91 Insider Points
The 2014 release from La Domitienne is a racy and delicious wine, with a gentle nose of white flowers and fleshy tree fruit. The palate is juicy but crisp with crunchy apple and pear notes over white peach and a subtle spice character. A true summer sipper with great acidity and balance, you can’t go wrong here. Enjoy now through 2018. - DZ July 2016
This wine sings with seafood dishes such as marinated anchovies, smoked shrimps, or naturally, a gigantic oyster platter.
We are relishing these warmer days and evenings, picnics and friends as Summer is in full-swing, and we have found a lovely, light French wine to complement the seasonal fare to relax and savor. The 2014 La Domitienne Picpoul de Pinet is crisp and very fresh, and is a 100% Picpoul French country wine that delivers citrus, mineral, melon and green apple notes. Delicate and fresh in the mouth, it has an excellent acid/structure balance.
Freshness and bright acidity are essential in Picpoul's role as the requisite accompaniment to the oysters of the neighboring Thau Basin. L'Etang de Thau is one of the finest sources for shellfish on France's Mediterranean coast. The 2014 La Domitienne Picpoul de Pinet pairs beautifully with the local cuisine as It neutralizes the salt and iodine in shellfish and other crustaceans. However, you don’t need to find yourself along the France’s Mediterranean coast on the Rhône River to enjoy this beautiful pairing. We love how it complements oysters, anchovies, herbed Mediterranean foods, and how it is surprisingly good with rich cheese and charcuterie. The 2014 La Domitienne Picpoul de Pinet is best drunk young and cool, around 48 degrees Fahrenheit.
The love of wine has inspired expression from the great writers of our time, which can truly move the reader. I like to think Earnest Hemingway might have been enjoying a Picpoul as he vividly wrote in A Moveable Feast,
“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”
The AOC Languedoc Picpoul de Pinet vineyards cover some 1400 hectares (3000 acres) around the Thau lagoon to the west of the Mediterranean Golfe de Lyon. It forms a triangle bounded by Agde, Pézenas and Sète and is the largest white wine producer in the Languedoc.
Crisp and very fresh French country white with citrus, mineral, melon and green apple notes. Great with shellfish, poultry or picnic fare.
Château Maris is the vision of Englishman Robert Eden, who emigrated to France over 20 years ago to pursue his dream of crafting wines that reflect, rather than mask the land on which the grapes are grown. Robert's approach to winemaking is based on the fundamental premise that wine is "grown", not "made".
To craft wines that reveal the true character of the land, Château Maris strictly adheres to biodynamics, which is in effect a supercharged system of organic farming. Similar to organic farming, biodynamics adopts a holistic approach that views the entire vineyard as a living system that is impacted by its surroundings. Biodynamics seeks to encourage vitality in the vineyard by introducing live matter into the soil through intensive composting. In addition, biodynamics places a strong emphasis on harnessing naturally occurring cycles.