Picpoul de Pinet, with vineyards spreading over 3,500 acres, is the largest white wine appellation of the Languedoc and its own AOC since 1985. It is located in the Herault department, west of the Mediterranean “Lion’s Gulf”. The area forms a triangle bounded by the cities of Agde, Pézenas and Sète. The vineyards are planted around the Thau lagoon, which is the largest oyster pond in Europe, fitting as it pairs best with shellfish. Chapelle du Bastion is produced by a group of growers located in Florensac.
The grape is unique to the Languedoc region due to its warm and dry climate, as the region sees over 300 days of sun a year, making the wine as unique as its signature bottle shape.
Harvesting takes place at night to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and preserve the grape from oxidation. The whole vinification process occurs in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged on the lees for a minimum of 4 months. There is no malolactic fermentation to maintain good acidity and allow the full expression of the Piquepoul.