2014 Chateau Puech Haut La Closerie Du Pic Coteaux Du LanguedocBlend from France
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"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...
- 91-94 Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
91-94 Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"...the 2014 La Closerie du Pic (same blend/elevage) offers beautiful purity and suppleness in its black raspberry and chocolate-laced aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, rounded and textured, with sweet tannin and a voluptuous, fruit forward style, it too should drink nicely on release.
Owned by Gerard Bru, Chateau Puech-Haut lies just outside the village of Saint Drezery, located to the northeast of Montpellier. The estate covers over 100 hectare and they receive consulting advise from Philippe Cambie. While they opted to not produce their limited production cuvees in 2013, they will in 2014, which is a solid vintage for the estate, and this region of the Languedoc. The style here is ripe, yet the wines have beautiful purity and plenty of freshness. In addition, the tannin quality is superb, and the wines are always a joy to drink. This is easily one of my favorite estates from the south of France."
"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
91-94 - Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Varietal(s)||Syrah / Shiraz, Mourvedre / Mataro / Monastrell / Garrut, Grenache / Garnacha|
|Features||Organic and Biodynamic|
|Taste||currant, blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, blackberry , violet , oak , smoke , toast , vanilla, black currant, dust and leather|
|Nose||spice box, cedar, dark fruit, thyme , clove , cinnamon , black pepper , mint, vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco and red fruit|