2013 La Reine Juliette Picpoul

"Considered the muscadet of the South, Picpoul is a bright, crystalline, mineral style of dry white wine with lime zest character, green highlights and acacia flower notes." Distributor Tasting Notes About the Winery Guillaume Allies fashions brisk and saline Picpoul from vineyards situated on the edge of the Thau Lagoon and thus influenced by limestone soils and Mediterranean sea breezes. Zippy and vibrant, it’s Pic-pic-pic-perfect as an aperitif wine, or with the traditional pairing of seafood (especially anchovies!) and shellfish, but it’s also the perfect accompaniment to assertive cheeses and charcuterie. Domaine Reine Juliette, supposedly named after a visit to the area by Queen Juliette, is the family vineyard of Guillaume Allies. It has vineyards on the southern side of the modern A9 Montpellier-Beziers road, which itself follows the course of the Roman Via Domitia, the main road from Italy to Spain. This southern part of the Pinet appellation is along the edge of the Bassin de Thau, a huge inland sea, and is the most affected by cooling sea breezes, which accounts for the particular freshness of expression is these whites. [+]