Puech-Haut Tête de Belier Blanc

Saint-Drézéry, AOP Languedoc

After a cold and wet winter and a very wet spring, we had three weeks of rain in June which had the advantage of recharging the water reserves, and for disadvantage a proliferation of late blight affecting.  Fortunately for Puech-Haut our daily protected us against the strong attacks of mildew.  We will therefore remember especially this vintage, the extreme quality of the harvest harvested, thanks to a very hot summer punctuated with regular rainfall, limited and short, a dry air and favorable temperatures with day-night differences quite marked.  This favorable climatic context made it possible to harvest grapes at their optimum maturity in most plots.  2018 has all the characteristics of a beautiful vintage in Languedoc.

Tasting Notes

The bright yellow color suggests a nose with complex notes of yellow fleshed fruits, honey and gingerbread, as well as, buttery character.  The palate is full, supple, balanced on refreshing and round notes, very long finish on mineral notes with an impressive balance.

After a cold and wet winter and a very wet spring, we had three weeks of rain in June which had the advantage of recharging the water reserves, and for disadvantage a proliferation of late blight affecting.  Fortunately for Puech-Haut our daily protected us against the strong attacks of mildew.  We will therefore remember especially this vintage, the extreme quality of the harvest harvested, thanks to a very hot summer punctuated with regular rainfall, limited and short, a dry air and favorable temperatures with day-night differences quite marked.  This favorable climatic context made it possible to harvest grapes at their optimum maturity in most plots.  2018 has all the characteristics of a beautiful vintage in Languedoc.

The grapes came into the winery very early in the morning (2 to 8 AM) and gentle press was made for 1 hour.  Cold stettling is made just after for Marsanne & Roussane.  For the Grenache we prefer the stalling.  Fermentation and aging is made in new oak barrels.  Daily batonnage for the first 2 months.  100% of the wine is aged in 228 liters barrels coming from Burgundy region and Troncais region.  Medium toast and new oak barrels are used for that aging.

Grape Variety: 40% Marsanne, 40% Roussanne, 15% Grenache blanc, 5% Viognier 60 Meq/L Total Acidity: 3.53 pH ABV: 14% Sugar: <1 Production: 2000 cases

The 2017 vintage was very difficult with frost, spring heat wave followed by a dry summer.  Languedoc has not been spared by the bad weather this year, and the harvest were two weeks ahead on average, with quantities falling sharply (lowest harvest of the last 15 years) but a quality to the rendez-vous.

Tasting Notes

The golden yellow color suggests a nose with complex notes of smoke, yellow fleshed fruits, honey and gingerbread.  All raised by a woody touch.  The palate is full, supple, balanced on refreshing round notes.  The balance is impressive.  No feeling of alcohol.

The 2017 vintage was very difficult with frost, spring heat wave followed by a dry summer.  Languedoc has not been spared by the bad weather this year, and the harvest were two weeks ahead on average, with quantities falling sharply (lowest harvest of the last 15 years) but a quality to the rendezvous.

The grapes came into the winery very early in the morning (2 to 8 AM) and gentle press was made for 1 hour.  Cold stettling is made just after for Marsanne & Roussane.  For the Grenache we prefer the stalling.  Fermentation and aging is made in new oak barrels.  Daily batonnage for the first 2 months.  100% of the wine is aged in 228 liters barrels coming from Burgundy region and Troncais region.  Medium toast and new oak barrels are used for that aging.

Grape Variety:  40% Marsanne, 40% Roussanne, 15% Grenache blanc, 5% Viognier 60 Meq/L Total Acidity:  3.53 pH ABV: 14% Sugar: <1 Production:  2000 cases

  • 90

    points

    Wine Advocate, June 2020

    "A barrel-fermented and aged blend of 40% Viognier with 30% each Marsanne and Roussanne, the 2018 Languedoc Tête de Bélier Blanc is smoky on the nose, with scents of grilled stone fruit and pineapple. It's medium to full-bodied, plump and round in the mouth, then boasts hints of citrus pith on the silky, lingering finish."

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  • 90

    points

    Wine Spectator, 2021

    "This white is broad and spicy, with accents of clove marking the mango, white peach and pineapple flavors interwoven with details of honey and toast. Savory notes of mineral, white pepper and herb round out the long finish. Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier. Drink now through 2023. 2,500 cases made, 336 cases imported."

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  • 94

    points

    Jeb Dunnuck, August 2020

    "Based on 40% Viognier and 30% each of Marsanne and Roussanne that was fermented and aged in barrel, the 2018 Tete De Belier Blanc offers a rich yet pure and vibrant bouquet of apricots, white flowers, honeysuckle, brioche, and caramelized pineapple. It's beautifully done, medium to full-bodied, has both richness and freshness, and a great finish. It's a brilliant white that reminds me slightly of a Condrieu from the likes of Andre Perret. Drink it over the coming year or three."

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  • 92-94

    points

    Wine Advocate, May 2019

    "A barrel-fermented wine based mainly on Roussanne, the 2017 Languedoc Saint Drezery Tête de Bélier Blanc looks to be another thrilling example of this bottling. Hints of toast highlight notes of marshmallow, apricot and pineapple on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is creamy and ripe, then brought into crisp focus on the long finish by hints of white pepper and tannin."

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  • 93

    points

    Jeb Dunnuck, April 2019

    "The 2017 Tête De Belier Blanc is a blend of 40% each of Marsanne and Roussanne, with the balance Grenache Blanc and Viognier. This rocking white boasts rock star notes of white peach, caramelized white currants, white flowers, and brioche, with just a touch of crushed rock-like minerality, Deep, rich, and layered on the palate, with full-bodied richness, it stays fresh, balanced, and elegant."

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2018 Puech-Haut Tête de Belier Blanc – Sell Sheet – 94 pts, Jeb Dunnuck

2018 Puech-Haut Tête de Belier Blanc – Sell Sheet – 90 pts, Wine Advocate

2017 Puech-Haut Tête de Belier Blanc – Sell Sheet – 92-94 pts, Wine Advocate

2018 Puech-Haut Tête de Belier Blanc – Vintage Notes

2017 Puech-Haut Tête de Belier Blanc – Vintage Notes

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