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PUECH HAUT 09 BOSC NEGRE
Item: #311139
Bottle Size: 750ml
WA: 93
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PUECH HAUT 2009 BOSC NEGRE

WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "Puech-Hautís new, all-Mourvedre bottling 2009 Coteaux du Languedoc Saint-Drezery Bosc Negre strikes me as supporting the reasonable hypothesis that this grape is especially well-suited to an expressive performance if oneís going to let oneís fruit ascend to 15% alcohol. Plum preserves and chocolate laced with bay and brown spices make for a head-turning nose, and are joined by roasted red meat character on a sumptuous, fine-grained, yet persistently juicy palate. Whereas the corresponding Recantou and Cante Lebre bottlings tended toward the confectionary, there is a sense of freshness as well as transparency to carnal and stonily mineral elements to the rich fruit on display here. And whereas a certain superficial note of toasted oak also crept into the aforementioned bottlings, here any such impression is integrated to the point of background enhancement, and the wine finishes with sappy, energetic persistence, without any impression of heat or drying. This received more frequent racking (including rack-and-return during fermentation) than the other Puech-Haut 2009s so as to ward-off reduction and enhance textural richness, and it has worked. Cambie maintains that ďat the beginning of its elevage, this was quite introverted Ö but then, Bandol, too, often needs a long elevage. Like Grenache, Mourvedre is less forgiving in the cellar than is Syrah, but in the end, you have a wine of more fat yet more elegance.Ē I canít disagree, and it will be fascinating to follow this beauty over the next decade or so, especially in comparison with certain of the more flamboyant Bandols or Mourvedre-heavy Chateauneufs."
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