Château Puydeval Vin de Pays d'Oc 2008
69% Cabernet Franc, 28% Syrah, and 12% Merlot - a nice blend and a good price point, however one can do better. Still a little young, somewhat stiff in nature - no real lingering fruit and short on the finish. May improve with some time in the cellar. Decanting helps - let it breath some.Add winemaker's notes
69% Cabernet Franc, 28% Syrah, and 12% Merlot - a nice blend and a good price point, however one can do better. Still a little young, somewhat stiff in nature - no real lingering fruit and short on the finish. May improve with some time in the cellar. Decanting helps - let it breath some.
External Reviews for Château Puydeval Vin de Pays d'Oc
Here's another overachiever in the world of wine value! The price is in keeping with its Vin de Pays d'Oc labeling; however, the quality far exceeds what is typically produced there. Big and broad-shouldered, the wine flexes its muscles, showing off rich, oak-laden raspberry and blackcurrant fruit. It is full-bodied and dense with additional lush characteristics of black cherries dipped in chocolate that unfold to reveal intriguing components of fresh tobacco and spice box. A multi-dimensional wine that yearns for gastronomic companionship.
With just a tad more Syrah than the 2008, Puydeval smells delightfully of fresh blackberries, walnut oil, tobacco, and green herbs; is surprisingly fat and full on the palate; yet finishes with brightness and invigoration. Whether or not the older barriques in which Puydeval spends a short time were responsible for a slight finishing dryness in the otherwise excellent 2006, these two latest vintages suffer no such blemish and each represents a genuinely original wine making tour de force. That said, there is a white Puydeval blend from 2008 that I found downright under-ripe.
Lovers of Cabernet Franc - not to mention value - do not miss this 2008 Puydeval, blended with 28% Syrah and 10% Merlot grown near Carcasonne, and conceived and executed by ambitious oenologist-negociant Jeff Carrell! Machine oil, mulberry, and incense form an intense and striking aromatic display that leads to a rich, almost fat, 14% alcohol, yet positively bright palate, where resin-, cinnamon-, walnut oil, and mint-tinged dark chocolate and mulberries hang on for a surprisingly stubborn finish marked by piquant nuttiness and well-integrated bitterness. This is archetypal Cabernet Franc in character, implausibly rich, and ludicrously under-priced. Plan to enjoy it for at least the next three years, but make your move quickly, because only 2,800 cases (out of 10,000) were slated to reach American shores.