Bottle Notes, Red Blend

2013 Chateau Puech-Haut Saint-Drezery Cuvee Prestige – Bottle Notes

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 55% Grenache and 45% Syrah. 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.

This version of Puech-Haut is the new release of one of my value wines from last many years. The 2010 Puech-Haut was spectacular and I was excited to try this wine.

Opaque purple in color. 15% ABV. 55% Grenache and 45% Syrah. Brooding nose of black fruits, creosote and fresh herbs. Full bodied with juicy acidity. Rich and concentrated with ripe, sweet fruit that coats the palate. Flavors of blackberry, raspberry liqueur and cassis. Absolutely delicious. Drink over the next 3-5 years.

My rating: 92 points.

This wine is a tremendous value and you should be able to find it for about $17. I bought a half case and will likely end up going back for more.

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