Jadix Picpoul de Pinet 2018
Clear yellow color with green highlights. Intense fruity bouquet of citrus and exotic fruits. Fresh in the mouth with good acidity and the unique hint of salinity typical of Picpoul. Serve chilled with fish, shellfish and Mediterranean dishes.
Jadix is an extraordinary white wine made from the indigenous Picpoul grape in the Picpoul de Pinet region in the South of France. The vineyard is located in an area stretching along the string of lakes that make up the Thau lagoon, and bound by the ancient fishing villages of Agde, Pézenas and Sète. These “marine” vineyards” are among the oldest in the Mediterranean. Because of their prized location close to the sea, the vineyards are planted on a plateau of fossilized oyster beds, limestone, gravel and quartz soil and benefit from a sunny and dry climate tempered with the breezes from the Mediterranean. An elaborate subsoil network of fresh water and salt water conduits under the vineyards nourish the vines and contribute to the unique flavor of Jadix. Picpoul, which means “lip stinger” because of the naturally high acidic level, is a fruity, fresh, wine with delicious and slightly saline flavors. It is often described as the “Muscadet of the Languedoc-Roussillon”.
The grapes are harvested at night starting mid-August to retain flavor and freshness. The vineyard is composed of old vines of 25 years old in average. Cold maceration and fermentations at low temperatures. Aging on the lees to add smoothness and complexity. Certified Vegan. Organic practices.
Sipping a glass of crisp white wine in the Mediterranean heat is an instinctive reflex, one which the inhabitants of Languedoc have met with the Picpoul grape since Roman times. The grape, widely planted until the late 19th century, became bound to the sandy soils around the Étang de Thau coastal lagoon during the phylloxera epidemic, where the root-sucking American louse cannot thrive. Picpoul de Pinet is one of the few AOCs in the Languedoc where only one grape is allowed, but the refreshing, mouthwatering quality of the wines makes clear why.
Late to ripen and high in acid, Picpoul (whose name means “lip-stinger”) does well in the coastal heat where aridity reduces the threat of downy mildew and the sea-scented breeze imbues the wine with seafood-friendly salinity. Made to be drunk young, with a fresh floral, citrus and herbal character, it will go down equally well by itself or in the company of brandade, octopus, or ceviche!
Picpoul remains one of the few wines in France named for the grape more than the place; Picpoul de Pinet refers to the white wines made exclusively from the grape called Piquepoul Blanc in the Languedoc communes of Pinet, Mèze, Florensac, Castelnau-de-Guers, Montagnac and Pomérols. Confusingly, the spelling, Piquepoul, can be used for the variety in all other appellations except for those named above. The grape is ubiquitous throughout the Languedoc. Somm Secret—Pomérols is a commune in the Languedoc-Rousillon region in the south of France and has nothing to do with the Bordeaux village of virtually the same name, Pomerol.