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||Vermentino, Roussanne, Carignan Blanc
"PICO is a light, fresh, easy-drinking wine made from Vermentino and Carignan Blanc. Light straw in colour, with fresh flowery and lime aromas, and a complex finish. Best enjoyed young as an aperitif or with light foods.
The Carignan Blanc is from a single hillside block of vines planted in 1961 on well-drained limestone cailloutis (highly fragmented) soil. The Vermentino (called Rolle in the Midi) and Roussanne were grafted by us in 1995 and 1996 onto Carignan Noir vines in a cool river-terrace block, with rocky limestone soils." - Winery
About the Producer
After buying the property, Kim and Robert discovered that their eighteen hectares of vineyards sit just outside of the Pic St. Loup appellation,
and consequently had to take the Coteaux du Languedoc and Vin de Pays de lâHÃ©rault designations. Initially, this was a great disappointment to
them, because they believed their wines merited the status of a Languedoc cru. In spite of these constraints, the Cripps showcase the power of
their own terroir with great success. Their secret is in the soil, which is predominantly limestone, with a high concentration of magnesium.
According to the Cripps, this is what gives their wine its freshness. Their hard work and persistence have allowed them to discover their own
distinct sense of place, offering wines with deep aromas of bright red berries, garrigue, and forest floor. After fifteen years of farming these
beautiful vineyards, the Cripps have realized the potential of their terroir to make the freshest, brightest wines youâll find in this hot, southern
climate. Thomas Jefferson, who had a pretty good palate, singled out Poujol as one of the great vineyard sites when he went tasting around
20 km/12 miles north-west of Montpellier, and situated between Pic St Loup, Aniane and St Georges d'Orques, Domaine du Poujol currently has 12 hectares of vines on south-facing hill slopes and terraces above the River Mosson. Six hectares are classified as Appellation Controlee Gres de Montpellier, four as AOC Languedoc and the remaining two hectares are Indication Geographic Protegee, formerly known as Vin de Pays. The remainder of the 66 hectare domaine is 'garrigue', the southern French name for dense, deep-rooted, evergreen shrubs and small trees, with numerous herbs and wild flowers.
About the Winemakers
In 1994 the Cripps family - Robert and Kim, and Robert's retired parents, Dick and Ann - bought this 66 hectare domaine.
Robert began working in the wine trade in Oxford and later in London in the 1980's. He became interested in wine-making when he took summer vacation to work harvest in Napa Valley in California.
After finishing his degree from London School of Economics, Robert went back to California to work for Saintsbury, Carneros Creek, Murphy Goode and finally as assistant winemaker at Peter Michael Winery. Kim worked 10 years in Napa Valley for Beringer, Clos du Bois and Sterling Vineyards/Seagram in senior financial management.
After a year of rain and part-time work in Burgundy, Robert and Kim began looking for a place in the sun and found Domaine du Poujol in the Languedoc region. The area was begining to change from producing wine in large quantity and low quality and the potential of the domaine was waiting to be fully realised.
Since 1994 Robert and Kim have become part of the local winemaking community, and are using their experience and the best French winemaking traditions to develop the domaine. Languedoc, with Provence, is the oldest winemaking area in France, dating back to Greek settlers on the coast in the 6th century BC, and historically, culturally, and gastronomically, it is open to influences from the wider Mediterranean world.