Today there are about 115 hectares of grapevines in the vineyard. The estate enjoys a very favorable Mediterranean climate along with soils of clay and limestone
and topped with round pebbles, just like you find in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The grapes are chosen for how well they grow on the land (Syrah and grenache are the most common), and they are cultivated according to sensible methods, without chemical herbicides. The harvest is done by hand when the grapes are at the height of their maturity.
The wine-making process, using vats and wooden barrels depending on the color, keeps the varieties separate to preserve all of their specific attributes. Then, the aging takes place in barrels that meet the criteria that imprint an astonishing uniqueness on the wines of the estate. This is an estate with many special qualities, and the character of the land comes out in the wine, which is a sure sign of the treasure of the truly unique wines of Languedoc. Gault Millau Vin 2009: Remarkable. “Gérard Bru is very ambitious, and he has made major investments to put Puech-Haut at the Zenith of the wines of Languedoc…” Robert Parker: Estate classed among the Best Producers of Languedoc (category Good/Excellent) “With the support of the great oenologist Michel Rolland, M. Bru has set as his objective the creation of the best wines of the region.” The wines of Puech Haut which have received a number of distinctions, such as the Rousanne Trophy international distinction make this vineyard one of the shining stars of Languedoc Roussillon.
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.