Benjamin Darnault Picpoul de Pinet 2010 review

… is Pinot Grigio’s tearaway little cousin — who’s just come out of the sweet shop with a crafty grin on his face

Actually, enough of that shit. Here’s a wine review.

A condensation-misted bottle of Picpoul de Pinet: vibrant green bottle; label with simple line drawing of vineyards

So — how do you feel about pear drops? C’mon. Don’t tell me you’re indifferent. That’d be like saying you’re indifferent to Bruce Forsyth. Or Al Qaeda.

Pear drops are just something you have an opinion on, right?

Okay. Thanks.

So. If you like pear drops, you’ll like this nifty, zippy young Picpoul de Pinet from Naked Wines. Because it’s stuffed with the things. Like the pockets of a light-fingered schoolboy in a blind old woman’s sweetshop.

Just as well I like pear drops, eh?

What else? It’s dry, pale and light of body. Kind of like me, really.


I reckon a lot of people would love this wine. It’s accessible, lithe, unusual enough to start a conversation (about pear drops, obviously) but not outlandish.

It’s not entirely dissimilar to Pinot Grigio; it has that same light clarity. Like Pinot Grigio’s tearaway little cousin, maybe.

Pinot Grigio’s tearaway little cousin who’s just come out of the sweet shop with a crafty grin on his face.

Rating *** (3 stars)
ABV 12.5%
Price £9.99 full price — £6.66 (el numero del diablo!) for members — from Naked Wines

8 thoughts on “Benjamin Darnault Picpoul de Pinet 2010 review”

  1. I love pear drops so count me in on this one. I just wish I could find a shop that still sells them, sweets today aren’t what they used to be.

    Sadly the sign of the devil is equally devalued, it’s now thought to be 616 not 666 so it seems. Maybe they’ll have to drop the price…

    Love the blog btw.


    1. Ha!

      Thanks, Charles. I managed to sniff out a bag of pear drops in good old M&S the other day, in fact. I was delighted.

  2. Hi,
    Came to your blog via a comment you made on the Naked site for Benji’s Picpoul… I’m glad you enjoyed it!
    I’m Kat, his wife and have had a great time reading through your posts. They’re hilarious and so incredibly ‘coquin’!… love your style and will keep on reading.
    By the way (I don’t tweet or have a mobile phone so full text I’m sorry to say!), I hope you’re feeling better after the vino.
    The Vigneron’s wife

    1. Kat, thanks — lovely to hear from you, and my compliments to Benji on his wine.

      I was also beguiled by the term ‘coquin’ (though did have to look it up first).

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