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WA96: Shocking Value in a Sub-$27 French Red that has the Critics Raving - 11/08/2017 - French Regional Wines

Last time we had a WA96 French red for under $30, we sold through a few pallets in a matter of hours. Peuch Haut's “Closerie du Pic” is the kind of wine we constantly search for, but rarely find - it has press that defies the price, deserves every point, and we expect it'll be gone in a flash as well. Jeb Dunnuck praised it as “one of the gems” of the vintage, and we found it to be about as impressive red you’ll find for under $27, heck, for under $50 for that matter. Exuberant, lively, and with ripe, fleshy fruit, it has a profile similar to a Châteauneuf-du-Pape from a top vintage. Made under the sage guidance of world-renowned consultant Philippe Cambie, it hits all of its marks perfectly from flavor, to texture, to length, and beyond. Given the truly amazing price-to-points ratio, this is destined to become and instant best-seller. While there having been many great 2015s to come down the pike, the "Closerie du Pic" soundly falls in the must have column.

2015 Chateau Puech-Haut "La Closerie du Pic" Coteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint Loup ($26.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Just bottled three weeks ago, the 2015 Pic Saint Loup La Closerie Du Pic is certainly one of the gems in this terrific vintage. Its vibrant purple color is followed by sensational notes of black raspberries, toasted spice, cassis and even a hint of bacon fat. With medium to full-bodied richness, a seamless texture, integrated acidity and a blockbuster finish, drink this straight up fabulous Pic Saint Loup anytime over the coming 7-8 years. Hats off to the team at Puech-Haut, and consultant Philippe Cambie, for this sensational wine! (JD)" (04/2017)

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 04, 2017

Languedoc aficionados take note: the 2015 Closerie is a remarkably delicious wine with rich, layered fruit and graceful power.The Closerie empitomizes the new world style of wines currently streaming from the Languedoc, where recent years have seen tremendous advances in winemaking and quality. This is blend of Grenache aged in concrete and Syrah aged in both new and 2nd-fill French barriques. The result is a silky wine with a concentration of dark fruit flavors, with a mild, tasteful oak influence. Smooth and accessible, yet still bold, this is a must have for those who love powerful reds from Southwest France.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 02, 2017

The 2015 Chateau Puech-Haut "La Closerie du Pic" Coteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint Loup is a limpid red in the glass with enticing aromas of red cherry, raspberry, minerals and spice. The palate is a complex offering of red fruits, spice notes, crushed rocks and the slightest hint of oak. Theres great energy and grace to this wine as it slowly unwinds on the palate. A great value, this is one of the best offerings from the Languedoc I have tasted this year.

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 02, 2017

We've had a lot of stellar Rhone-inspired French reds of late that I've really enjoyed, but this has quickly become my favorite. Puech Haut's Closerie du Pic could easily sub in for a $60 bottle of top vintage, highly rated Chateaneuf in a blind tasting. There's great focus, purity, minerality, and depth here even after the cork is just pulled, but it evolves beautifully in the glass and deserves a short decant at this stage of the game. This is one that anybody who enjoys a beautiful bottle of Rhone-inspired wine should grab hold of.