Château Puech-Haut Grenache Blend Coteaux du Languedoc Saint-Drézéry Cuvée Prestige 2009

External Review by JJ Buckley Fine Wines:

Puech-Haut s 2009 Coteaux du Languedoc Saint-Drezery Quercus - named for a prominent oak tree at this spot in their vineyards not for oak employed in elevage - represents their exploration of pure Grenache vinified without de-stemming. Violet and rose petal mingle with scents of strawberry and black raspberry preserves whose sweet juices richly and caressingly coat the palate tinged with tamarind and licorice and underlain by a saliva-inducing impression of salted roast meat pan drippings such as I would more have expected from a Syrah- or Mourvedre-dominated cuvee. What s more there is a faintly but insistently tart edge to the berries here that offers a sense of excitation. That said these virtues have to work against considerable sense of alcoholic heat in an otherwise luxuriant finish even though we re dealing here with a grape in general notoriously welcoming of high must weights. It should be fascinating to see how this develops over the next several years but I m not going to try to handicap it beyond then until I see for myself. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.

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Château Puech-Haut:
Château Puech-Haut is a biodynamically farmed estate in the Languedoc in southern France. Gerald Bru oversees production, with many important winemakers over the years including Michel Rolland, Claude Gros and Phillipe Cambie. Many of the grapes are sourced from older vines, some 60-75 years old, resulting in very concentrated and structured flavors. The fruit for the wines was originally so... Read more
Château Puech-Haut is a biodynamically farmed estate in the Languedoc in southern France. Gerald Bru oversees production, with many important winemakers over the years including Michel Rolland, Claude Gros and Phillipe Cambie. Many of the grapes are sourced from older vines, some 60-75 years old, resulting in very concentrated and structured flavors. The fruit for the wines was originally sold to other winemakers, then Puech-Haut began producing wine under its own label starting in 1996. The “Cuvée Prestige” is its most successful release, from Syrah and Grenache, aged in concrete tanks (the Syrah spends a small amount of time in oak to give it some punctuation). Others include the “Bosc Negre,” which is made of 100% Mourvedre and the all-Grenache “Quercus.”  Read less

External Reviews for Château Puech-Haut Grenache Blend Coteaux du Languedoc Saint-Drézéry Cuvée Prestige

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/20/2013

Puech-Haut s 2009 Coteaux du Languedoc Saint-Drezery Quercus - named for a prominent oak tree at this spot in their vineyards not for oak employed in elevage - represents their exploration of pure Grenache vinified without de-stemming. Violet and rose petal mingle with scents of strawberry and black raspberry preserves whose sweet juices richly and caressingly coat the palate tinged with tamarind and licorice and underlain by a saliva-inducing impression of salted roast meat pan drippings such as I would more have expected from a Syrah- or Mourvedre-dominated cuvee. What s more there is a faintly but insistently tart edge to the berries here that offers a sense of excitation. That said these virtues have to work against considerable sense of alcoholic heat in an otherwise luxuriant finish even though we re dealing here with a grape in general notoriously welcoming of high must weights. It should be fascinating to see how this develops over the next several years but I m not going to try to handicap it beyond then until I see for myself. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/20/2013

Puech-Haut s new all-Mourvedre bottling 2009 Coteaux du Languedoc Saint-Drezery Bosc Negre strikes me as supporting the reasonable hypothesis that this grape is especially well-suited to an expressive performance if one s going to let one s fruit ascend to 15% alcohol. Plum preserves and chocolate laced with bay and brown spices make for a head-turning nose and are joined by roasted red meat character on a sumptuous fine-grained yet persistently juicy palate. Whereas the corresponding Recantou and Cante Lebre bottlings tended toward the confectionary there is a sense of freshness as well as transparency to carnal and stonily mineral elements to the rich fruit on display here. And whereas a certain superficial note of toasted oak also crept into the aforementioned bottlings here any such impression is integrated to the point of background enhancement and the wine finishes with sappy energetic persistence without any impression of heat or drying. This received more frequent racking (including rack-and-return during fermentation) than the other Puech-Haut 2009s so as to ward-off reduction and enhance textural richness and it has worked. Cambie maintains that "at the beginning of its elevage this was quite introverted . but then Bandol too often needs a long elevage. Like Grenache Mourvedre is less forgiving in the cellar than is Syrah but in the end you have a wine of more fat yet more elegance." I can t disagree and it will be fascinating to follow this beauty over the next decade or so especially in comparison with certain of the more flamboyant Bandols or Mourvedre-heavy Chateauneufs. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.



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