Puech-Haut Tête de Belier Rosé

Saint-Drézéry, AOP Languedoc

After a relative warm winter, a lot of rain in January, record high temperatures for the season in February and March and a hot summer including two short periods in July and August of intense heat.  Temperatures being 2°C higher than normal.  September and October allowed us to harvest in good conditions without massive rains.  Yields were lower than 2019, being the lowest harvest quantity registered.  At the same time, the wines offer a good balance between elegance, freshness and complexity.

Tasting Notes

Wonderful bright, clear rose petal color with a very intense nose that opens up onto white fruits and exotic fruits.  The mouth is very complex and develops into a large aromatic range.

Aperitif, salad, stuffed vegetables, Paella and other Mediterranean dishes.

After a relative warm winter, a lot of rain in January, record high temperatures for the season in February and March and a hot summer including two short periods in July and August of intense heat.  Temperatures being 2°C higher than normal.  September and October allowed us to harvest in good conditions without massive rains.  Yields were lower than 2019, being the lowest harvest quantity registered.  At the same time, the wines offer a good balance between elegance, freshness and complexity.

The grapes came into the winery very early in the morning (2 to 8 AM) and were gently transferred to our Bucher press machines.  After a soft press, direction to our stainless still tanks to fine the juice with some Pea Puree.  Alcoholique fermentation and aging on lees are done in the same tanks on low temperature.  In order to reduce the amount of total sulfites, all the process is inserted with azote gaz that we produce on site.

Grape Variety:  90% Mourvedre, 10% Grenache Total Acidity:  3.41 pH ABV: 13.5% Production:  1000 cases

20 km North East from Montpellier, Puech-Haut soils spread out on 250 ha between 50 and 150 m height.  This terroir made of round pebbles on top of a 4 meters clay layer has a Mediterranean climate.

The 2019 was a vintage of records with a 1st semester very humid (850mm rain) and cold.  Late June a terrible heat wave hit the Languedoc with a maximum of 46˚ C (124˚ F) registered Friday 29th.  The still young berries suffered and 15% of the crop was burnt.  Late July, a second heat wave (41˚ C, 114˚ F) also happened with no damage.  The late season went very well with little rain and mild temperature.  Axel Richarte put a lot of attention to the canopy management in order to protect the berries and obtain some well-balanced fruits.

Tasting Notes

The rose petal-colored dress opens on a nose of a beautiful intensity with notes of citrus and small acidulous fruits.  The mouth is creamy and without heaviness.  A beautiful aromatic complexity with notes of white cherries, jasmine, star anise.  Nice length and finish on white pepper.

The 2019 was a vintage of records with a 1st semester very humid (850mm rain) and cold.  Late June a terrible heat wave hit the Languedoc with a maximum of 46˚ C (124˚ F) registered Friday 29th.  The still young berries suffered and 15% of the crop was burnt.  Late July, a second heat wave (41˚ C, 114˚ F) also happened with no damage.  The late season went very well with little rain and mild temperature.  Axel Richarte put a lot of attention to the canopy management in order to protect the berries and obtain some well-balanced fruits.

The grapes came into the winery very early in the morning (2 to 8 AM) and were gently transferred to our Bucher press machines.  After a soft press, direction to our stainless still tanks to fine the juice with some Pea Puree.  Alcoolique fermentation and aging on lees are done in the same tanks on low temperature.  In order to reduce the amount of total sulfites, all the process is inserted with azote gaz that we produce on site.

Grape Variety:  99% Mourvedre, 1% Grenache 54.9 Meq/L Total Acidity:  3.41 pH ABV: 13.5% Sugar: <1 Production:  1000 cases

20 km North East from Montpellier, Puech-Haut soils spread out on 250 ha between 50 and 150 m height.  This terroir made of round pebbles on top of a 4 meters clay layer has a Mediterranean climate.

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    Wine Enthusiast, November 2021

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    Wine Spectator, December 2020

    "Delicately laced white raspberry and melon notes are underscored with mineral, tangerine and floral accents in this supple rosé, with details of mineral, herb and spice gaining traction on the finish. Mourvèdre and Grenache. Drink now. 2,900 cases made, 761 cases imported."

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    Jeb Dunnuck, August 2020

    "Another beautiful rosé from this estate that does everything right, the 2019 Languedoc Tete Belier Rose reveals a light pink color as well as beautiful notes of white peach, strawberries, and flowers. Made mostly from Mourvèdre, it's medium-bodied, has perfectly integrated acidity, terrific balance, and a clean, dry, juicy finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. It's a gem of a rosé that can be enjoyed on its own or with any number of tapas or starters."

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    Wine Advocate, June 2020

    "Almost entirely Mourvèdre (the appellation requires the wine to be a blend), the 2019 Languedoc Tête de Bélier Rosé features strawberry-like aromas alongside hints of crushed stone, tropical fruit (guava?) and fresh citrus. It's on the full-bodied side of things for a rosé, yet it doesn't come across as being heavy or overly rich, just concentrated, with a long, silky finish."

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