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2016 CHATEAU PUECH HAUT PRESTIGE ROSE 1.5L

2016 CHATEAU PUECH HAUT PRESTIGE ROSE 1.5L

Region: France
Varietal: Rose

Vintage: 2016

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RATINGS: 93pts Wine Advocate

One only needs to glance briefly through the notes of Jancis Robinson, Robert Parker, Andrew Jefford and David Schildknecht (among many others) to discover their love affair with the Languedoc. And by that, we mean head-over-heels, butterflies-in-the-stomach kind of love. We have had affection for the region since the humble beginnings of European Cellars when our motto was “unknown…and unsold” - an affection that remains as exciting to us today as it did 25 years ago. Chateau Puech-Haut has been on the critic’s radar for some time - which makes sense since the property has employed Michel Rolland, Claude Gros and now Philippe Cambie as consulting enologist. Visionary owner Gerard Bru spares no expense in his quest for excellence. Located quite close to Pic Saint-Loup, in Saint-Drezery, Puech-Haut is near the far western border of the Rhone valley and benefits from both its proximity to the Mediterranean and the rugged, mountainous interior of France. There are slightly over 50 hectares planted with Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Carignan, Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Carignan Blanc. The wines from Puech-Haut are rich and lush but also show the earthy and mineral character of the rocky clay-limestone soils of the region.

While considerably less than 50% of the blend of the Prestige Rose, Cinsaut makes its presence felt through the vivacious fruit and perfume of this wine. The remainder is Grenache - a fitting companion as both these grapes have a long history in the Languedoc and compliment each other quite well. The pale color comes from the gentle pressing of these grapes right after harvest rather than by maceration on the skins.

Tasting Notes: Wine Advocate 92 points - Beautiful as always, the 2016 Saint Drezery Prestige Rose offers clean, crisp notes of white peach, strawberries and hints of flowers. It’s a terrific, medium-bodied, elegant beauty to buy by the case..Jeb Dunnuck, April/2017.

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