Jean-Baptiste de Clock runs this estate (much older than the wine’s modern label suggests) close to Mèze and makes very fine Picpoul.
The passion of winegrower and wine-producer is an old tradition for the family de Clock. Originally from Holland, Jean Clock settled in Bordeaux in 1679, and decided to cultivate a vineyard in that region. As a result King Louis the XIV, who recognized the quality of his wines, naturalized him as a French citizen in 1686. In his lineage, Jean-Baptiste-Alexandre was ennobled in 1757 by Great Counsellor of the King (Conseiller Grand Secrétaire du Roi). Leon de Clock married Camille de Vulliod and like numerous generations of winegrowers before him, he undertook the management of the vineyard and the domaine. “Le Château Font-Mars” (The Castle of Font-Mars) is situated on the property at Mèze.
Since 1864 until today the property was managed by the ancestors of Camille (Privat, Allié, Guibert, de Vulliod). Jean-Baptiste de Clock, their youngest son, is now the owner and perpetuates both family traditions.
The vineyards cover 55 hectares and the terroir containes three different kins of soil: pliocène marin in the south, river formation in the west along the river Negue-Vaques, bégudo Rognacien, clay-chalk type in the Northeast.
Thanks to this genealogy and the terroir, their Picpoul de Pinet is a world apart from the often quite bland mass-produced versions made by the big co-operatives. Fossilised dinosaur eggs turn up in the limestone and clay vineyard soils from time to time.
The grapes are hand-picked at night when it’s coolest before being kept in stainless steel and bottled the following Spring.
This Picpoul is clean, lemony, taut and very dry but with an underlying depth and richness.
Match this Picpoul with oysters or fruits de mer, or just enjoy it by the glass!