By Victoria Moore
Pic St-Loup is a mountain that sticks out of the limestone slopes to the north of Montpellier like one of those pointed plates on a stegosaurus's back. It rises out of the herb-infested scrubland with such authority that it has given its name to the red and rosé wines made in its vicinity from (predominantly) syrah, mourvèdre and grenache.
One of the fastest-rising stars of Languedoc, the Pic St-Loup wine region has not - yet - been granted an independent appellation contrôlée, existing for the time being as one of the so-called crus of the Coteaux du Languedoc AOC. But it does have an even harder to attain quality: buzz.