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Saturday, 22 May 2021

Paul Mas Picpoul de Pinet 2020

A Languedoc Picpoul from Paul Mas

The only thing worse than Lockdown is Lockdown plus Bad Weather. 

All. Year.

From January to late May.

At least last year's summer-long heatwave meant that you could sit in the garden or enjoy going for a walk without having to pile on the layers.

The second year of Lockdown is proving even more of a drag than the first not least because the weather seems permanently stuck in late-winter mode; cold and wet.

But, with under a month until the longest day of the year, the weather must turn good soon, shouldn't it?

If you are still on the Big Reds, there's hope that things will improve and we can move onto summery whites soon.

Picpoul, from Languedoc, is a classic summer sipper that matches well with seafood, such as oysters.

It is light, refreshing and zippy; a southern alternative to Muscadet.

Vignobles Paul Mas Picpoul de Pinet, 2020 (£7.50, Co-op)

Green apple, pear  and white peach with tropical lemon-and-lime fruit, acacia and and hawthorn blossom; herbaceous, mineral and refreshing, mouth-filling green apple; balanced and structured.


Drink as an aperitif, summer sipper or with seafood. Or take on a picnic.

Midweek Wines' Brian Elliot makes it his runner-up for Best Picpoul in 202: 

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