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Château Puydeval Vin de Pays d'Oc 2008

Member Review by drewjohn:

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.

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Snooth User: drewjohn
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2.50 5
11/19/2010

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.


Snooth User: Levi920
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4.00 5
05/24/2010

Four glasses


External Reviews for Château Puydeval Vin de Pays d'Oc

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.




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