L’Ormarine Extra Brut Piquepoul
Grown on southern slopes overlooking tidal sea lakes which create a microclimate which moderates weather and encourages cooler breezes to pass through. The piquepoul grape is native to southern France where, even this far south, can yield fruit with high acidity that is perfect for sparkling wines. There are two theories as to the meaning of the word ‘piquepoul’ – the first translation is ‘lip stinger’ which is the effect of the high acidity of the grape; the second refers hens (‘poul’) in the vineyards pecking/lancing (‘picque’) the low hanging grapes. The soil around this area is chalky with high fossil and quartz content. Produced using the principles of 'agriculture raisonnée', this has been made with the traditional method. Classified as a 'VMQS', it has undergone a second fermentation in bottle before ageing on its lees for at least 9 months.
With a delicately spiced, fruity nose, this wine is fresh and nicely rounded with plenty of texture and ripe lemon acidity.
An ideal apéritif; even better when followed by a platter of oysters, mussels, and grilled fish as would be traditional on the shores of the Étang de Thau, the famous oyster and mussel saltwater lake close to Cave de l'Ormarine.