Piquepoul Extra Brut


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Tasting Notes

With a delicately spiced, fruity nose, this wine is fresh and nicely rounded with plenty of texture and ripe lemon acidity.

Producer Details

Cave de l'Ormarine is an award-winning co-operative which produces wines from the tiny Pinet de Picpoul appellation in the Hérault. The Ormarine cellar was established in 1922 when winegrowers from Pinet joined forces and formed a winegrowers’ association. Its flagship Picpoul wines are fresh and terroir-driven, and hugely influenced by both the Mediterranean Sea and the Etang de Thau, which act as a thermal regulator for the vineyards. Cave de l'Ormarine has made significant investment in its winery, and prides itself on the high standard and traceability of its grapes.

In the vineyard

Grown on southern slopes overlooking tidal sea lakes which create a microclimate which moderates weather and encourages cooler breezes to pass through. The piquepoul grape is native to southern France where, even this far south, can yield fruit with high acidity that is perfect for sparkling wines. There are two theories as to the meaning of the word ‘piquepoul’ – the first translation is ‘lip stinger’ which is the effect of the high acidity of the grape; the second refers hens (‘poul’) in the vineyards pecking/lancing (‘picque’) the low hanging grapes. The soil around this area is chalky with high fossil and quartz content.

In the winery

Produced using the principles of 'agriculture raisonnée', this has been made with the traditional method. Classified as a 'VMQS', it has undergone a second fermentation in bottle before ageing on its lees for at least 9 months.

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Producer Cave de L'Ormarine
Country France
Region Languedoc
Grape Varieties Picpoul
Alcohol 12.00%
Food Match Fantastic with oysters and shellfish as the perfectly pitched acid neutralises the salt and iodine in seafood.
Bottle Size 75cl

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