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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 alcool.

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.

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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
 

TRADE & MEDIA ASSETS /////////////////

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

2017 Puech-Haut Tête de Belier Blanc – Vintage Notes

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

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

2018 Puech-Haut Tête de Belier Blanc – Vintage Notes

Puech-Haut Tête de Belier Blanc – Bottle

Puech-Haut Tête de Belier Blanc – Label