Chateau Puech-Haut Prestige Rouge 2017
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Languedoc is one of the most exciting regions in France right now. Château Puech-Haut is a prestigious estate in the eastern Languedoc producing top quality wines for very reasonable prices. The wines from Puech-Haut are rich and lush but also show the earthy and mineral character of the rocky clay-limestone soils of the region. They benefit from both its proximity to the Mediterranean and the rugged, mountainous interior.
Located 20 km North East from Montpellier, Puech-Haut’ soils spread out on 250 ha between 50 and 150 m height. This terroir is made of round pebbles on top of a 4 meters clay layer has a Mediterranean climate.
In the 2017 vintage a spring heat wave was followed by a dry summer. The harvest was two weeks ahead on average, with smaller quantities than normal, the lowest harvest of the last 15 years.
The grapes came into the winery very early in the morning (2 to 8 AM), maceration takes place in concrete tanks and last 50 days for the syrah and 35 days for the other varietals. Vinification also takes place in concrete tanks, 100% of the wine is aged in 228 liters barrels coming from Burgundy or Tronçais oak forest. Medium or medium + toast, no fining and no filtration.
95 Jeb Dunnuck - The 2017 Tête De Belier shows the changing style at this estate and offers a more Northern Rhône vibe in its green olive, bacon fat, smoked herbs, and meaty black fruits. Based on 70% Syrah, 20% Grenache, and the rest Mourvèdre and Carignan, aged in barrel, it’s medium to full-bodied, has a concentrated yet focused texture, and a great finish. It’s going to benefit from a year or two of bottle age. Range: 93-95 points
93 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - The 2017 Languedoc Saint Drezery Tête de Bélier is a sexy blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 5% each Carignan and Mourvèdre. Smoke, garrigue and black-cherry scents all combine on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is spicy, rich and concentrated, offering plenty of substance to chew on and adding hints of licorice on the long finish.