2008 Mermont Picpoul de Pinet, AC Coteaux de Languedoc
I needed a wine that was 1) drinkable, and 2) cheap enough so I wouldn't feel pain if I used it to cook clams. Hey, 1 out of 2 ain't bad.
I think there's an issue with these thin, grassy wines that choke your palate. There's a wave of white wines that mimic the absolute head-slamming herbaciousness of New Zealand sauvignon, that people somehow confuse for a fish wine. These wines don't go well with seafood. Period. With oysters, the grassiness just enhances the briny/salty flavour, and really ruins any subtlety the food might have.
But at least the clams came out real nice.DF