Piquette is a low alcohol wine traditionally made for vineyard workers to quench their thirst during or after a hard day’s work in the sun.
The recipe is simply:
After pressing the grape pomace to extract the remainder of its juice, you pour over some spring water and let it ferment a second time.
The result is a light, juicy and extremely refreshing wine.
It’s not a wine whose aromatic complexity you will dwell on for very long. Instead it’s a wine for immediate enjoyment. And a wine that you may choose to drink on occasions where you’d usually reach for a beer. A beverage for good times.
Piquette is fun!
And so is Fabien’s one liter of ‘Piquette Oldschool’.
When I poured my first glass of this wine it struck me: What if it had been served to me blind in a black glass?
Would I have guessed that it was a red wine?
I might have guessed orange.
Or perhaps I would have saved myself the embarrassment with the help of a couple of red references, namely István Bencze’s Pinot Noir and Karl Schnabel’s ‘Sausal’.
So it’s red. But why then do I get this white wine aroma?
Let’s have a look at the varieties.
Well, I don’t know about you, but except the last one I have no idea if these grapes are blue or green. So I did a little web searching. And it turns out that ‘Noual’ is a white wine variety. But that’s about the info I was able to find.
‘Autochtones’ is Fabien Jouves’ celebration of four forgotten local varieties. In the chalky soils of his southwestern France.
Besides the fruity nose of an aromatic orange, it is…
– Juicy like the juiciest of Gamays.
– Cheekily volatile
– An energetic youngster
– Gone like dew before the sun
Thanks Fabien – for introducing me to your forgotten friends!