A clear, light gold in colour. Fresh aromas of peaches, apricots and citrus fruits. The texture is very crisp with good acidity. The flavours are of stone fruits, white flowers with a dash of lemon and lime. Very bright and cleansing finish. Serve with linguine of crab and chilli, moules mariniere or a simple new potato salad.
The tiny appellation of Picpoul de Pinet is to be found on the shores of the Bassin de Thau to the South of Pezenas and is part of the sprawling Coteaux du Languedoc appellation. Chateau de la Mirande itself is located in the commune of Castelnau-de-Guers and is run by Joseph Albajan who makes a typically thirst-quenching Picpoul de Pinet from the ancient Piquepoul grape.
The terroir of La Mirande is a clay-limestone mix on south-facing terraces with vines of between 30-100 years old. Traditional culture using cordon de Royat with green harvesting and organic viticulture are at the heart of the estate's philosophy. Grapes are harvested at night, pneumatic pressure, and must settling. Temperature controlled fermentation (14-16C) for 20-25 days in concrete tank.