to spot — slim and green, Picpoul de Pinet is marked with a Cathar cross and ring of waves on the neck.

If you are a fan of Sauvignon Blanc, you must try Picpoul de Pinet. The 2010 HB Picpoul is fresh and crisp with racy acidity. Pale straw yellow in color, the wine has citrus and white flower aromas. Lime, honeydew, white grapefruit and green pear flavors along with a hint of Meyer lemon and mineral notes make for a lively sip. Super refreshing, the HB Picpoul de Pinet is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.

Because the HB Picpoul de Pinet is lighter in alcohol it is great for hot weather — though you’ll surely want to enjoy any time of year.

Much like Albariño from Spain, Picpoul de Pinet demands to be paired with seafood. One sip of the 2010 HB Picpoul de Pinet and you will be craving raw oysters. This wine goes well with a variety of shellfish and white fleshed fish, as well as salads and light pasta dishes.

A bottle of the Cave de Pomerols HB Picpoul de Pinet 2010 costs $12.

alcohol 12.5% by volume

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