The “Sensational” 2014 La Closerie du Pic from Puech-Haut

The 2014 vintage of Puech-Haut’s Côte-Rôtie lookalike has just arrived at our warehouse. Many of our customers bought and have taken delivery of the fantastic 2013 vintage. We loved that wine and we hope that you have enjoyed the bottles that you have had delivered. Having just tasted the new vintage, we’re sure that you’ll want to try this one too. It is perhaps a little more restrained and linear than the 2013 but it still has the wonderful core of dark fruit and crucially, it is still great value for money.

Pic St Loup may be one of France’s most underrated communes. Lying some 20 miles north of Montpellier, it forms part of the Côteaux du Languedoc and it produces many very impressive wines that tend to be so popular domestically that they never leave France. One of the best exponents of the region is Château Puech-Haut, a firm Farr Vintners favourite thanks to their brilliant Rosé and their Prestige Rouge (one of our biggest ever sellers).

The 2014 La Closerie du Pic is made from Syrah and Grenache and is a dead ringer for a wine from the Northern Rhône – in particular, Côte Rôtie. It has power and concentration but at no point does it feel overworked, thanks to a solid backbone of acidity and freshness that carries bags of dark fruit through to a very long finish.

Jeb Dunnuck, the Rhône specialist at Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, gives this wine an impressive 92-94 points and says that “It got a big “wow” in my notes and has fabulous, fresh, lively notes of dark fruits, crushed rocks and spring flowers”. He goes on to say “this is a sensational Pic Saint Loup that will drink well right out of the gate, yet evolve for 7-8 years or more.” We agree! This is a delicious wine that, whilst drinking very well now, will keep for up to another 5 years (at least) and it represents exceptional value-for-money.

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Southern France2014Pic St Loup, La Closerie du Pic, Château Puech-HautBT80150.00cs92/94 JDAdd to Basket
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“Still not yet bottled (I tasted it from barrel last year as well), the 2014 Languedoc Pic Saint Loup Closerie du Pic is a blend of mostly Syrah and Mourvèdre, with a splash of Grenache. It got a big “wow” in my notes and has fabulous, fresh, lively notes of dark fruits, crushed rocks and spring flowers. There’s notable oak on the nose, but it’s beautifully integrated and lends a polish and richness to its texture. Full-bodied, with ripe tannin and a great finish, this is a sensational Pic Saint Loup that will drink well right out of the gate, yet evolve for 7-8 years or more.”

92-94 points, Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

“The Closerie du Pic is much more Northern Rhone in style than the other wines in the Puech-Haut range. Deep purple in colour, the nose offers ripe bramble fruits, damson, coffee and a touch of black pepper. The palate is full and round but with smooth, plush tannins softly supporting the fruit. Blackberry, damson and plum fruits rise through the mid-palate with hints of black pepper and black olive. Long, fine and round, this is a juicy and approachable wine with a lovely floral violet-scented finish.”

16.5+ points, Farr Vintners