Félines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet 2015, Languedoc, France
This is suffused with brilliant aromas of white peach, pink grapefruit, sweet lemon, apple, anis, fennel, bergamot, with a touch of woodsmoke. The palate balances the almost honeyed fruit ripeness with a very lively lemon acidity that gives the wine its purpose and considerable length, making it perfect with oysters and other seafood.
From 45 hectares in the Coulette and Cadastres vineyards, on gentle east facing slopes, benefiting from the sea breezes and Mediterranean climate, on a variety of different soils of red earth, gravel and chalky clay, which lend complexity to the wines. The vines are between 5 and 25 years old. Grapes are harvested between 20 September and 5 October.
Instead of cold settling (debourbage) for 48 hours, Claude kept the the juice and skins moving in contact at very low temperatures for 7 days in order to extract more aroma and richness before pressing gently into stainless steel tank. Then the wine was fermented very slowly during almost one month at temperatures controlled up to 18oC to achieve the balance of fruit freshness and aromatic complexity. The wine is matured 3 months on its lees in stainless steel tank. The wine is bottled lightly filtered.