One of the top modern growers in the Languedoc and a critical darling is Chateau Puech-Haut. Purchased in 1981 by owner Gerard Bru, the Chateau Puech-Haut is an 18th century property northeast of Montpellier in the commune of Saint-Drezery. It took 15 years for Bru to start making wine on the estate (previously, grapes were all sold) and in 2000 he quit his finance job and went into wine full time. For the first ten years, famed consulting winemaker Michel Rolland helped launch Chateau Puech Haut from obscurity to becoming one of the most talked about wineries in southern France, known for defying expectations of its humble terroir. Today, the estate comprises almost 200 hectares of vineyards, mostly in the appellation of Pic St. Loup, and biodynamically farms over 10 different varietals planted on rocky limestone soils. All grapes are hand harvested and vinification is overseen by consulting oenologist Philippe Cambie, the roving master of Chateauneuf. Whether red, white or rosé, Puech-Haut’s wines are remarkably dense and concentrated with plenty of Provencal character and typicity yet without the rustic, funky edge plaguing many of their neighbors.
The estate's 2017 Tête de Bélier Rosé is a richer, fuller effort made from 90% Mourvèdre and 10% Grenache. Spice, dried flowers, cherries, framboise and dried strawberry notes all flower to a layered, ripe, yet vibrant rosé that's a class act.