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For almost 20 years they sold their viticultural production to the local Co-op. In 1999, when their young daughter Julie returned to the do- maine, they bottled part of their production for the first time. At Julie’s insistence, the Benau’s have set their sights on putting only the highest quality wines in bottle. In 2001, they bottled a mere, 2,000 cases at the domaine (2 cuvées of Picpoul de Pinet, a VDP Red and a Rosé).
In 1773, Turgot (Louis XVI’s Minister) appointed the PICPOUL vines and ordered that each barrel from the Pinet area should be made with his crest. In 1860, during the reign of Napoleon III, Picpoul de Pinet was already fashionable, as seen in a painting in the Louvre. In 1946, Picpoul de Pinet was classified as VDQS (Vin Délimité de Qualité Supérieure).