Cave de l'Ormarine, Acaciae de l’Ormarine 2020

RRP £20

The tiny Mediterranean appellation of Picpoul de Pinet, bounded to the north by the garrigue-scented Languedoc forest and scrubland and to the south by the oyster beds of the Bassin de Thau, is responsible for more than half the entire white wine production of the Languedoc. Iain Munson MW, the head winemaker of the huge producer Maison Jeanjean (which has a partnership with Cave de l’Ormarine), has long been interested in the ageing possibilities of Picpoul and experimented with various styles of oak before deciding acacia best expressed the fine aromatics of Picpoul Blanc. This – which he describes as his stab at a Picpoul “icon” – is aged for several months in concrete on fine lees before four months in 500l acacia barrels. It’s a splendid, profoundly juicy and savoury mouthful with a lovely saline finish (it’s irresistible with oysters). It’s complex and weighty, with fresh flavours of pear and white flowers, managing to hint at both pine-scented garrigue and the salty tang of sea-breeze. A delicious summer wine, and as an experiment (Munson has produced only 3000 bottles), a triumph.

Score

Wine Details

Colour

white

Wine Style

Still

Grape Varieties

Piquepoul Blanc (100%)

Alcohol

13%

Bottle size

750ml

Drink dates

2021 - 2023

Origin

Country

France

Region

Languedoc-Roussillon

Sub-region

Picpoul de Pinet AOP

Tasting Information

Blind

No

Tasted by

Adam Lechmere

UK Stockist

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