A Languedoc wonder: 2013 Chateau Puech-Haut 91 Points $13.99

Chateau Puech Languedoc

A superb wine

2013 Chateau Puech-Haut  Saint Drézéry Le Prestige

From the Languedoc in the South of France comes this fantastic red wine. The 2013 Chateau Puechi-Haut Saint Drézéry Le Prestige is a blend of 55% Grenache and 45% Syrah aged in concrete tanks.* I found this wine at the South San Francisco Airport Costco priced at $13.99. Both Janelle and I thought this was the best wine bargain we had drunk in recent months. We rate the Chateau Puech-Haut at 91 points. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate gives it 93 Points. What a value wine! This Rhone-style red wine is age-worthy, but you can drink it now and just plain love it. We liked it so much that we went back to Costco and purchased eight more bottles. We will put six of those in the wine cellar for at least one-to-two years.

Decant the Chateau Puech-Haut for two reasons. Breathing time will open up the wine and because there is sediment in the bottle. Carefully pour the wine into a decanter by tilting the wine at a gentle angle. As the wine empties, you will see the sediment. Make sure it stays in the bottle and not get poured into the decanter.

My Tasting Notes: 2013 Chateau Puech-Haut 91 Points

  • Fantastic aroma of dark fruit
  • Beautiful and amazing complex wine
  • Lovely elegance and texture in the mouth
  • Subtle spices and fruit flavors
  • Acidity and tannins very balanced
  • Great aftertaste
  • Drinks like a $40 bottle of wine

Foods we like with the 2013 Chateau Puech-Haut

  • Minestrone soup
  • Lamb dishes
  • Pork Tenderloin
  • Baby Back Ribs
  • Steak on the grill

The Chateau Puech-Haut is an Eric Solomon selection. From the Eric Solomon Spec Sheet: “Owner Gerard Bru, consultant Philippe Cambie and Eric Solomon have collaborated on the Prestige Rouge since the 2009 vintage, capitalizing on the amazing limestone-rich terroir of Saint-Drézèry in the eastern Languedoc. Combining 65-80-year-old Grenache with 45-year-old Syrah, then fermented and aged in concrete.  The winery has crafted a dense and powerful wine, capturing the warm climate of the Mediterranean with all its floral aromatics of dark fruit, spice, cracked pepper and garrigue.”

What’s on the back label

Chateau Puech Red

*Enormous concrete tanks are used for fermenting and aging wine in the Rhone Valley and the Languedoc. We also have found many of these tanks utilized in the Priorat and Montsant wine region of Spain. Check out these two photos of concrete tanks.

Concrete tanks

Concrete fermenting and aging tanks

Chateau Puech-Haut concrete tank

Languedoc Syrah fermenting in this concrete tank.

Comments

  1. I’ll look for this wine at my local Costco. I recently found Seghesio Zinfandel at Safeway for $15.29 (six pack price). This a real bargain for a highly rated Zin

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