Nestled on the shores of the Mediterranean and the foothills of the Cevennes region of southern France, Chateau Puech-Haut’s vineyards span 625 acres in Côteaux du Languedoc AOC, including 230 acres in Saint Drézéry and 55 acres in Pic Saint Loup. The estate’s vineyards are mainly planted to red grapes: Syrah, Grenache and Carignan (50-60-year-old vines).
The winery was started on a whim by visionary, Gérard Bru. He saw a vineyard of olive trees that he thought was sitting on very special soil. He believed the unique terroir was ideal for growing premium grapes, with its clay and limestone soils topped with a layer of rounded pebbles. Ever since they’ve been making wine, Bru’s vision has become a reality – these are some of Languedoc’s most decorated Reds.
This is a particularly juicy blend that Parker’s Wine Advocate described as “sexy” in the 2017 vintage. The breakdown is 70% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 8% Mourvedre, 2% Carignan, creating a full-bodied, succulent Southern French Red blend that is as classy as they come.
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95 Points, 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.
93 Points, 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.