2014 Chateau Puech Haut La Closerie Du Pic Coteaux Du Languedoc
currant, blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, blackberry , violet , oak , smoke , toast , vanilla, black currant, dust and leather
spice box, cedar, dark fruit, thyme , clove , cinnamon , black pepper , mint, vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco and red fruit
"Château Puech-Haut occupies 170 hectares including 100 hectares of vines in Saint-Drézéry, a small village 15 km northeast of Montpellier, in the foothills of the Cevennes and belongs to the AOC Coteause du Langedoc. In Provence, a "Puech" means a small hill (or mountain), a "Puech-Haut" is a hill higher than the others. This position, “on a hill higher than the others”, is conducive to exceptional drainage for the vineyards. The clay and limestone soil is composed of boulders brought by the Rhône in the Quaternary and its plots reside on hillsides protected from excessive temperatures by the nearby Mediterranean Sea and winds including the Mistral, the north wine pervasive in the region.
This wine comes from vines 40 - 75 year old vines. A short distance away from Saint-Drézèry is the famed Pic Saint Loup, a region named for the jagged, limestone mountain at its center. Here elevation and poor limestone soils combine to make wines of incredible freshness and balance despite their southerly latitude. Gerard Bru has taken note of this terroir, one that very close to his home base in Saint-Drézèry yet at the same time quite apart. Together with Philippe Cambie and Eric Solomon he has crafted a wine, Closerie du Pic, that captures the unique qualities of this region by blending Grenache, aged in tank, with Syrah aged in new and second-fill French oak barrels." -Importer