Bottle Notes, Red Blend

2011 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 year. The 2010 Puech-Haut was spectacular and I was excited to try the new release.

Bright crimson red in color. 15% ABV. Red fruits, lavender, iodine and game on the nose. Great texture and mouthfeel. Still somewhat primary. Raspberry liqueur, licorice and cassis on the palate. Perfect balance and a long, lush finish. The wine should continue to evolve and improve with a few years in the cellar.

Simply a great wine for the price.

My rating: 91 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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