Pierre Rostaing is now firmly in charge of this domaine and running it very successfully, working by hand and mostly organically. His holdings in Côte-Rôtie now count 30 parcels across 11 hectares.
This stunning value wine is from Pierre Rostaing’s highly impressive venture in the Languedoc.
Puech Noble was originally named Puech Chaud and it is located in a relatively cool microclimate, in the Côteaux du Languedoc near Nîmes. The wines feature a slight garrique character and this is the only hint that the wines do not originate from the Northern Rhône. Bought in the late 1990s by René Rostaing and his wife, the estate gave René a chance to produce Syrah on the limestone soils so beloved by many French growers. Puech Noble is now producing one of the South’s most beautiful wines, mainly from Syrah, but also including small quantities of Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Rolle along with an impressive line up of white varietals. These wines are beautifully expressive, rich, elegant, ethereal and hedonistic, yet modest and subtle.
Made from 70% Syrah and 30% Mourvèdre, this great little red from Pierre Rostaing’s venture in the Languedoc has a gorgeous nose of red cherry laced with cranberry. The aromas are succulent, ripe and fine. The palate is really enticing with such depth. There are beautiful layers of more red cherries and cranberries, along with an almost Jazz apple-like refreshment. Gentle blackberry hints add softness to the flavours. Yet the wine has focus and precision, and a fantastic river-stone finish. The tannins are fine and corduroy-like, soft yet present and gently resolving on the tongue. This is lovely.