2011 Château Puech-Haut "Prestige" Côteaux du Languedoc Saint-Drézéry (Elsewhere $21) SKU #1285992


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Chateau Puech Haut is the passion project of Gerard Bru who is known for taking no half measures. When he wanted a vineyard, he sought out incredible terroir in an undeveloped region and over time created one of the largest properties in the area. When he wanted a chateau for the property, he transplanted a classical villa from the city of Montpellier to the site stone by stone. Paying hommage to the region when they were excavating the site, an ornamental ram's head from an ancient church was discovered and became the emblem of the estate. As for wine, with Michel Rolland starting the project and now with Phillipe Cambie (one of the greats of Chateauneuf du Pape) acting as his consulting winemaker, the wines too are made by no half measure. The "Prestige" is composed of Grenache and Syrah. The grapes are grown on a mix of clay and limestone with pebbles, similar to the famed soils of the Rhone Valley. Maturation is done in cement tank. The wine is pure and rich. Perfect with grilled duck, short ribs or lamb.

Staff Reviews

  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    This gem from Languedoc features very fresh flavors of blue and black fruit, a hint of toasted oak and elements of wild herbs and mocha on the bouquet. It has a full, plush texture with rich velvety tannins, and a very approachable nature with soft acid and rich fruit development from the extra bottle age. There is certainly a lot of complexity and depth for the price, common traits for a “Vin de Languedoc”
  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    Floral on the nose, with lush plummy fruit right off the bat, the 2011 Château Puech-Haut "Prestige” is more minerally than previous vintages, showing nice lift through the fuller palate and subtle foresty notes. But it drinks as richly as ever, flashing silky tannins and finishing big. I can’t believe this prestigious producer has wine available for less than twenty bucks, let alone twelve!
  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    Gérard Bru of Chateau Puech-Haut is driven by the unwavering belief that the Coteaux du Languedoc can produce some of the most stunningly charismatic wines in all of France. Hard to argue, as even his more modest wines possess a range of flavors that spring like young rabbits across the undulating fields, furrows and meadows of your palate. (Why rabbits you might ask? A nod to the magnificent Richard Adams, late author of Watership Down). And for sheer value and mouthwatering appeal, it’s impossible to exaggerate the beauty and texture of this wine, a confiture of ripe, dark plums, raspberries, cherry kirsch and lavender, with polished tannins on the long, seductive finish. Not to be missed, but trust my whiskers that this wine will soon disappear down a rabbit hole if you hesitate to snare a few bottles....
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Puech Haut is an exemplary project constantly demonstrating the highest level of quality that can be achieved from a highly dedicated team which has included some of the great winemakers like Michel Rolland and Philippe Cambie. Recently uncovered in our suppliers warehouse, these last 80 cases came to us on the cheap. So cheap, we've been asked to keep the price off the internet. Even better, with a couple of years of bottle age, the "Prestige" demonstrates that even at their entry level, these are gorgeous wines that relish discovery in your cellar after just a few years. Of course, why wait, it already has those years and is showing that much better for it. Loads of savory brambly black fruit, spicy garrigue, potpourri... the tannins are mellow, the fruit is spicy and integrated and the finish is long. All that's left is to buy some bottles, drink up and enjoy!
  • Olivia Ragni
    By: Olivia Ragni
    K&L Staff Member
    With a core of dark cherry, blackberry and cassis sounded by graphite like minerality, plush tannin and a long finish of cocoa and pine-cone, this is a lot of wine for under $12! This wine will please any guest that walks through the door, so be sure to stock up before it's all gone.
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    This deep and husky wine is filled with earthy dark currant and macerated plum fruit that finishes fresh and lively despite the weight and richness. Flowery aromas and forest scents play off of the sweet raspberry flavors that keep evolving as you swirl the glass. Amazing value here.


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