Chateau Puech Haut – The Star of Languedoc
Gérard Bru, owner of the Puech-Haut estate, is a man of great personal resources. An industrialist who decided to go into wine production, he returned to his oldest passion: working on the land.
His habit is to think big! For him, half-measures will never do. He knows where he’s going and how to get there. From his years in industry, he has honed the skills of management and development. He is a man of the “land” and he has always been someone who insists on concrete results and not just talk. While some dream and plan, he is a doer. Starting with a land devoid of any grapes, he has built what is now one of the largest vineyards in the region, and at its heart was born the “Château Puech-Haut”, built from the stones of the old Prefecture of Montpellier. This was originally a bourgeois residence built in Italian style between the 17th and 18th centuries, and it was slated for demolition.
Grape varieties that were originally chosen for the vineyard were Grenache and Syrah. After that, Gérard Bru bought some neighboring lands with old Carignans (50 to 60 years old) and planted some hectares with the three white varieties of the Rhône – Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne. Today the vineyard stretches across 184 hectares, including 92 in Saint Drézéry and 19 in Pic Saint Loup. Their appellation era is Coteaux du Languedoc, Saint Drézéry, which is the name of the community and the smallest of the “terroirs” of Languedoc.
New on Ewineasia – Ram’s Head (Tete de Belier)
Both Château Puech-Haut and its owner Gérard Bru have a remarkable story to tell: a former manufacturer who, from nothing, created a wine-growing estate that after only 10 years is leading the way in Languedoc.
During renovation work on his mansion, he discovered an ornamental stone, a ram’s head (tête de bélier) from a 17th century chapel that would become the symbol of the château’s iconic vintages. In the words of Gérard Bru: “The Ram is to Puech-Haut what the sheep is to the Rothschilds”.
From then, their talisman is created with two exquisite cuvees: the Ram’s Head (Tête de Bélier) Blanc and Rouge.
🍇 Roussanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Viognier
Made from mostly Roussanne, aged in barrel, the Tete de Belier Blanc offers a tropical, exotic and medium-bodied style to go with terrific notes of orange blossoms, pineapple and citrus. Balanced, fresh and with terrific length, it’s another white from this estate that has both richness and freshness. It will keep for 3 to 4 years, probably longer
🍽 Perfect with fishes, white meat with light sauces, and hard cheeses
Retail Price: S$ 79.00
* Robert Parker: 93 pts *
🍇 Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan
A ripe, hedonistic effort that offers lots of minerality, darker fruits, pepper and underbush, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, ripe tannins and a gorgeously pure, seamless texture. It’s already just about impossible to resist, yet given its balance, purity and structure
🍽 Perfect with grilled meat, duck, roasted meat and mature cheeses
Retail Price: S$ 80.00
* Robert Parker: 91 pts *