(4) Team Time Trial, Montpellier: Hugues Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet 2007

STAGE:  Astana

YELLOW:  Cancellara

WHITE: Martin

GREEN: Cavendish

POLKA DOT: Veikkanen

TEAM: Astana

LANTERN ROUGE: Alan Perez Lezaun

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COMMENTS: Odd to root for anything Kazak, frankly, but go Astana!

WINE: Hugues Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet 2007

TYPE: White

GRAPE(S): Picpoul (Folle Blanche)

REGION: Languedoc

PRICE: 10.49

VENDOR: Steve’s

NOTES: Fresh and fine aromas of grapefruit and exotic fruit. Lime flavors, with typical focusing acidity, are hallmarks of Picpoul. A great value, this wine impresses novices and hardened geeks equally. Known as ‘the Muscadet of the South’ in France, this is to the Mediterranean coast of France what Albariño is to northwest Spain…the default wine for fresh shellfish and seafood

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1038712

The latest installment of a perennial amazing value, the 2007 Coteaux du Languedoc Picpoul de Pinet Hugues Beaulieu from the region’s Cave de Pomerols coop smells of clover, musk melon and sea air. Subtly chalky, it finishes with invigorating salinity, juicy, melon fruit, and a virtual crunch of fresh garden greens. Here is a wine that delivers the lilt, minerality, and refreshment reminiscent of a Muscadet, dry Riesling, or Jacquerre-based Savoie white, but with relatively low acidity and a soft mouth-feel.
Wine Advocate (#178, Aug. 2008), 88 pts

“Run, do not walk, to your favorite retail store or to your computer keyboard and track down the Hugues Beaulieu Picpoul de  Pinet 2007, Coteaux du Languedoc, in the South of France. Produced from white picpoul grapes by a cooperative called Cave de Pomérols, all in stainless steel, the wine offers an amazing rich, spicy savory character. Notes of green apple and pear waft from the glass, with a touch of fig and a hint of honey, though the wine is completely, almost dauntlessly, dry. In the mouth, the texture is smooth and would be close to luxurious if not for the bright blade of acid that makes the wine seem to pulse with animation. Flavors run to roasted lemon and lemon balm with a hint of fig and roasted peach at the core. It takes a few sips, but you quickly realize that the wine exults in pure minerality, like a bell-tone of limestone and oyster shell. And speaking of oyster shells, it’s difficult to imagine a better wine to accompany fresh oysters or grilled shrimp, though we knocked this bottle back, um, I mean sipped it sagaciously, standing in the kitchen nibbling slices of Comté cheese, and it was great like that. Anyway, I’ll rate this wine Very Good+. The price? Are you ready? About $11, or A Bargain of the Ages.”
– Fredric Koeppel
http://www.biggerthanyourhead.net/


http://www.kysela.com/south/pomerols.htm

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