Puech-Haut Tête de Belier Rouge

Saint-Drézéry, AOP Languedoc

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

Tasting Notes

Garnet color, violet hues, the nose is marked by black and ripe berries.  Little woody touch.  The palate is intense and generous, wrapped by an aromatic palette of red and black fruits, spice notes.  Very balanced final.  Do not hesitate to serve it slightly fresh. 16˚ C

The 2017 vintage was very difficult with frost, spring heat wave followed by a dry summer.  Languedoc has not been spared bad weather this year, and the harvest were two weeks ahead of 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 8AM) and maceration in concrete tanks last 50 days for the syrah and 35 days for the other varietals.  Vinification is made in concrete tank as well.  100% of the wine is aged in 228 liters barrels coming from Burgundy oak forests or Troncais forest.  Medium toast or medium +.  No fining and no filtration.

Grape Variety:  70% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 8% Mourvedre, 2% Carignan 62.20 Meq/L Total Acidity: 3.84 pH ABV: 15% Sugar: <1 Production: 4,000 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.

  • 91

    points

    Puech-Haut Tête de Belier Rouge
    Wine Spectator, February 2021

    "Nicely crafted, this red sports bright raspberry notes cut with anise, cola and dried floral flavors. Welcoming savory undertones of olive, garrigue and hot stone accentuate the savory spice details on the long finish. Muscular tannins. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan. Drink now through 2026. 8,200 cases made, 336 cases imported."

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  • 93

    points

    Puech-Haut Tête de Belier Rouge
    Wine Advocate, May 2019

    "The 2017 Languedoc Saint Drezery Tête de Bélier is a sexy blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 5% each Carignan and Mourvèdre. Smoke, garrigue and black-cherry scents all combine on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is spicy, rich and concentrated, offering plenty of substance to chew on and adding hints of licorice on the long finish."

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  • 93-95

    points

    Puech-Haut Tête de Belier Rouge
    Jeb Dunnuck, April 2019

    "The 2017 Tête De Belier shows the changing style at this estate and offers a more Northern Rhône vibe in its green olive, bacon fat, smoked herbs, and meaty black fruits. Based on 70% Syrah, 20% Grenache, and the rest Mourvèdre and Carignan, aged in barrel, it’s medium to full-bodied, has a concentrated yet focused texture, and a great finish. It’s going to benefit from a year or two of bottle age."

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2017 Puech-Haut Tête de Belier Rouge – Sell Sheet – 93 pts, Wine Advocate

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