Celebrate National Oyster Day with Ormarine Picpoul de Pinet on 5 August 2021

Ormarine, in partnership with Maison Jeanjean, is the leading producer of AOP Picpoul de Pinet, the most widely made white wine in the Languedoc region of the south of France and a very popular choice for summer drinking. Ormarine makes a range of innovative and sustainably produced Picpouls ranging from classic to their flagship wine which is aged for four months in Acacia barrels. But it is their classic Picpoul de Pinets like Villemarin and Conchylia that go so perfectly with oysters, so why not order a dozen or half and enjoy them with a glass of Ormarine Picpoul de Pinet on National Oyster Day on 5 August!

Ormarine vineyards beside the Etang de Thau and its oyster beds

Made from 100% Piquepoul grapes grown in vineyards which stretch from the foothills of the Cevennes near Montpellier around the curve of the Mediterranean to Béziers, Ormarine’s Picpoul de Pinets are such a classic match with oysters because of the closeness of their vines to the beautiful Etang de Thau – a vast saltwater lagoon beside the Med whose sea breezes bring subtle saline flavours to the wines. These cooling winds also enable the grapes to retain their freshness even in the scorching summer heat.

The Etang de Thau is also renowned for its oyster beds and seafood restaurants. The coastal village of Bouzigues in particular is known as one of the best places to sip a glass of Ormarine Picpoul de Pinet with a place of oysters while enjoying the beautiful view across the lagoon…

As well as being National Oyster Day on 5 August, it is also the start of wild native oyster season on 1 September and if you need any more reasons to indulge, oysters are also very healthy as they contain zinc, calcium, selenium and vitamins A and B12.  Alternatively for a more affordable treat, seafood, sushi or good old fish and chips will all pair very nicely with a glass of Ormarine Picpoul de Pinet too!

Maison Jeanjean, the driving force in the Languedoc for 6 generations, has as its ambition to create the best wines from the Languedoc and to distribute them around the world. It establishes long lasting partnerships with the best quality estates and cooperatives in the region like Ormarine, which has been a partner of Maison Jeanjean since 1985.

Cyril Payon, Director of Ormarine comments, “Ormarine Picpoul de Pinet is synonymous with summer, inexpensive, easy to recognize in its engraved green long necked bottles and very popular with UK consumers.” He continues, “As well as the classic match with oysters and seafood, our wines that we make in partnership with Maison Jeanjean, also make an exceptional summer aperitive with their subtle saline character and refreshing acidity.”

Ormarine’s Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2020 at Majestic £9.99/bottle or £7.49 mix six, abv 13%

A zingy white wine combining a delicious mix of floral and white flesh peach and apple aromas with a refreshing citrus acidity and a touch of salinity from the nearby Mediterranean.

Ormarine’s Conchylia Picpoul de Pinet 2020, abv 12.5% available at M&S rrp £9.00

An elegant dry aromatic white, it has plenty of finesse and style, appealing aromas of white flowers, passion fruit and citrus with a mouth-watering saline zing.