Picpoul de Pinet versus Muscadet

Oysters with Picpoul de Pinet

Picpoul de Pinet quite often gets described as the Muscadet of the Midi.  They are both dry wines, without a lot of aroma, and they both go a treat with an oyster.  But how often you do have the chance to compare the two wines side by side?   In my experience, virtually never, but at Genesis Wines’ spring tasting, I had the opportunity to do just that. There, side by side, on the tasting table were a Muscadet and a Picpoul de Pinet.

2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie, Chantegrolle, Domaine Poiron Dabin

This is not an estate that I am familiar with, but the wine struck me as a classic Muscadet, with a firm backbone of acidity, but also with some weight, as it has been kept for several months on its lees.

A light colour, with a fresh firm stony nose, and a tight-knit palate with a rounded finish.  It was dry and balanced.

2017 Terre de Roqueloupie, Picpoul de Pinet

2017 Terre de Roqueloupie, Picpoul de Pinet

This is Domaine des Lauriers under another name.  The name is familiar, but I have to admit that I have yet to visit them – on the (never-ending) list!

The nose was quite rounded, with some firm stony fruit, and the palate was slightly softer than the Muscadet, but with a very good saline finish.  You can definitely taste the marine influence in the wine, maybe more than in the Muscadet.   So in a nutshell, they were different, but comparable.

Just bring on the oysters!

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