H&B Picpoul de Pinet
Bordering the inland lake of Etang de Thau, Picpoul de Pinet vines overlook the sea and benefit from relatively cool terroirs.
Throughout the summer this mild maritime influence preserve freshness and a crispness to the fruit. The Picpoul de Pinet being a late ripening grape, benefits from these Mediterranean climatic conditions, allowing the preservation of aromas and flavours until the harvest at the end of September or early October.
Winemaking is carried out in 100% stainless steel and concrete tanks.
Organic Wine, certified FR-BIO-01
Awards: Guide Hachette
2 Stars, 2021
1 Star, 2020
Pale lemon colour with green inflections. Aromas of very ripe peach and exotic fruit, with some resin notes. Its medium-full body has a vivid character – nice maturity in an ample, round and generous palate – green apple crispness, lemony citrus and peachy stone fruit with a very refreshing finish.
Perfect as an aperitif and to accompany tapas, oysters, shellfish and fish.
About the Producer
Hecht & Bannier
Maison Hecht & Bannier is a ‘Negociant Eleveur’ dedicated to sourcing and then blending wines from the Mediterrean regions. They started in 2001 with partners Gregory Hecht and François Bannier assembling four cuvées of Southern France appellations.
Convinced that the Roussillon to Provence region has not yet received the international recognition that it deserves for its quality and diverse vineyards, they have expanded their passion for blending and now visit hundreds of producers to select the best juice. Often the grapes come from vineyards in the cooler foothills where it isn’t unusual to see hundred year-old vines.
The goal is to have the H&B label become the bench-mark for wines in a range of appellations, allowing wine-lovers to discover the extraordinary quality and wealth of the region.
Each blend is usually based on 5 to 10 samples from the 15-30 that have been pre-selected; some very good wines are rejected because they do not express H&B’s vision of the appellation. The blend can change between vintages to remain true to each specific geographical origin, while emphasising particularly successful grapes or vineyards in each harvest.
Once the long selection process has come to an end, H&B then begin to create the blends and decide the ‘elevage’ options. The overiding aim is to conserve the typical Mediterranean strength in their wines while preserving balance and vitality for all the appellations produced.
In 2022 they achieved B Corp certification. This international label rewards businesses that aspire to be agents of change and measure their social and environmental impact, accelerating the transition towards a more inclusive, fair, and regenerative economy.