|Producer||Dom La Croix Gratiot|
Organic/Bio Lower ABV For years the Ricome family sold their Picpoul grapes from seaside vineyards in the Languedoc to the nearby Caves de Pomerol (if you drank the so-called “Inn at Little Washington house white” in the late 1990s or early 2000s, their fruit could have been in there!). But brothers Yves and Hugues Ricome opted out of the co-op in 2005 to bottle their own wine and Yves’s daughter, Anaïs, took over winemaking in 2006. Her organic farming and creative, super-cool, fermentation locks in more intensity and fruit than you’ll find in most Picpouls.
As Tamlyn Currin said of the 2019 edition in JancisRobinson.com, "Pure peaches and apricots: body, soul and mind. Saline runnels, samphire in the folds, but this wine is all about peaches and apricots and sea spray." In 2021, notes of ripe pear, lime zest, and just cut green melon join the party as well. Although just 12.5% alcohol, the wine has real breadth and depth on your palate with a perfect balance of crunchy-ripe fruit and salty limestone and seashell minerality. The zestiness quenches your thirst and the complexity keeps you coming back for more. Sure, it’s a terrific oyster wine. But it’s also the perfect all-purpose party white, sure to delight fans of unoaked Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and more. All from a very attractive bargain price.
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