Tasting Notes: Hugues Beauvignac Picpoul de Pinet

Kevin and I were lucky enough to receive a couple of giftcards to Total Wine for our wedding, and we just so happened to come across one a few weeks back. I thought it would be a great opportunity to stock up on some inexpensive, every day wines since our stash of mid-priced wines seemed to be growing due to all the tastings we've done recently. I also wanted to pick up some new whites because we've both been trying to expand our palate. I had heard of Picpoul as being a great summer wine and I came across this bottle in the France section of the store. Since French wines have been my favorite recently, I thought why not?!

The Facts

  • Producer: Hugues de Beauvignac
  • Region: Languedoc-Roussillon region of France
  • Vintage: 2014
  • Variety: Picpoul de Pinet
  • Where I purchased: Total Wine
  • Price: $11.99
  • Eyes: This wine was a pale yellow color with maybe a hint of green. Not sure if my eyes were playing a trick on me based on the bottle color, but it was pretty typical of what I would expect of a light-bodied white that would be refreshing in the summer.
  • Nose: This wine smelled great and like summer. Citrus, specifically lime and maybe some grapefruit, and minerals. Picpoul is often compared to Sauvignon Blanc, and while this one had citrus aromas, it was not as potent as a Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Mouth: We chilled this wine pretty well, and my first thought was "refreshing". That seems to be the buzzword of the summer, but I'm okay with it! It was light-bodied and the citrus flavors came through as well. Good acidity... not too acidic where it stung or too flabby either.
  • Thoughts: We both really enjoyed this wine and thought it paired especially well with our dinner, which was spicy shrimp with sauteed kale and parmesan quinoa. The recipe was easy and DELICIOUS, and you can find it here. I wanted a white to pair with the shrimp, and with spicy foods, you want a low alcohol wine since alcohol heightens the spicy sensation. I looked at my whites on stash, and this one came in the lowest at 12.5% ABV. The milder citrus flavor (when compared to Sauvignon Blanc) and the hint of minerals made this a great pairing with various aspects of dinner. This wine also has a screw cap which makes it perfect for taking to a BBQ or picnic!