This biodynamic red is created from fruit harvested from Grenache and Syrah vines averaging 60 years of age planted to clay limestone and gravel soils. The fruit is hand-harvested and destemmed, and treated to a pre-fermentation maceration that yields considerable extraction. Prior to blending, the resulting Grenache wine is aged 16 months in concrete tank, while the Syrah sees 16 months in new French oak barrels.
Château 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 Gérard Bru spares no expense in his quest for excellence. Located quite close to Pic Saint-Loup, in Saint-Drézéry, Puech-Haut is near the far western border of the Rhône 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.
Wine Advocate on the 2014 Quercus: (92-94)
- Red Blend