Chateau Puech Haut is in Saint-Drezery, a small village northeast of Montpellier. In Provence, a ‘Puech’ means a small hill. A ‘Puech Haut’ is a hill higher than the others. This wine comes from 60-70 year old vines and is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre, and 5% Carignan. Aged half in concrete and half in neutral barrel it is a special bottling made for Eric Solomon by Philippe Cambie for the US market.
Bright purple in color and 15% ABV. Red fruits, lavender and licorice explode from the glass. The wine is concentrated, plush and coats the mouth with ripe, sweet fruit. Framboise, cherry liqueur, asian spices, violets, plums and earth on the palate. The finish is long and sweet.
What a delicious wine!
My rating: 92 points.
This wine is a tremendous value and you should be able to find it for about $20. Buy a half case and enjoy it over the next 3-5 years.
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