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2010 Chateau Puech-Haut Saint Drézéry Prestige Rose
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- ABV 13%
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Over the last 30 years, the Languedoc region in Southern France has been striving to break away from a not so glorious past. It is nowadays considered a treasure trove for wine and food lovers, thanks to a number of investors from France and around the world, who like the Romans did in their days, recognised the region's stunning potential. One of the many ventures is Chateau Puech Haut, located in the village of Saint Drezery, north east of the city of Montpellie. Part of the wider Coteaux du Languedoc appellation, Saint Drezery is not only the name of a village but also a bona fide geographical denomination that the vignerons are allowed to affix next to the wider AOC (as is the case in the nearby Rhone valley, a regional appellation can sometimes recognize the specificity of certain terroirs confined within its boundaries - think Cotes du Rhone Villages "Plan de dieu", "Roaix", "Valreas" etc...). The peculiar terroir of St Drezery is a case in point. In fact, it's not dissimilar to that of the best in the Southern Rhone. During the Quaternary era, the Rhone river, which has never recognised such administrative boundaries, deposited the same round Alpine pebbles over a sandstone and marls bedrock that are found in the prestigious 'Chateauneuf du Pape' about 100 kms away. Combine this with annual rainfalls 100mm lower than that of nearby villages and the buffering effect of cool Mediterranean breezes and Saint Drezery comes into its own. It's little wonder that it's rapidly become acknowledged as a benchmark in Languedoc. Chateau Puech Haut is the creation of proprietor and hedonist, Gerard Bru, who converted what was originally an olive grove into a state of the art winery, planting the sides of the "Puech" ("hill" in the local dialect) with vineyards. The varietal pool is typically Mediterranean with Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan, as well as the white varietals Viognier, Marsanne and Roussane. Tasting note....
This lighter coloured style of rosé is akin to what the French call "Vin Gris", usually enjoyed with Summer Mediteranean dishes like grilled fish, tian (a cold vegetable flan) and salads, but also as an aperitif with finger foods. Made as a "Rose de presse" (juice straight off the press), the grapes are pressed rather than macerated (as is the case in a "Rose de Saignee"). Chateau Puech Haut employ Grenache and Cinsault for this wine, which is fermented in thermo regulated stainless steel over twenty days to increase flavour intensity. Very light, translucent, salmon pink colour with pale salmon hue. On the nose there are lifted aromas of ripe strawberry, raspberry and musk followed by some confectionary end notes. Excellent aromatic intensity. The palate follows on from the bouquet delivering a mouthfilling flavour profile of cherry, strawberry and musk with a touch of spice on the back palate. Wonderful mouthfeel with a clean, dry finish. Excellent concentration, followed by a long aftertaste of cherry, strawberry, confectionary and spice.
Serve lightly chilled. Drink now (2011)