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Price-Drop: A 93-Point, Southern French Red Value Just Got Even Better - 04/19/2017 - French Regional Wines

At its original price of $20, the 93-Point, 2013 Chateau Puech-Haut "Cuvée Prestige" was already the quintessential southern French values red. But now that we were able to secure a 20% price reduction, it is now among the best values we’ve found in 2017. A well-established, perennial favorite this Languedoc red, which is the product of the combined talents of proprietor Gerard Bru and consultant Philippe Cambie, is every bit as good as what we’ve come to expect from this stellar estate. Joining elegance and a high-toned approach it is fleshy and endlessly expressive. Carefully crafted in an open and user-friendly style it will appeal to fans of the old world and new world alike. Previously vintages have always sold out in a flash and give the discounted price on this last parcel of 2013, we expect much the same here.

Chateau Puech-Haut in many ways has come to define the new approach to winemaking in the Languedoc. As is seen beautifully in this 2013 bottling, the "Cuvée Prestige" is a wine that draws one in with its intoxicating aromatics and continues to seduce with lively and expressive flavors of boysenberry, wild plum, cassis, anise seed, baking spice, and herbs de provence. Well defined from start to finish, it is guided by a fine tannic structure and balanced acidity. The bottle is so good, you’ll have to remind yourself you paid just under $16. This last discounted parcel is likely not to last long, so don’t hesitate to scoop up your bottles.

2013 Château Puech-Haut "Cuvée Prestige" Coteaux du Languedoc Rouge (Previously $20) ($15.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Coteaux du Languedoc Prestige (which was already in bottle at the time of this tasting) is a blend of 55% Grenache and 45% Syrah aged all in concrete tank. Fresh, elegant and thrillingly pure, with first rate aromas of blackberry, fresh plum, licorice and ground herbs, it is decidedly sexy and forward, yet stays perfectly balanced, with juicy acidity and fine tannin on the finish. Enjoy this superb value over the coming 4-5 years (although it will evolve longer). Easily one of the top estates in the Languedoc (if not southern France), Chateau Puech Haut lies just outside the village of Saint-Drezery and is owned and run by Gerard Bru, with consulting help from Philippe Cambie. They produce a number of cuvees, with their entry level efforts representing superb values, and their top cuvees being able to stand toe to toe with the greatest wines in the world. (JD)" (02/2014)

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 17, 2017

Puech Haut is an exemplary project constantly demonstrating the highest level of quality that can be achieved from a highly dedicated team which has included some of the great winemakers like Michel Rolland and Philippe Cambie. Speaking of Cambie, Philippe is one of Chateauneuf-du-Pape's most acclaimed winemakers and his touch really shines through on this, the 2013 Puech Haut. Showing the density and weight of a top-tier Southern Rhone, this has all the hallmarks of a Janasse, Clos Saint Jean or Mordoree CDP -- for 1/3 the price! Deep chocolatey black fruit, fig compote and roasted plums erupt from the glass. Not in any way shy, this is a solid candidate for short term aging if you want some of the more nuanced flavors to emerge but at the end of the day, this is pure lush hedonism at its best!

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 15, 2017

This is a deliciously full flavored Grenache-Syrah blend from the Languedoc. Very deep and pure flavors of plum, violets, blueberry, and blackberry, with a little bit of toast and great acidity for freshness. This is the third vintage Ive tasted and it continues to be one of my favorite reds from the south of France, where great values abound.