Moulin de Gassac, Picpoul de Pinet
Moulin de Gassac, Picpoul de Pinet

Moulin de Gassac, Picpoul de Pinet

Languedoc, France 2022 (750mL)
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Moulin de Gassac, Picpoul de Pinet

Moulin de Gassac is a second label from the Guibert family of Mas de Daumas Gassac, the pioneering estate in the Hérault region of the Languedoc. The project, initiated in 1991, was born out of the same desire to showcase the unique terroir of the region, with Daumas Gassac enologists and agronomists partnering with local growers—and a nearby winemaking cooperative—to produce a line of affordable, place-expressive wines.

The Étang de Thau, or Bassin de Thau, is a large saltwater lagoon positioned about halfway between the Pyrenées Mountains and the Rhône River Delta, in France’s Languedoc. Vineyards occupy low-lying hills very close to the coast, in soils of sandy alluvial gravel; as you move inland and upland, soils shift to a more Provence-like mix of pebbly limestone and clay.

Sourced from an organically farmed five-hectare plot not far from the oyster beds and salty breezes of the Thau Lagoon, this is 100% Picpoul grown in gravel and limestone. The Daumas Gassac team ferments the wine in stainless steel using only ambient yeasts; the wine is then aged briefly in tanks (3-5 months) while in contact with its lees (spent yeasts).

Strongly reminiscent of Muscadet Sévre et Maine in terms of color (silvery straw-gold) and flavor (salty and citrusy, but with a slight creamy note from lees aging). Fresh, clean, and high in acid, it is perfectly suited for a plateau of freshly shucked oysters or a simply prepared whole grilled fish. Disappears quickly once opened!

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France

Bourgogne

Beaujolais

Enjoying the greatest wines of Beaujolais starts, as it usually does, with the lay of the land. In Beaujolais, 10 localities have been given their own AOC (Appellation of Controlled Origin) designation. They are: Saint Amour; Juliénas; Chénas; Moulin-à Vent; Fleurie; Chiroubles; Morgon; Régnié; Côte de Brouilly; and Brouilly.

Southwestern France

Bordeaux

Bordeaux surrounds two rivers, the Dordogne and Garonne, which intersect north of the city of Bordeaux to form the Gironde Estuary, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The region is at the 45th parallel (California’s Napa Valley is at the38th), with a mild, Atlantic-influenced climate enabling the maturation of late-ripening varieties.

Central France

Loire Valley

The Loire is France’s longest river (634 miles), originating in the southerly Cévennes Mountains, flowing north towards Paris, then curving westward and emptying into the Atlantic Ocean near Nantes. The Loire and its tributaries cover a huge swath of central France, with most of the wine appellations on an east-west stretch at47 degrees north (the same latitude as Burgundy).

Northeastern France

Alsace

Alsace, in Northeastern France, is one of the most geologically diverse wine regions in the world, with vineyards running from the foothills of theVosges Mountains down to the Rhine River Valley below.

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