Puech-Haut Clos du Pic
Saint-Drézéry, AOP Languedoc
Ink-colored, blood-scented color, the nose is powerful on violet, raspberry, blackcurrant, vanilla, toasted oak and cocoa. The palate is full-bodied with silky tannins, dark fruit and attractive wood. To keep 25 years or to drink after 2 years.
Two phenomena have particularly disoriented the winegrowers of Languedoc Roussillon this year. Autumn 2015 and winter 2016 were exceptionally dry with rainfall totals between 1st November 2015 and 1st March 2016 were around 100 mm only. But in the same time winegrowers saw mild temperatures throughout the Languedoc. Temperatures were 2.6˚C higher than seasonal norms (hottest winters since 1990 in France). Harvests have been delayed by 10 days due to the hot summer temperatures coupled with a moderate water deficit.
The grapes came into the winery separately and very early in the morning (2 to 8 AM) and maceration in concrete tanks last 150 days for the Syrah. Vinification is made in concrete tanks as well. 100% of the wine is aged in 228 liters barrels for 18 months. The oak barrels are coming from Burgundy oak forests or Troncais forest. Medium toast or medium +. No fining and no filtraton. Small use of the sulfite during vinification.
Grape Variety: 50% Syrah, 40% Mourvedre, 10% Grenache Total Acidity: 64.5 pH: 3.79 ABV: 15% Sugar: <1 Production: 400 cases
Emblematic terroirs of the Languedoc, the Pic St Loup is known for its deep limestone soil (7 meters) dated from 130 millions old. South exposure, protected on the north side by a ridge, the terroir of Clos du Pic loooks at both Pic St Loup mountain and Hortus Mountain. Beautiful garden at 180m of altitude.