Even better, and one of the best values I've tasted in a long, long time, the 2013 Coteaux du Languedoc La Closerie du Pic is a new cuvee that's made for importer Eric Solomon. Coming all from the Pic Saint Loup region and a blend of equal parts Syrah and Grenache vinified all in concrete tank (the Syrah is then aged 12 months in new and one-year-old barrels), it offers extraordinary aromas of violets, spring flowers, creme de cassis and licorice in a full-bodied, voluptuous and massively textured package. While a big wine, it carries itself beautifully and has fantastic freshness, fine tannin and a seamless finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. Count me a fan, and at the price, it should not be missed!
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.
Score: 96, Jeb Dunnuck,
RobertParker.com (211), February 2014