Chateau Puech Haut 2004 Tete de Belier Rouge
Château Puech Haut is located in Saint-Drezery, a small village 15 km nord-est from Montpellier. In old Occitan language “puech” means a hill so “puech-haut” means a hill higher than others. This makes a better “drainage” for the vines. The grapes used for their wines are for the reds: Syrah, Grenache and small portions of Mourvedre, Carignan and Cinsault and for the whites: Roussane, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc. The density of the vines is 6000 plants per ha. The yields are anywhere between 2000-3500 kilos per ha. It is a property that starts to be more and more appreciated for its wines. Michel Rolland is consulting. In 2009 the Tete de Belier Rouge and Blanc were served at the 58th Festival de Cannes from Magnums.
The 2004 Tete de Belier rouge is a blend of 75% Syrah, 15% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre. The wine spent 18 months time in French oak barrels. The color is dark red to purple. The nose is intense and complex: red cherries, strawberries, leather, and a hint of barnyard (in a very nice way). Taste: very dense, sour cherries, strawberries, earth and dark pepper, a little bit of oak but very nicely balanced, nice round tannins; there is even a meaty component. The wine is thick and the aftertaste is very long. The wine has 14.5% alcohol but it is so nicely balanced. A great wine to have with big food.