Château-Puech-Haut Prestige Rosé 2018
Not yet reviewed; 2015 vintage rated 90-92 points by Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): "The entry-level Rosé is the 2015 Languedoc Cuvee Prestige Rose, and it continues to be a sensational value. Made from 60% Grenache and 40% Cinsault, it’s light pink color is followed by perfumed notes of strawberries, orange blossom and spring flowers. Juicy, clean and refreshing, yet with texture, buy a case of this."
The Prestige Rosé is finished in a unique opaque bottle with an all glass closure.
Chateau Puech Haut occupies 170 hectares including 100 hectares of vines in Saint-Drézéry, a small village 15 km northeast of Montpellier, in the foothills of the Cevennes and belongs to the AOC Coteause du Langedoc. In Provence, a 'Puech' means a small hill (or mountain), a 'Puech Haut' is a hill higher than the others. This position, 'on a hill higher than the others', is conducive to exceptional drainage for the vineyards. The clay and limestone soil is composed of boulders brought by the Rhone in the Quaternary and its plots reside on hillsides protected from excessive temperatures by the nearby Mediterranean Sea and winds including the Mistral, the north wine pervasive in the region.
Wine EnthusiastThis is a pretty, dainty rosé, with initial scents of spiced cherry, wild strawberry and peach tea that dance in the bouquet. The palate is suave and satiny, with a soft texture and ample acidity to frame the ripe fruit tones. The finish offers a subtle melon rind bitterness that lends a soft texture through the close. It's well balanced and harmonious, with a final herbal garrigue-like hit on the back of the close.
Jeb DunnuckPretty, vibrant notes of white peach, white flowers, and salty minerality all emerge from the 2018 Prestige RosÃ©. Made in a crisp, elegant style, it stays balanced and layered on the palate, and is going to be an incredibly versatile rosÃ© to drink over the coming 6-12 months. The blend is 60% Grenache and 40% Cinsault brought up all in tank.